Our training camp positional previews continue with a look at San Francisco’s tight end group.
- San Francisco added a pair of promising tight ends as undrafted free agents.
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If Davis is not around for the start of training camp, which is purely speculation at this point, the 49ers will continue to practice. And when they do, there will have to be someone lining up at tight end.
McDonald will be that player. Davis is entering his ninth-season and fourth with Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff. McDonald, on the other hand, can continue to improve with more attention from those coaches. The 6-foot-4, 267-pound tight end was used in a variety of roles as a rookie and could be in line for more blocking and receiving opportunities in 2014. McDonald caught eight passes for 119 yards as a rookie.
McDonald averaged 14.9 yards per catch as a rookie… He stepped up and played some fullback in the team’s NFC Divisional Playoff win over the Carolina Panthers… With Mangini as position coach, the 49ers utilized new gauntlet-style drills during offseason workouts… Former 49ers tight ends coach Reggie Davis is now the team’s assistant offensive line coach… Fullback