Nick Vannett

Nick Vannett

Tight End #81
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:6'6" / 257 lb.
College:Ohio State
Age:27
Born:March 6, 1993
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 3 (94)
Draft Team:SEA

Nick Vannett: Faces uncertainty heading into 2021

Vannett brought in 14 passes off of 21 targets for 95 yards and a score during the 2020 campaign.

Analysis: Vannett stepped up a bit following the season-ending knee injury to Albert Okwuegbunam. The veteran Buckeye had three of his four multi-catch games during the final six contets of the season, including a four-reception outing in Week 13 against Carolina. He did well in providing Drew Lock with a safety blanket underneath. The question heading into 2021 is whether that's worth $3.6 million against the cap when cutting him will cost just $875,000. Vannett is a strong blocker and a solid veteran presence, but he might be squeezed out with returning youngsters Noah Fant, Andrew Beck, and Okwuegbunam.

January 14, 2021 7:23 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Falls in pecking order

Vannett didn't catch his lone target in Sunday's 48-19 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Vannett logged 16 snaps on offense, finishing behind Noah Fant (44) and Troy Fumagalli (19). Fant was the only position mate to catch a pass, however, as he finished with an 8-68-1 line on 11 targets. Vannett and Fumagalli will continue to compete for the No. 2 role in Denver's offense, and it could simply shape up as a timeshare moving forward.

December 22, 2020 1:12 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Steps in following Fant exit

Vannett reeled in all four of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 32-27 win against Carolina.

Analysis: Vannett and Troy Fumagalli saw increased passing-game opportunities during Week 14, with starting tight end Noah Fant being forced to an early exit after falling ill. Vannett's two-yard receiving TD in the second quarter marked the 27-year-old's first since he scored three times for Seattle in 2018. With Albert Okwuegbunam (knee-ACL) remaining on injured reserve, Vannett could maintain a minor role as a pass catcher Week 15 against the Bills. Absences from Fant and Jake Butt (hamstring) -- who was designated to return from IR on Dec. 10 -- would clear Vannett's path towards a more integral role, however.

December 13, 2020 4:37 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Two receptions in loss

Vannett caught both targets for seven yards during Sunday's 22-16 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: The 27-year-old has played about 50 percent of the offensive snaps over the past three games and has four catches for 31 yards during that stretch. Vannett should continue to operate as Denver's secondary tight end while starter Noah Fant remains healthy.

December 8, 2020 6:14 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Handles highest snap count of 2020

Vannett caught both targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: With Drew Lock playing through a rib injury, coach Vic Fangio opted to utilize Vannett and Troy Fumagalli more in the offensive game plan to help protect the second-year quarterback. As a result, Vannett logged a season-high 41 snaps on offense. He's still not much of a pass-catching threat, but this trend could continue in Week 12 against the Saints.

November 24, 2020 1:53 PM EST

Nick Vannett: No targets in Week 10

Vannett wasn't targeted in Sunday's 37-12 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Vannett moved up to second on Denver's tight end depth chart due to a rash of injuries at the position, but he didn't take advantage of the expanded role. He has caught just six passes all season and has never broken 30 catches or 300 yards in a campaign.

November 18, 2020 12:04 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Among last tight ends standing

Vannett is one of the few healthy bodies in Denver's tight-end room with Albert Okwuegbunam (ACL), Andrew Beck (hamstring), and Jake Butt (hamstring) all heading to injured reserve during the past week, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: That rash of injuries doesn't even include Noah Fant's continued ankle troubles. The Broncos were doing well by mixing in Okwuegbunam in recent weeks, but don't expect Vannett to fill that role. He and Okwuegbunam are of very different skill sets and Vannett has never been much of a consistent threat in the passing game. Vannett heads into Sunday's game against Las Vegas with just six catches on the season and just one outing with multiple catches this year. The Broncos figure to run even more three-receiver sets -- their most common personnel grouping -- than they already have.

November 11, 2020 8:01 AM EST

Nick Vannett: Ready for Week 9

Vannett (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Vannett carried a questionable designation into the weekend, but he never seemed at much risk of missing the contest after he was able to put in a full practice Friday. Expect Vannett to fill a minor role behind starter Noah Fant as the Broncos' top blocking tight end.

November 8, 2020 8:40 AM EST

Nick Vannett: Questionable, expected to play

Vic Fangio said Friday that Vannett (foot) will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons but is expected to be available, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Vannett suffered a foot bruise against the Chargers in Week 8, but it looks like he should be able to avoid missing any time. As long as he's able to suit up, Vannett will handle his usual depth role at tight end.

November 6, 2020 11:28 AM EST

Nick Vannett: Managing bruised foot

Vannett was diagnosed with a foot bruise after an MRI on Monday and should be able to play Week 9, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old received the start Sunday with the Broncos starting out in a two-tight end set, but he ended up playing only 11 offensive snaps. Vannett has only five catches for 33 yards in six games this season, so even if available this weekend he's unlikely to be a significant factor in the passing game.

November 2, 2020 11:01 AM EST

Nick Vannett: Injures foot in comeback win

Vannett sustained a foot injury during Sunday's 31-30 win over the Chargers, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Vannett didn't record a catch during Sunday's contest. The severity of the depth tight end's injury remains undisclosed, but if he were to miss any time it could mean more opportunities for impressive rookie Albert Okwuegbunam.

November 1, 2020 5:16 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Clears concussion protocol

Vannett cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and returned to practice Sunday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Vannett suffered this concussion Wednesday but made a quick recovery. Heading into his fifth NFL season, Vannett is learning a new system but could secure the No. 2 role behind Noah Fant with a strong training camp.

August 23, 2020 11:50 AM EST

Nick Vannett: Enters concussion protocol

Vannett is in the concussion protocol Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Vannett will need to fully clear the league's concussion protocol before retaking the practice field. The Broncos are relying on him to provide a veteran presence in an otherwise extremely youthful tight end room.

August 19, 2020 4:12 PM EST

Nick Vannett: Now lone veteran TE

The Broncos have parted ways Jeff Heuerman, Brandon Krisztal of KOA News Radio reports. The move leaves Vannett as the veteran in the Broncos' tight-end room.

Analysis: Heuerman's exit seemed inevitable back in March as Vannett's signing tied up a fair amount of money in two reserve tight ends. Cutting Heuerman had less cap repercussions. Vannett is a good bet to make the roster as a TE2 or TE3, but he is unlikely to be a big factor fantasy-wise. Both 2019 first-round pick Noah Fant and 2020 fourth-rounder Albert Okwuegbunam figure to be more involved in the passing game than the veteran, who is the superior blocker.

July 31, 2020 1:50 PM EST

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

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