T.J. McDonald
T.J. McDonald
28-Year-Old SafetyS
Miami Dolphins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Entering season three of a four-year contract with the Dolphins, McDonald has established himself a regular member of the team's secondary alongside fellow safety Reshad Jones. A hard-hitting box safety who plays up to his 6-2, 223-pound size, McDonald should see the field on the majority of Miami's defensive snaps but could lose some work to the versatile Minkah Fitzpatrick. It's worth noting that McDonald missed the final two weeks of the 2018 season due to an ankle injury and has yet to be officially cleared, but it's reasonable to speculate that the 28-year-old will be ready to go Week 1. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $24.01 million contract with the Dolphins in September of 2017.
Activated from PUP list
SMiami Dolphins
July 26, 2019
McDonald passed his physical Thursday and was activated from the PUP list, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
McDonald's stint on the PUP list was short, and he'll now resume practicing with teammates. The 28-year-old could reportedly see time at linebacker in 2019 as a result of Miami's overcrowded safety room, which includes Bobby McCain, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Reshad Jones. McDonald's reps in training camp will be worth monitoring.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do T.J. McDonald's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 2"
215 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.59 sec
Shuttle Time
4.20 sec
Cone Drill
6.89 sec
Vertical Jump
40.0 in
Broad Jump
131 in
Bench Press
19 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
McDonald showed fairly well in his first season as a Dolphin, racking up 45 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception in eight games played. By the end of the season McDonald seemed to have established himself as the starter alongside fellow safety Reshad Jones, but the Dolphin's secondary position looks more precarious following the selection of Minkah Fitzpatrick at No. 10 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. The offseason figures to feature strong competition between Miami's secondary group, but McDonald should have no issue earning a role somewhere within the Dolphin's defense. With a 6-2, 223-pound frame, it wouldn't be surprising to see the 27-year-old take rotational snaps in a big-hitter role in 2018.
McDonald finished the 2015 campaign on IR, and subsequently got himself into legal trouble over the course of the offseason. Though healthy, he is likely facing suspension, but may still be eligible to play at some point in 2016. Through 11 games last year, McDonald finished as the 90th ranked defensive back in fantasy scoring.
Big and athletic at 6-2, 217, McDonald quietly enjoyed a breakout season last year with triple-digit tackles. With no noteworthy safety additions in St. Louis following a 980-snap season, McDonald is locked into a three-down role again this year. Although he's more of an in-the-box safety than a playmaking threat, McDonald could stumble into some interceptions this year (one last year) behind one of the league's best front sevens that should have quarterbacks throwing under duress all season.
McDonald missed six games with a fractured leg in 2013 but still tallied 53 tackles, a sack and an interception. He's slated as the starter to begin 2014, but there are a couple rookies coming in that could push him.
Rookie TJ McDonald is expected to slide into the starting free safety role for the Rams.
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Not ready for training camp
SMiami Dolphins
July 24, 2019
The Dolphins placed McDonald (undisclosed) on their Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
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Could see time at linebacker
SMiami Dolphins
June 19, 2019
McDonald could see time at linebacker in 2019, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.
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Ends solid season inactive
SMiami Dolphins
January 17, 2019
McDonald (ankle) recorded 86 tackles, five passes defended, three interceptions and one fumble recovery during the regular season.
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Unlikely to play Sunday
SMiami Dolphins
December 28, 2018
McDonald (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bills, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
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Misses Wednesday practice
SMiami Dolphins
December 26, 2018
McDonald (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
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