Vannett signed a two-year contract, $5.7 million contract with the Broncos on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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 the 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.
Vannett wasn't targeted on any of his 15 offensive snaps in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.
With starting tight end Vance McDonald playing 44 of the Steelers' 50 offensive snaps in Week 17, there was little opportunity for Vannett to take the field. While splitting his season between Seattle and Pittsburgh, Vannett produced 17 receptions (on 22 targets) for 166 yards in 13 games. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, Vannett could explore opportunities elsewhere if he's not willing to return to Pittsburgh as a No. 2 or 3 tight end.
Vannett caught his lone target for 18 yards in Pittsburgh's 16-10 loss to the Jets on Sunday.
The return of Vance McDonald resulted in Vannett regressing to his typical one target game -- he now has one target in seven of 10 games played with the Steelers. Pittsburgh finishes the regular season with a Week 17 contest against a Baltimore defense that ranks first in fantasy in limiting points to tight ends.
Vannett (illness) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets.
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.
Vannett (illness) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
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.
Vannett caught five of six targets for 40 yards in Pittsburgh's 17-10 loss to Buffalo on Sunday night.
Coming into the night, Vannett had caught no more than two passes in 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.
Vannett is expected to start at tight end in Sunday's game against the Bills with Vance McDonald (concussion) ruled out for the contest, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports. "It's a great opportunity for me," Vannett said Friday. "I'm looking forward to it, to prove to my teammates that they can trust me and prove to everybody in this organization that they can rely on me to get the job done."
Picked up via trade from Seattle in September, Vannett has mostly worked as a blocker in his 10 games with Pittsburgh, garnering only 10 targets and hauling in seven of them for 70 yards and no touchdowns. He'll likely continue to offer most of his impact as a blocker in Week 15, though McDonald's absence will free Vannett up to run more routes than usual, putting the 26-year-old on the radar in weekly leagues that start two tight ends. Rookie fifth-round pick Zach Gentry should dress as Vannett's backup after he was previously inactive for 10 of the Steelers' first 13 games.
Vannett was not targeted in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday.
Coming into this game Vannett had just seven receptions for 70 yards and no touchdowns in eight games for the Steelers. If Vance McDonald (concussion) is unable to play Week 15, Vannett would likely draw the start against a Buffalo defense that has allowed the third and fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends in standard and PPR formats respectively.
Vannett caught his only target for seven yards in Pittsburgh's 20-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday.
In seven games with Pittsburgh, Vannett has been targeted just nine times with six catches for 35 yards to show for it. As attractive as the Week 14 matchup against a non-existent Arizona pass defense is, there simply is no reason to even have Vannett on fantasy rosters.
Vannett (illness) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Vannett missed just one practice with the ailment and should be good to go Sunday. He played a season-low 16 snaps in Week 11 but still managed to catch his only target for seven yards.
Vannett (illness) didn't practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
It's still early in the week, so Vannett has two more practices to get onto the field and extinguish any worries about his status for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Over six games since being traded to the Steelers, the 2016 third-round pick has caught six passes for 63 scoreless yards. If he can't shake the sickness in time, Zach Gentry will serve as the No. 2 tight end behind Vance McDonald.
Vannett caught his only target for a seven-yard gain during Thursday's 21-7 loss to Cleveland.
Vannett ended Thursday's mess with just 16 offensive snaps, by far a season low. The Ohio State product has recorded a reception in four of his last five games, but has not caught multiple passes in a game since Week 4 -- his first game with Pittsburgh after coming over from Seattle -- and has just one red-zone target this season. The good news, such as it is, is that Sunday brings a trip to Cincinnati to play a Bengals team that surrendered a season-high 28 yards to Vannett in that Week 4 contest.
Vannett caught his only target for eight yards in Sunday's 17-12 win over the Rams.
The reception was only the fifth of the season for Vannett, who now has 56 yards and no touchdowns in six games with Pittsburgh. The win puts the Steelers over .500 for the first time this season (5-4) and although Vannett has a reception in four of those wins, he just isn't enough of a factor on offense to merit fantasy consideration heading into Week 11 against the Browns.
Vannett was unable to bring in his only target during Sunday's 26-24 win over the Colts.
The Steelers have rebounded in a big way this season with four wins in the last five games, thanks in part to some solid performances by Mason Rudolph. Vannett hasn't been a big contributor to that rebound since being acquired from the Seahawks, with four catches for 48 yards in five games for his new club, including two catchless outings. That sort of usage rate isn't going to get it done from a fantasy perspective, even with a matchup against a middle-of-the-pack Rams pass defense on tap Sunday.
Vannett caught his only target for a 15-yard gain during Monday's 27-14 win over Miami.
After getting traded to Pittsburgh from Seattle for a fifth-round pick, Vannett has yet to be much of a difference maker as a receiver, with just four catches on six targets for 48 yards in four games. He has yet to be targeted in the red zone this season either as a Seahawk or Steeler. A middle-of-the-pack Colts pass defense awaits Sunday.
Vannett caught his only target for five yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.
Vannett has yet to see more than two targets in a game this season, but he was on the field for 36 snaps compared to 39 for Vance McDonald, who was dealing with a shoulder stinger heading into this contest. The Steelers' run-heavy philosophy in Week 6 also hindered this already erratic TE picture, though McDonald could sneak back into fantasy relevance in Week 8 versus the Dolphins after a bye. Vannett would return to the background if McDonald can heal up in the interim.
Vannett caught both his targets for 28 yards in Monday night's 27-3 win over Cincinnati.
The newly acquired tight end came into the game with four catches for 38 yards and was used sparingly, despite Vance McDonald (shoulder) inactive and Xavier Grimble (calf) on IR. It won't be any easier Week 5 against the Ravens, who have allowed opposing tight ends to score just one touchdown in the last eight games dating back to last season.
Vannett and Zach Gentry will serve as the Steelers' available tight ends Monday against the Bengals with Vance McDonald (shoulder) inactive, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.
The Seahawks traded Vannett last Tuesday due to the withered state of the TE room in Pittsburgh. Aside from McDonald, who was donning a sling and didn't practice before this game, Xavier Grimble (calf) is on injured reserve. Vannett will step into a prime opportunity to produce with Mason Rudolph under center. That said, Vannett didn't do much during his Seahawks tenure, averaging 6.9 yards per target and scoring four touchdowns in 42 appearances.
Vannett was traded to the Steelers from the Seahawks in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
With starting tight end Vance McDonald seen in a sling Tuesday due to a sprained shoulder, the Steelers chose to bolster their depth. This could be a great opportunity for Vannett, especially if McDonald is forced to miss time, as he was firmly behind Will Dissly on the depth chart in Seattle. Through the first three games of the season, Vannett has caught just four of five targets for 38 yards, hardly proving fantasy relevance. The fact that they were aggressive and traded a draft asset for Vannett shows the Steelers are at least concerned with McDonald's injury and could lead to Vannett having a role in the offense as early as Monday's game against Cincinnati.
Vannett caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Saints.
Vannett's firmly behind Dissly on the depth chart, as the latter registered six receptions for 62 yards and a score in this contest. Considering Vannett didn't have consistent fantasy value last year when Dissly was injured, Dissly's success is more due to his skill than Russell Wilson's willingness to throw to tight ends.
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