Three players that will breakout for Seahawks in 2018
By Lee Vowell
Nick Vannett, Tight end
For those who forget, Vannett was drafted in the third round in 2016 by the Seahawks. This means Seattle expected Vannett to turn into a starter. This is the season Vannett needs to become that guy.
In two seasons the tight end from Ohio State has only caught 15 passes. He has done so on just 19 targets, though. This means, so far at least, that Vannett catches almost everything thrown in his direction. He has one touchdown catch in his career. This one…
One touchdown reception is 68 less than Jimmy Graham has in his career. Graham, of course, left this offseason for Green Bay. Graham was mostly underwhelming in his time in Seattle. Sure, he caught 10 touchdowns in 2017. He also dropped eight passes.
Vannett was drafted to be able to block (something Graham never really could do) and pass (something Graham does mostly well). The Seahawks did sign Ed Dickson this offseason and Dickson will probably start. Seattle also drafted Uncle Will Dissly to block and sometimes catch.
There is no reason Vannett cannot become the full-time starter in Seattle as he can both catch and block, presumably. He really just hasn’t been given a chance. At least not with Graham and (also former Seahawk) Luke Willson on the roster.
But now the future could belong to Vannett. Tripling his career pass reception numbers in 2018 is not out of the question.