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Willie Snead | Wide Receiver | #83

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/17/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
College: Ball State
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Saints coach Sean Payton said Willie Snead played into the fourth quarter Sunday because he wanted to get the receiver more reps after missing some practice time with injury in camp.
Payton told the same story about Coby Fleener. The reasoning makes sense, but it was still odd to see Snead playing at a time usually reserved for third stringers and camp bodies, especially after he was listed behind Ted Ginn on the unofficial depth chart. Snead remains the best fantasy bet behind Michael Thomas, but his usage Sunday raises at least some concern. Aug 21 - 12:37 PM

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Willie Snead hopes to be more of a deep threat this season.

"I think ... this year I will be able to prove that, so we'll just have to wait and see," Snead said of making more of an impact down the field. The 5-foot-11 wideout displayed 4.62 speed at the 2014 Combine, but has averaged a healthy 13.3 yards per catch as an NFLer. Ted Ginn was signed to replace Brandin Cooks' lid-lifting ability, but Snead will have opportunity all over the field as he guns for his first 1,000-yard season.
Jul 27 - 4:54 PM

Saints re-signed exclusive rights free agent WR Willie Snead to a one-year, $615,000 contract.

As an exclusive rights free agent, Snead essentially had no real rights, and was forced to sign this minimum-salary tender in continued hopes the Saints will make a longer-term commitment in the future. Not yet 25 years old, Snead remains an underrated asset in Dynasty leagues. He has posted consecutive top-35 PPR receiver finishes and should see a potentially significant uptick in volume this year with Brandin Cooks gone to New England.
Jul 24 - 5:04 PM

Unsigned exclusive rights free agent Willie Snead will report to Saints camp on Thursday.

"No holdout," Snead said in a text. "I'll be on the practice field." Snead has little recourse but to sign his $615,000 tender, but has been holding out hope for a long-term deal. The Saints would certainly engender some goodwill by working out a compromise, but have little to fear, as Snead will be a restricted free agent next offseason. The Saints hold all the cards, but have hinted they might be willing to play ball.
Jul 24 - 1:26 PM

In games where Willie Snead played at least 70% of the Saints' offensive snaps last season, he averaged 8.7 targets, 6.4 catches, and 81.1 yards.

With the departure of Brandin Cooks, Snead figures to play in the slot in three-receiver sets and on the outside in two-receiver sets. Snead established himself as an elite route-runner in both the slot and outside his first two seasons. His current ADP is WR33, lower than his previous two finishes of WR30 and WR32. You can read more about Snead in Connor Allen's article "Your Need For Willie Snead" in the link below.
Jul 8 - 12:01 PM

Willie Snead reiterated his hope of signing a long-term deal with the Saints before the regular season.

"I think the guys upstairs are working on it," he said. "I'm hopeful, and I just have to keep worrying about myself and staying healthy and doing all the right things." Snead is owed just $615,000 on his exclusive rights free agent tender. Without a long-term deal, he'd be a restricted free agent in 2018.
Jun 14 - 9:41 PM

Unsigned Saints exclusive rights free agent Willie Snead is participating in OTAs.

The Saints are under no obligation to up Snead's $615,000 tender, but his camp has been hoping for a good-faith gesture after he vastly out-performed his contract the past two seasons. Snead has taken on even more importance following Brandin Cooks' trade to New England. It could behoove the Saints to show Snead a little love, or lock him up with an extension.
Apr 17 - 3:20 PM

Saints tendered exclusive rights free agent Willie Snead.

Snead is due just $615,000, but his agent is hopeful the team will offer more as a good-faith gesture. "We look forward to having additional conversations," Snead's agent said. "They like Willie, and we like the Saints." Snead has caught 142 balls over the past two seasons, and could be the Saints' No. 2 receiver in 2017 with Brandin Cooks on the trade block. He's been a jack of all trades behind Cooks and Michael Thomas, and will threaten for 1,000 yards if Cooks is sent packing.
Mar 6 - 5:24 PM

Willie Snead caught 3-of-4 targets for 82 yards in the Saints' Week 17 loss to the Falcons.

Snead had a monster first two weeks of the season, hanging a 9-172-1 line on the Raiders in Week 1 and then catching another touchdown in Week 2, leading some to wonder if he was for real as a WR2. Ultimately, Snead never had another 100-yard game and scored just two more touchdowns while missing some time with a toe issue. Snead settled in as the Saints' No. 3 receiver and a borderline fantasy start. His 96 targets were just one more than 2015, and Snead pretty much matched last season's numbers evenly with a 72-895-4 line. The Saints have Snead under roster control for another two seasons.
Jan 1 - 9:18 PM

Willie Snead caught 2-of-5 targets for 21 yards in the Saints' Week 16 win over the Bucs.

The yardage total was Snead's lowest of the season. The Saints' No. 3 receiver — Snead is good enough to be most teams' No. 2 — heads into Week 17 with 813 yards to his name. The Saints will be primed for a shootout in Atlanta.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 11:48:00 PM

Willie Snead caught 7-of-8 targets for 76 yards Week 15 against the Cardinals.

It was a nice game from Snead, but it should have been much better as the receiver came down with what looked like a catch in the end zone. Despite Snead keeping control of the ball for several seconds while lying on his back, the ball was eventually ripped out and ruled incomplete on the field. There was not enough information on review to reverse the call. The lack of a score was disappointing in a game Drew Brees threw four touchdowns, but Snead has topped 75 yards each of the last two games. He will look to keep that streak going against the Bucs on Christmas Eve.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:04:00 PM

Willie Snead caught 6-of-8 passes for 85 yards in the Saints' Week 14 loss to the Bucs.

With Michael Thomas (foot) sidelined, Snead was the Saints' leading receiver. The yards were his most since Week 7. Snead will be in the WR3 mix if Thomas remains sidelined against the Cardinals next Sunday.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 07:58:00 PM

Willie Snead caught 2-of-5 targets for 38 yards in the Saints' Week 13 loss to the Lions.

Snead has now been held below 40 yards in three straight games, and four of his past five. It's not true from a targets standpoint, but Snead has become a distant third behind Michael Thomas and Brandin Cooks on the production front. His WR3 case has disappeared.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 05:14:00 PM

Willie Snead corralled five-of-seven targets for 38 yards and completed his only pass for a 50-yard touchdown Sunday in the Saints' Week 12 win over the Rams.

Among Saints receivers, only Michael Thomas was targeted more frequently. Snead’s receiving contributions were minimal but he helped fantasy owners by hurling a 50-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Tim Hightower. The touchdown came on a flea-flicker with 10:15 remaining in the fourth quarter. Snead hasn’t gone over 50 yards receiving in his last four games and won’t be more than a mid-range WR3 against Detroit in Week 13.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:50:00 PM

Willie Snead caught 4-of-5 targets for 33 yards in the Saints' Week 11 loss to the Panthers.

Like the entire Saints offense, Snead wasn't allowed to pop off for any big plays against the Panthers' rejuvenated defense. Snead's production has made him a clear fantasy No. 3 behind Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas, but he's still a decent fill-in WR3. He's a big-play threat in one of the league's most explosive offenses.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 12:14:00 AM

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QB1Drew Brees
2Chase Daniel
3Garrett Grayson
4Ryan Nassib
RB1Mark Ingram
2Adrian Peterson
3Alvin Kamara
4Travaris Cadet
5Daniel Lasco
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1Mark Ingram
2Alvin Kamara
FB1John Kuhn
2John Robinson-Woodgett
WR11Michael Thomas
2Willie Snead
3Corey Fuller
4Jordan Williams
5Travin Dural
WR21Ted Ginn
2Brandon Coleman
3Tommylee Lewis
4Jake Lampman
WR31Willie Snead
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4John Phillips
5Clay Harbor
LT1Ryan Ramczyk
2Khalif Barnes
3Terron Armstead
4Jerry Ugokwe
LG1Andrus Peat
2John Fullington
3Josh LeRibeus
C1Senio Kelemete
2Jack Allen
3Cameron Tom
4Max Unger
RG1Larry Warford
2Landon Turner
3Kristjan Sokoli
RT1Zach Strief
2Bryce Harris
K1Wil Lutz