Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald is yet to make a catch since being acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in an August trade and he’s got an interesting way of coping with drop issues that have plagued him throughout his career.
McDonald admits that when he was younger, a drop or two would throw him into a funk when he was younger. However, since his 15-month-old son Coman was born, he’s used fatherhood as the necessary coping mechanism when he’s struggling.
“Whatever you can do to get out of that as quickly as you can do that, you’re going to get yourself out of the gutter,” McDonald said according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “If you focus on the play before, you’re going to miss the opportunity to pull yourself out of it. If the next play they come to you, and you’re still thinking about it and, boom, another one happens, it can spiral out of control.”
Of course, that’s an incredibly well-adjusted way of handling the stress of work. However, it doesn’t change the fact that drops have continued to be a problem for McDonald throughout his career.
In the four years that he’d been in the league prior to being traded to the Steelers, he had the highest drop rate of any qualifying tight end in the NFL. He’s been credited with a drop on 4 targets this season, so that drop rate has risen in 2017.
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