Despite the seventh training camp session being a pad-less afternoon, the tight end made plenty of head-turning plays. Literally.
McDonald made the most of his practice reps. Starting tight end
That meant more opportunities for other targets in the passing game. McDonald answered the call. He made his best reception of camp, reaching out to make a fingertip catch on a 20-yard seam route thrown by
McDonald was late to turn his head around and look back at his quarterback, offensive coordinator Greg Roman revealed.
"We’d like to get him around a little bit quicker there," Roman said. "I think entirely, us as an offense going through training camp, everything is not going to be perfect and I don’t know that we’d want it to be."
McDonald’s catch showed he's improving as a pass-catcher entering year two of his NFL career. McDonald caught three other passes from Kaepernick and another deep ball from
"Vance has done a very good job," Roman said. "He’s certainly, a year under his belt, he’s a lot better player than he was when he got here a year ago. He’s certainly better off for being exposed to everything that he’s been exposed to last year in terms of offseason, training camp, preseason, regular season, playoffs. He’s got a lot of experience under his belt. Played a lot of snaps as a first-year player.
"I think a lot of his game is coming along. It’s just like anybody else, like the sign says outside, ‘You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse’. I really think he’s making strides and getting better."
Offensive Play of the Day
McDonald turned in the best catch, but the best play was
Kaepernick completed four consecutive passes and capped the drive with a 20-yard touchdown throw to Patton, the second-year wideout. Patton beat
The former defensive lineman caught a short pass from Gabbert and was stripped immediately by Willis.
Members of the PUP (physically unable to perform) list did not practice. The group includes linebacker
-Undrafted tight ends
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