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Rookie Vance McDonald continues to make strides

3:30 PM, Aug 12, 2013   |    comments
Denver Broncos linebacker Steven Johnson (53) prevents the pass intended for San Francisco 49ers tight end Vance McDonald (89) during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The Denver Broncos defeated the San Francisco 49ers 10-6. (PHOTO: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
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SANTA CLARA, CA - Vance McDonald has been fortunate to spend his rookie summer as the understudy to San Francisco veteran tight end Vernon Davis, who has been eager to take McDonald on as a little brother and teammate, to guide him through the rigors of training camp and the regular season.

McDonald is doing plenty of prep on his own, too. He regularly falls asleep with the 49ers' offensive playbook right within reach - a book he knew would be thick yet has surprised him with just how expansive it is.

The 49ers traded up with Green Bay to draft McDonald with the 55th overall selection in the second round of April's draft, and he showed promise in his preseason debut with four catches.

Yet McDonald will sit out Friday's game at Kansas City nursing an undisclosed injury.

The Associated Press

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