Vance McDonald ready for more with A.B. in Oakland

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With Antonio Brown now in Oakland, someone will have to pick up the catches, yards and touchdowns he produced in Pittsburgh for the offense to continue as it has. The Steelers are asking more from tight end Vance McDonald for one.

It’s required; it’s definitely being asked, and I will embrace it,” McDonald said Tuesday, via Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Brown averaged 103 catches for 1,380 yards and nine touchdowns the past eight seasons, so the Steelers have their work cut out for them in trying to replace his numbers.

McDonald, though, said he and his teammates are up to the task.

McDonald, who has spent the past two seasons with the Steelers after a trade from San Francisco, set career highs last season with 50 receptions for 610 yards and tied his career high with four touchdowns. He was third in targets behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and Brown, seeing 72 passes intended for him.

“The things A.B. is capable of doing — he’s a freak; he’s so good,” McDonald said. “Ben [Roethlisberger] is the best quarterback who will allow us to take that piece that A.B. was given and now allow it to go through different avenues, whether it’s the tight ends or the receivers. It will take some part of the coaches, too. Obviously, you’re calling plays specifically for A.B. in the game. Now it might go to JuJu, [Donte] Moncrief, Eli [Rogers] or [Ryan Switzer] or me or the other tight ends. It will be fun and interesting to see how we can be creative and let that happen.”

13 responses to “Vance McDonald ready for more with A.B. in Oakland

  1. Very interestinf to see this non Me First Offence in Pittsburgh. Will they be better off without two of the best players in the league or not….

    Hard to say really.. maybe?

  2. If things don’t go well and the Raiders are losing, AB will start pointing fingers. He’s a me me me egocentric jerk.

  3. You dont just replace browns 1400 recieving yards, and 1800yards from bell. Both were among, if not the best at their best positions for about half a decade! Big Ben will be on his radio show calling out juju, or connor by week 5

  4. When the Steelers are bringing up the rear in their division, fingers will be pointed at the Steelers Head Cheerleader, Mike Tomlin.

  5. @joetoronto
    You can forget about the bringing up the rear stuff with Pittsburgh
    With all the drama this off-season,this is the perfect time that they will probably win the Superbowl
    It’s happened before in 05

  6. aldavis4president says:
    May 28, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    You dont just replace browns 1400 recieving yards, and 1800yards from bell. Both were among, if not the best at their best positions for about half a decade! Big Ben will be on his radio show calling out juju, or connor by week 5

    You do realize James had a pro bowl year last year for Pit and Bell didnt play at all?

  7. widerightyouloseagain says:
    May 28, 2019 at 5:04 pm
    Shutter looked good opposite AB but AB isn’t there now, look for Shuster’s numbers to plummet.

    Thats what people said when the steelers signed AB and let Mike Wallace walk….

  8. Football is a team game and AB and Bell are Me first guys. Enough said. Ask the Pats how that works.

  9. This butterfingered klutz and JuJu Smith-Fumble are the best gifts a defense could ask for. Can’t wait to see how many balls (and games) they give away this year

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