The young talent played in about 50 percent of the 49ers snaps during his rookie season and the belief is that he’ll play as much, possibly even more during the 2014 campaign. But CSN Bay Area doesn’t see the tight end ever putting up big numbers in San Francisco.
With his size and willingness to block, McDonald figures to continue to see a lot of action as part of the 49ers’ base offense. And just as the 49ers used Walker in the past, he figures to see occasional opportunities in the passing game. Walker was never a huge part of the 49ers’ passing game, and it figures that McDonald will never put up big numbers, either.
It’s an understandable stance considering McDonald is a near last resort on passing plays and given the likelihood of another additional weapon added in the draft, McDonald will continue to slide down the chart.
That said, he should still see significant time giving his blocking ability.