There weren’t many highlights for the Steelers during a 26-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night at Heinz Field, but the emergence of tight end Vance McDonald just might be one of the few. After missing a large chunk of training camp and then the preseason because of a foot injury, he has been healthy for most of the regular season and is emerging as a weapon in the passing game as well as being a physical presence on the field.
In the last two games, McDonald has nine catches for 174 yards (19.3 average), with five of those catches for 62 of those yards coming Sunday night against the Ravens. McDonald is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.
Also considered were Antonio Brown, who caught five passes for 62 yards and a 26-yard touchdown that was the Steelers’ only one of the game; Joe Haden, who had seven tackles and broke up a pass in the end zone; Sean Davis, who had six tackles and forced a fumble at the Steelers 1-yard line that Terrell Edmunds recovered to prevent a Ravens touchdown that would’ve given Baltimore a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter; and Chris Boswell, who was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts.