Nick Vannett

New York Giants
Tight End #81
New York Giants
Tight End #81

Nick Vannett News

Catches two passes Week 18

Vannett made two catches on four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Vannett came into the contest with only two catches over his past five games, and he equaled that total with a pair of receptions in a meaningless contest for the Giants. Usual starting tight end Daniel Bellinger was held out in anticipation of the postseason while Lawrence Cager, who hadn't played since Week 15, was the team's leading receiver with eight catches for 69 yards. Bellinger has been playing almost every offensive snap when healthy, so both Vannett will likely return to a minor role against the Vikings in next weekend's wild-card contest.

Jan 8, 2023 8:37 PM EST

No injury designation Thursday

Vannett (shoulder) was not listed with a game status ahead of Saturday's tilt against the Vikings.

Analysis: Vannett popped up with a shoulder injury on Tuesday's injury report, though it's unclear when or how this issue first arose. However, the 29-year-old should be ready to suit up again despite remaining limited in each practice ahead of Saturday's game versus Minnesota. Vannett has caught two of his three targets for 24 yards over the past two games, and he should continue to serve as the Giants' No. 2 tight end behind Daniel Bellinger.

Dec 22, 2022 12:36 PM EST

Limited at practice Tuesday

Vannett (shoulder) was a limited participant at practice Tuesday ahead of Saturday's game at Minnesota, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Vannett made his second grab of the season at Washington on Sunday night, but he played a much smaller share of snaps than in Weeks 13 or 14, which suggests he may have sustained his shoulder injury during that game. If Vannett can't go Saturday, Lawrence Cager would probably operate as the Giants' second tight end.

Dec 20, 2022 2:18 PM EST

Nets 15 receiving yards Sunday

Vannett brought in his only target for 15 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win against Washington.

Analysis: Daniel Bellinger (62 offensive snaps) remained New York's clear top tight end and received four targets, but he managed only one catch for four yards in the big victory. Vannett saw a much smaller role with just 10 snaps and one target, but he outgained Bellinger thanks to a second-quarter 15-yard reception. Vannett has two catches for 24 yards in his three games as a Giant, and his fantasy value is non-existent given his minimal opportunities behind Bellinger.

Dec 19, 2022 12:15 AM EST

Makes first catch as Giant

Vannett caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Vannett's first catch since joining New York came late in the fourth quarter on a nine-yard toss from Tyrod Taylor. At that point, the game was already out of reach for the Giants, and starting tight end Daniel Bellinger had been pulled with a rib injury. Bellinger's status for Week 15 is uncertain due to the issue, and Vannett would likely step into the starting role if the rookie is unable to play against Washington on Sunday.

Dec 12, 2022 3:29 PM EST

No targets in Giants debut

Vannett did not get any targets against Washington in Sunday's 20-20 tie despite taking the field for 45 percent of the Giants' offensive snaps.

Analysis: Vannett made his debut with New York after coming over from New Orleans in late November. He was on the gridiron often Sunday but worked primarily as a blocker. Vannett did haul in a four-yard pass in the fourth quarter, but the play was called back due to a holding penalty. Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger played all but two of the Giants' offensive snaps in the tie and caught five passes for 24 yards, emphasizing his role as the team's primary option at the position.

Dec 5, 2022 10:59 PM EST

Joining active roster

The Giants signed Vannett to their active roster Saturday ahead of Sunday's game versus Washington, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: With starting tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye) listed as questionable for Week 13, the Giants saw fit to add Vannett to the 53-man roster to provide some depth at the position. He has two catches for 13 yards on two targets through three games in 2022.

Dec 3, 2022 6:04 PM EST

Finds new home

Vannett signed with the Giants' practice squad Tuesday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Vannett was waived by the Saints on Saturday and will now get a chance to make an impact in New York. The veteran tight end spent most the season as a healthy scratch and failed to carve out a consistent role in New Orleans. He did however find his way onto the active roster for four games, making two catches for 13 yards on two targets.

Nov 22, 2022 11:33 AM EST

Released by New Orleans

The Saints released Vannett on Saturday, John Hendrix of reports.

Analysis: Vannett made three appearances for the Saints this season, catching both of his targets for 13 yards across 63 offensive snaps. New Orleans also released tight end J.P. Holtz and signed Yasir Durant and Bryce Thompson to fill the empty roster spots.

Nov 19, 2022 3:44 PM EST

Inactive Sunday

Vannett (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Buccaneers, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Vannett was also inactive in Week 1, as the team still has Adam Trautman, Taysom Hill and Juwan Johnson ahead of him.

Sep 18, 2022 9:12 AM EST

Out for Sunday

Vannett (coach's decision) will not play Sunday against the Falcons, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Vannett was able to crack the 53-man roster, but he's still listed behind Adam Trautman, Taysom Hill and Juwan Johnson on the team's tight end positional depth chart. He'll have to wait to make his season debut.

Sep 11, 2022 8:51 AM EST

Restructures contract

Vannett restructured his contract with the Saints on Wednesday, dropping his base salary from $2.6 million to $1.035 million, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The move free's up $1.55 million in cap space for New Orleans, while Vannett sticks around as a third tight end option in 2022. The 29-year-old has proven himself to be an effective run blocker while he also caught nine passes for 133 yards and a touchdown over seven games with the Saints last season.

Aug 31, 2022 7:11 AM EST

Clears medical examination

Vannett (illness) passed a physical examination Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Vannett's medical clearance is an encouraging sign after he started Saints' training camp on the active/non-football illness list. The 29-year-old tight end is still eligible to practice and play at any point during this preseason.

Jul 27, 2022 4:38 PM EST

Lands on illness list

Vannett (illness) was placed on the active/non-football illness list Tuesday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Vannett will have to wait to hit the field for training camp. The veteran tight end is expected to file in behind Adam Trautman and Taysom Hill on the Saints' positional depth chart.

Jul 26, 2022 5:48 PM EST

Logs nine games in 2021

Vannett caught nine of 15 targets for 133 yards and one touchdown over seven games in 2021.

Analysis: Vannett's preseason knee injury wound up costing him over half of the season. While he caught a few passes in two of the four games Adam Trautman missed down the stretch, the veteran otherwise didn't do much from a receiving standpoint while rotating in behind Trautman. Both players will be back to head the Saints depth chart at tight end in 2022 and Juwan Johnson, who is an exclusive-rights free agent, should be there to join them.

Jan 17, 2022 3:09 PM EST

Activated off reserve/COVID-19 list

Vannett was activated off of the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: The tight end was placed on the COVID list Jan. 1, forcing him to miss the Saints' Week 17 win over the Panthers. Vannett will now return ahead of a must-win Week 18 matchup with the Falcons, though his role will likely be limited as a result of him playing a secondary role behind Adam Trautman.

Jan 6, 2022 3:08 PM EST

Lands on COVID list

Vannett was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: The return of Juwan Johnson (COVID-19) and Adam Trautman (COVID-19) has relegated Vannett to essentially a bit piece in the Saints offense, but Saturday's designation will test the depth of the team's tight end corps once more. Expect the aforementioned duo to shoulder the majority of the offensive snaps as the Saints did not elevate another one from the practice squad.

Jan 1, 2022 3:02 PM EST

No injury designation

Vannett (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Vannett was limited in practice all week due to an ankle injury, but he'll be able to suit up in Week 17. Since Adam Trautman (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Vannett should revert to a backup role against Carolina.

Dec 31, 2021 1:39 PM EST

Limited Thursday

Vannett (ankle) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice session.

Analysis: Vannett served as the Saints' top tight end in Monday's loss to the Dolphins but was targeted just once. He apparently sustained an ankle injury that has made him a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday. If he hopes to avoid the Week 17 injury report, he'll likely need to practice fully Friday.

Dec 30, 2021 2:47 PM EST

Likely starter at tight end

Vannett is expected to serve as the Saints' top option at tight end Monday against the Dolphins, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: New Orleans didn't activate fellow tight ends Adam Trautman (illness) and Juwan Johnson (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the deadline for Week 16 roster moves, leaving Vannett and practice-squad call-up Ethan Wolf as the Saints' lone options at tight end. Considering Wolf has just one NFL appearance to his name since turning pro in 2018, Vannett will likely dominate the snaps at the position. He had already been on the field for at least half of the Saints' offensive plays in each of the last three weeks, operating primarily as a blocker. Over that stretch, Vannett hauled in six of 11 targets for 92 yards and no touchdowns.

Dec 27, 2021 2:48 PM EST

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