Nick Vannett could be the starting tight end for the Seahawks this season, or he could be No. 3 on the depth chart. It will likely depend on the health of Will Dissly (knee). If Dissly is ready for Week 1, then Vannett and Ed Dickson will share backup tight end duties. But if Dissly is out, then Vannett and Dickson will compete for the starting job. Keep an eye on what happens in training camp, but Vannett is not worth drafting in most formats. In 2018 with the Seahawks, Vannett had just one game with double digits in PPR points.
Vannett may face competition for a roster spot, Nishant Kondepudi of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. 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.
Vannett hauled in one of two targets for five yards in Saturday's wild-card loss to the Cowboys. Vannett has served as a check-down asset for quarterback Russell Wilson for much of this season, and his lone catch was in similar fashion. This season's output for Vannett surpasses that of the tight end's first two campaigns, as he compiled 29 catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns. He'll turn 26 years old in March and enter the final year of his contract in 2019, when he'll compete with both Ed Dickson and Will Dissly -- the latter had a promising start to his rookie year before injuring his kneecap -- for a No. 1 tight end role.
Vannett snagged two of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. Vannett didn't catch more than two passes in a game over the second half of the season, although he hauled in two scores in that span. The Seahawks pass less than any team in the league, so a tight end like Vannett struggles to get looks with wideouts Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett in the fold. He'll work as the Seahawks' top tight end for Saturday's playoff game versus the Cowboys
Vannett caught both of his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Chiefs. Vannett gave the Seahawks the lead shortly before halftime, taking a Russell Wilson dump-off pass for the one-yard touchdown. It snapped a five-game scoreless streak for Vannett, who has been slightly less productive than veteran Ed Dickson over the past six weeks. During that span, Vannett has accounted for 74 yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions, while Dickson has logged 10 catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
Vannett was unable to bring in his only target during Sunday's 26-23 loss to San Francisco. The Seahawks, Sunday's penalty-filled outing aside, have been hot, but that hasn't translated into success for Vannett. He hasn't topped 25 yards receiving since Week 9 and has scored just once during that span. Sunday could offer the cure to what ails him as Seattle -- hunting for a playoff spot -- takes on a Chiefs team that often forces opposing offenses to play catchup and has surrendered a league-high 305 receiving yards per game in the process.
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|3||09/22||New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
|5||10/04||Los Angeles Rams||23||7.89|
|9||11/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|10||11/12||@San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
|14||12/09||@Los Angeles Rams||23||7.89|
|17||12/29||San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
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