We’re going to search at departures from every place prior to Week 1 of the 2018 season and see how they fared soon after leaving the San Francisco 49ers. Some players went on to greater professions, although many others may be out of the league. We won’t be highlighting each and every transaction, just some noteworthy kinds. Currently, we search at the tight finishes.
How do we explore this one? There is not significantly from the tight close place for us to genuinely explore. There was only one tight close from the 2017 53-guy roster that spelled Garrett Celek and a rookie George Kittle, Logan Paulsen. Continue to keep in intellect, our checklist is in no way comprehensive with all the transactions, so there are other tight finishes, but the objective is to test and adhere with who was there at the commence of the season. That mentioned, there’s also one more tight close who departed late into 49ers’ 2017 instruction camp. Sure, he was a 2017 departure and not a 2018 one, but he experienced such a potent season we should really provide him up right now provided the timing.
Sure, we’re cheating. But initial…
Logan Paulsen was a decent tight close addition to the 49ers. He experienced knowledge in Kyle Shanahan’s process when the two ended up at Washington, so he was now useful. Paulsen also was depended on throughout his early many years at Washington, but his figures fell off a cliff in 2014.
His time with the 49ers couldn’t get significantly worse. Paulsen became victim of roster musical chairs, acquiring launched and signed by the season. He completed 2017 with a around-invisible stat sheet, acquiring began one sport, acquiring two targets, and absolutely nothing else..
Paulsen was signed to the Atlanta Falcons for 2018 and went on to commence 10 games, notch a touchdown, and have a greater season than the one in San Francisco. He still was a shadow of his former self in Washington and unsuccessful to fulfill the figures he experienced in his one season with the Chicago Bears (which ended up not quite good possibly).
Vance McDonald should really be excluded from our list—he was traded throughout the 2017 instruction camps and this sequence focuses on players who departed soon after that year’s season, but right before 2018 commenced. The point is, McDonald was traded so late that he was put on the bench for most of that 12 months although he uncovered the Steelers’ playbook. He confirmed up eventually with significantly opportunity to close 2017, but 2018 was where everything came alongside one another. Since of this, we’ll split the rules and speak about a 2017 departure.
So what was McDonald’s 2018 like? Oh, just this. McDonald’s figures in 2018 enhanced in each and every category. He caught 50 passes on 72 targets for 610 yards and 4 touchdowns. Now that is not George Kittle, but that was fairly darn good for a particular person nicknamed “Old Stonehands” all over these parts.
When Garrett Celek was going by his pains in 2018 and typically overlooked, it was a thought of perhaps the 49ers traded the incorrect person. Kittle on one side and McDonald blocking on the other? Alas, a transform of surroundings may have just been what he wanted. You still cannot search at that above video clip and say, “Dang it…”
Would you like to have any of these tight finishes again on the staff?