Nick Vannett

Nick Vannett

Tight End #81
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:6'6" / 257 lb.
College:Ohio State
Born:March 6, 1993
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 3 (94)
Draft Team:SEA

Nick Vannett: Lands in new spot

Vannett signed a two-year contract with the Broncos on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It's an odd decision by the Broncos considering they've invested a first-round (Noah Fant), third-round (Jeff Heuerman) and two fifth-round picks (Jake Butt and Troy Fumagalli) in the tight end position over the last five years, but Vannett profiles as a more reliable blocking option behind obvious starter, Fant. Vannett caught just 17 passes combined last season between stints with the Seahawks and Steelers, but the fourth-year player has missed just two games over the past three years despite playing at least 500 combined offensive and special teams snaps each season.

March 21, 2020 12:26 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Comes up empty in finale

Vannett was not targeted in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: A microcosm of the 2019 season Vannett played just 15 offensive snaps against Baltimore compared to 44 snaps for fellow tight end Vance McDonald. Including three games with Seattle before joining Pittsburgh Vannett finishes the season with 17 receptions (on 22 targets) for 166 yards in 13 games played. His future with the Steelers is uncertain as he is an unrestricted free agent.

January 1, 2020 11:48 AM EST

Nick Vannett: Same old same old in loss

Vannett caught his lone target for 18 yards in Pittsburgh's 16-10 loss Sunday.

Analysis: The return of Vance McDonald resulted in Vannett regressing to his typical one target game -- he has one target in seven of 10 games played with the Steelers. Pittsburgh finishes the regular season with a Week 17 games against Baltimore but fantasy owners still playing should look elsewhere for a tight end.

December 22, 2019 3:10 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Good to go Week 16

Vannett (illness) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: Vannett was unable to practice Thursday due to the illness, but it won't impact his status for this weekend. The 26-year-old is coming off his best game of the season after catching five of six targets for 40 yards during last week's loss to the Bills.

December 20, 2019 12:07 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Misses practice with illness

Vannett (illness) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: The severity of Vannett's ailment isn't known, but if he's able to return to practice Friday, there won't be much concern about his status for Sunday's game against the Jets. After playing 92 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps and catching five of six targets for 40 yards in last week's loss to the Bills, Vannett will likely see his role get downsized Sunday with top tight end Vance McDonald (concussion) tracking toward a return. McDonald remains in the NFL's concussion protocol as of Thursday, but he practiced fully for a second straight day to begin Week 16 prep.

December 19, 2019 12:38 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Best game as a Steeler

Vannett caught five of six targets for 40 yards in Pittsburgh's 17-10 loss to Buffalo on Sunday night.

Analysis: Coming into the night Vannett had caught no more than two passes is a game all season with a high of just 28 yards. The loss of Vance McDonald (concussion) provided an opportunity and Vannett made the most of it by matching James Washington and Dionate Johnson with a team-high five catches. Even if McDonald is unavailable in Week 16 Vannett is a dicey option against a Jets defense that allows the third and fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends in standard and PPR formats respectively.

December 16, 2019 7:45 AM EST

Nick Vannett: Likely to start in Week 15

Vannett is expected to start at tight end in Sunday's game against the Bills with Vance McDonald (concussion) ruled out for the contest, Kevin Gorman of reports. "It's a great opportunity for me," Vannett said Friday. "I'm looking forward to it, to prove to my teammates that they can trust me and prove to everybody in this organization that they can rely on me to get the job done."

Analysis: Picked up via trade from Seattle in September, Vannett has mostly worked as a blocker in his 10 games with Pittsburgh, garnering only 10 targets and hauling in seven of them for 70 yards and no touchdowns. He'll likely continue to offer most of his impact as a blocker in Week 15, though McDonald's absence will free Vannett up to run more routes than usual, putting the 26-year-old on the radar in weekly leagues that start two tight ends. Rookie fifth-round pick Zach Gentry should dress as Vannett's backup after he was previously inactive for 10 of the Steelers' first 13 games.

December 13, 2019 2:06 PM EST

Nick Vannett: May see more playing time

Vannett was not targeted in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: Coming into this game Vannett had just seven receptions for 70 yards and no touchdowns in eight games for the Steelers. If Vance McDonald (concussion) is unable to play in Week 15 Vannett would likely draw the start against a Buffalo defense that has allowed the third and fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends in standard and PPR formats respectively.

December 8, 2019 6:31 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Rare catch Sunday

Vannett caught his only target for seven yards in Pittsburgh's 20-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

Analysis: In seven games with Pittsburgh Vannett has been targeted just nine times with six catches for 35 yards to show for it. As attractive as the Week 14 matchup against a non-existent Arizona pass defense is there simply is no reason to even have Vannett on fantasy rosters.

December 1, 2019 6:48 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Puts in full practice Thursday

Vannett (illness) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Vannett missed just one practice with the ailment and should be good to go Sunday. He played a season-low 16 snaps in Week 11 but still managed to catch his only target for seven yards.

November 21, 2019 1:18 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Hampered by sickness

Vannett (illness) didn't practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: It's still early in the week, so Vannett has two more practices to get onto the field and extinguish any worries about his status for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Over six games since being traded to the Steelers, the 2016 third-round pick has caught six passes for 63 scoreless yards. If he can't shake the sickness in time, Zach Gentry will serve as the No. 2 tight end behind Vance McDonald.

November 20, 2019 2:48 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Brings in seven-yard pass

Vannett caught his only target for a seven-yard gain during Thursday's 21-7 loss to Cleveland.

Analysis: Vannett ended Thursday's mess with just 16 offensive snaps, by far a season low. The Ohio State product has recorded a reception in four of his last five games, but has not caught multiple passes in a game since Week 4 and has just one red-zone target this season. The fact that the good news is that Sunday brings a trip to Cincinnati to play a Bengals team that surrendered a season-high 28 yards to Vannett in Week 4 probably tells you where he should be on your priority list.

November 19, 2019 4:12 PM EST

Nick Vannett: One catch in win

Vannett caught his only target for five yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Vannett has yet to see more than two targets in a game this season but he was on the field for 36 snaps compared to 39 for Vance McDonald. Neither appears to be a factor on offense and are not even worthy of bye week replacement consideration.

October 13, 2019 10:36 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Two catches in debut

Nick Vannett caught both his targets for 28 yards in Monday night's 27-3 win over Cincinnati.

Analysis: The newly acquired tight end came into the game with four catches for 38 yards and was used sparingly despite Vance McDonald (shoulder) inactive and Xavier Grimble (calf) on IR. It won't be any easier in Week 5 against the Ravens who have allowed opposing tight ends to score just one touchdown in the last eight games dating back to last season.

September 30, 2019 10:08 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Available in first game with team

Vannett and Zach Gentry will serve as the Steelers' available tight ends Monday against the Bengals with Vance McDonald (shoulder) inactive, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The Seahawks traded Vannett last Tuesday due to the withered state of the TE room in Pittsburgh. Aside from Vannett, who was donning a sling and didn't practice before this game, Xavier Grimble (calf) is on injured reserve. Vannett will step into a prime opportunity to produce with Mason Rudolph under center. That said, Vannett didn't do much during his Seahawks tenure, averaging 6.9 yards per target and scoring four touchdowns in 42 appearances.

September 30, 2019 3:59 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Headed to Steel City

Vannett was traded to the Steelers via the Seahawks in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: With starting tight end Vance McDonald seen in a sling Tuesday due to a sprained shoulder, the Steelers chose to bolster their depth. This could be a great opportunity for Vannett, especially if McDonald is forced to miss game time, as he was firmly behind Will Dissly on the depth chart in Seattle. Through the first three games of the season, Vannett has caught just four of five targets for 38 yards, hardly proving fantasy relevance. The fact that Pittsburgh was aggressive and traded a draft asset for Vannett shows they're concerned with McDonald's injury at the very least, and could lead to Vannett having a role in the offense for Monday's game against Cincinnati.

September 24, 2019 6:19 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Stuck behind Dissly

Vannett caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Vannett's firmly behind Dissly on the depth chart, as the latter registered six receptions for 62 yards and a score in this contest. Considering Vannett didn't have consistent fantasy value last year when Dissly was injured, Dissly's success is more due to his skill than Russell Wilson's willingness to throw to tight ends.

September 22, 2019 8:35 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Makes just one catch

Vannett caught his only target for 13 yards in Sunday's 28-26 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Vannett is clearly the team's No. 2 tight end behind Will Dissly, who hauled in five passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns in this contest. His upside is limited -- he caught 29 passes for 269 yards and three scores in 2018 -- and Dissly has established himself in the eyes of Russell Wilson, so Vannett's a safe drop in fantasy leagues.

September 15, 2019 4:43 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Fills in for injured Dissly

Vannett caught both of his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 21-10 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Vannett was the only tight end remaining for Seattle after Will Dissly injured his surgically repaired right knee. There won't be much competition for snaps if Dissly misses time beyond the opener, but Vannett has never shown much potential as a pass catcher, hauling in 44 of 62 targets for 425 yards and four touchdowns across 39 games and 890 offensive snaps the past three seasons.

September 8, 2019 7:55 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Falls on roster bubble

Vannett may face competition for a roster spot, Nishant Kondepudi of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Analysis: Will Dissly (knee) seems like Seattle's only lock at tight end, with Vannett, Ed Dickson and Jacob Hollister competing for what may only be two spots. The team has been using offensive tackle George Fant as a blocking tight end, potentially reducing the need for Vannett or Dickson. In any case, the 2016 third-round pick failed to capitalize on a prime opportunity last season when injuries limited Dissly and Dickson to 14 combined appearances. Vannett posted a 29-269-3 receiving line on 43 targets while averaging 35.2 snaps in 15 games.

June 25, 2019 2:00 PM EST

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