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NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
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2021 Receiving

Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Longest Reception
Regular Season 9 133 14.8 1 30

Top Nick Vannett News

  • Saints' Nick Vannett: Logs nine games in 2021

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

    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.

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  • Saints' Nick Vannett: Activated off reserve/COVID-19 list

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

    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.

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  • Saints' Nick Vannett: Lands on COVID list

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

    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 tight end from the practice squad.

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  • Saints' Nick Vannett: No injury designation

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

    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.

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  • Saints' Nick Vannett: Limited Thursday

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

    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 rendered 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.

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  • Saints' Nick Vannett: 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.

    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.

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  • Saints' Nick Vannett: Leading receiver in run-heavy win

    Vannett caught three of six targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 30-9 win over the Jets.

    Vannett led the Saints in targets and receiving yards, but New Orleans did the vast majority of its damage on the ground, totaling over 200 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. A more pass-heavy game plan will likely be required in Week 15 against the Buccaneers, and Vannett should continue to see plenty of looks from quarterback Taysom Hill given the Saints' dearth of enticing alternatives in the passing game.

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  • Saints' Nick Vannett: Finds end zone

    Vannett caught his only target for 11 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 31-6 loss to Buffalo.

    Vannett, who made his season debut last week against the Eagles, split time with Garrett Griffin and Juwan Johnson but again was minimally involved in the passing game. While he at least found the end zone, you probably can' t count on many scores from someone who's topped one touchdown once in five previous seasons. Next up for Vannett and the Saints is a Week 13 home matchup against the Cowboys.

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  • Saints' Nick Vannett: Healthy scratch Sunday

    Vannett is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

    Vannett picked up a knee injury in preseason, and while he's healthy, he will have to wait at least one more week to make his season debut. He appeared in 15 games for the Broncos last season.

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  • Saints' Nick Vannett: Activated from IR

    Vannett (knee) was activated off of injured reserve Thursday.

    The tight end injured his knee in the preseason finale and is yet to make his 2021 debut. Vannett's first opportunity will come Sunday against the Titans, though he will likely operate as a depth option behind Adam Trautman and Garrett Griffin.

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  • Saints' Nick Vannett: Designated to return

    Vannett (knee) was designated to return from injured reserve Thursday, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

    Vannett has been on injured reserve since Sept. 7, but he'll be able to rejoin the Saints for practice this week. The tight end will have to be activated within the next 21 days if he hopes to return this year.

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  • Saints' Nick Vannett: Shifts to injured reserve

    The Saints placed Vannett (knee) on injured reserve Monday, Amie Just of reports.

    Vannett injured his knee during the Saints' preseason finale against the Jaguars. He will be forced to miss at least the first three weeks of the regular season after being placed on IR. His absence could mean more playing time for Adam Trautman and Juwan Johnson.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-6, 261 lbs
Birthplace: Westerville, OH
Age: 29
School: Ohio St.
Experience: 7