Steelers’ McDonald gives stiff greeting to Bucs’ Conte


Steelers’ McDonald gives stiff greeting to Bucs’ Conte Steelers McDonald gives stiff greeting to Bucs Conte

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald sent social media into a frenzy after administering a vicious stiff-arm of Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Chris Conte before scoring a 75-yard touchdown in the first quarter of Monday’s game.

McDonald, who weighs 267 pounds, lowered the boom on the 203-pound Conte to turn a 20-yard completion into Pittsburgh’s first score in a 30-27 victory.

“Punish him. Inflict as much force on him as possible. That’s the first thing I think of,” the 28-year-old McDonald said, via ESPN.

“I love contact. If a DB or a safety wants to take me up high, God bless him. Because I’m going to hit him hard. That’s my goal. A lot of times I don’t think about using the stiff arm, but he was slow-playing it so much. He gave me a big target.”

Conte’s night ended with that hit, as he was ruled out for the rest of the contest with a knee injury.

McDonald finished with four receptions for a career-best 112 yards for the Steelers (1-1-1), who received a mammoth performance from fellow tight end Jesse James in last week’s 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 6-foot-7, 261-pound James hauled in five catches for 138 yards and a touchdown. Not only was it a career high in yardage, but it marked James’ first 100-yard game.

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