Posted: 6/06/2020 2:18 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Eric Ebron and TE Vance McDonald will likely battle for the starting role during training camp, according to Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Huddle Up: Both McDonald and Ebron saw a dramatic drop in their production in 2019, but the fact that Ebron is expected to at least be used as a red zone weapon gives him the better fantasy outlook. Consider him a touchdown-dependent TE2 with streaming potential.
Posted: 4/15/2020 5:15 pm UTC
The Pittsburgh Steelers hope TE Eric Ebron will be able to return to his 2018 Pro Bowl form, when he caught 66 passes for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns with the Indianapolis Colts. With Ebron and Vance McDonald on roster, the team may be able to utilize both players in double tight-end sets.
Huddle Up: Ebron should be considered a better TE2 or DFS play than a TE1 entering the year; he'll lose some targets to McDonald, who also had a career-year in 2018 (50-610-4) and will also be looking to rebound.
Posted: 3/16/2020 8:37 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald has agreed to restructure his contract in order for the team to create some salary cap space, according to a source. The team converted McDonald's $5.5 million base salary to a signing bonus.
Huddle Up: McDonald had a disappointing 2019 season but should post better numbers with Ben Roethlisberger back as the quarterback. He could be a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues next season.
Posted: 12/30/2019 12:34 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Devlin Hodges completed 9-of-25 passes for just 95 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens, as the loss eliminated the team from the playoffs. RB Benny Snell Jr. rushed 18 times for a team-high 91 yards and a touchdown. WR Diontae Johnson led the team with four grabs for a team-high 54 yards on seven targets, while WR JuJu Smith-Schuster was limited to two grabs for six yards in the finale. TE Vance McDonald also chipped in with two snags for 19 yards on his two targets.
Posted: 12/27/2019 8:14 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 27, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: McDonald probably will receive a few targets in the passing game this week but can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
Posted: 12/26/2019 9:26 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: McDonald has been held to 40 yards or less in every game this season and can be avoided in all fantasy leagues this week.
Posted: 12/25/2019 9:31 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: McDonald has been a disappointing fantasy option this season and can be keep on the bench this week.
Posted: 12/20/2019 8:32 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 16.
Huddle Up: McDonald has not been a big factor in the passing game this season and probably will only see a few targets this week. He can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
Posted: 12/20/2019 6:57 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald on Friday, Dec. 20, cleared the concussion protocol and is expected to play in Week 16, on Sunday, Dec. 22.
Huddle Up: Yes, McDonald should be back after missing Week 15, but he's a super-deep league consideration only after catching more than three passes twice all season and reaching 40 yards only once with three total TDs on the year.
Posted: 12/19/2019 8:42 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.
Huddle Up: McDonald is on track to play and probably will see some targets during the game. He has been a disappointing fantasy option this season and can be avoided if fantasy players have other options available.