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Steelers OTA Recap, Day 5: Vance McDonald sheds light on the progress of rookie Zach Gentry

Time to check in on what went down at the UPMC Practice Facility for Organized Team Activities.

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The transition from college football to the National Football league can be difficult. Sure, there are players who make the transition look easy, but most players would likely say even those who come into the league and play right away, there is still learning to be done.

Getting to the point where you aren’t thinking, but just reacting and playing, is something which takes time, and Vance McDonald knows all about that. Drafted in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers, McDonald remembers what it is like to be the new guy, learning a new playbook and going from being a student to a professional athlete.

Before Wednesday’s Organized Team Activities (OTAs) practice, McDonald spoke about rookie tight end Zach Gentry, and his overall progress.

See what McDonald had to say, via Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

This is the perfect description of what it must feel like for a new player entering the league, and McDonald paints a very clear picture of where Gentry is in his progress. It is encouraging hearing Gentry is adapting well, but at the same time expectations should be tempered not just for Gentry, but all rookies as they all handle the switch from NCAA to the NFL.

McDonald wasn’t done talking, and he talked about Donte Moncrief and Diontae Johnson:

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