Vannett caught three passes on five targets for 23 yards during Monday's 24-17 loss to the Bears. Vannett matched the target count of rookie Will Dissly, who has scored in each of the first two games. The 25-year-old was still one of Russell Wilson's favorite targets Week 2, and his 6-foot-6 frame should grab his attention near the end zone soon. The Seahawks host the Cowboys in Week 3.
Vannett is listed as the Seahawks' second-team tight end on the team's unofficial depth chart for Week 2, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports. Though Vannett received the start at tight end in Seattle's Week 1 loss to Denver, he essentially split duties with Will Dissly, logging 35 snaps to the rookie's 33. The greater disparity came in their receiving lines, however, as Vannett drew only two targets -- catching one pass for 11 yards -- while Dissly went wild with three receptions for 105 yards and a score on five targets. That was apparently enough for Vannett to plummet behind Dissly on the depth chart, with a lighter snap count likely headed his way Monday in Chicago as a result of the demotion.
Vannett played 35 of 57 snaps (61.4 percent) on offense in Sunday's 27-24 loss to Denver, catching one of two targets for 11 yards. Rookie tight end Will Dissly stole the show with a 3-105-1 receiving line on five targets, making the most of his 33 snaps. Of course, it'll be tough for either tight end to maintain fantasy utility if the timeshare continues, and the Seahawks may eventually add Ed Dickson (quad, groin) into the mix after Week 6. Vannett draws a Week 2 matchup with the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Vannett's teammate Ed Dickson isn't making much progress in his recovery from a quad injury, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. With Dickson still on the non-football injury list and apparently not all that close to returning, Vannett seems to be on track for the No. 1 tight end job to open the regular season. The third-year pro was impressive in last week's preseason loss to the Colts, catching two of three targets for 20 yards and a touchdown while playing with Russell Wilson on the opening drive. Vannett is known for his blocking more so than his pass-catching ability, but he may show improved mobility after offseason physical therapy helped eliminate the back pain that plagued him throughout his first two NFL seasons.
Vannett brought in two of three targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 19-17 preseason loss to the Colts. Vannett lined up as the Seahawks' top tight end with Ed Dickson (groin) sitting out. Jimmy Graham is in Green Bay now, so the Seahawks will need another pass-catching tight end to fill the void of his 27 red-zone targets, and Vannett will battle Dickson for some of those chances.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/07||Los Angeles Rams||28||10.00|
|9||11/04||Los Angeles Chargers||3||2.00|
|10||11/11||@Los Angeles Rams||28||10.00|
|11||11/16||Green Bay Packers||11||5.00|
|13||12/03||San Francisco 49ers||22||8.00|
|15||12/16||@San Francisco 49ers||22||8.00|
|16||12/24||Kansas City Chiefs||31||14.00|
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|3 Year Avg||10||8||78||0||4||9.75||7|