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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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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

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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

Willie Snead caught 5-of-7 targets for 47 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' Week 10 loss to the Broncos.

The scores were Snead's first since Week 2. Snead has seen at least seven targets in five straight games, but been held below 60 yards in six of his past seven appearances. He has a WR3 floor, but the same goes for his ceiling.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 05:51:00 PM

Willie Snead nabbed three-of-seven targets for 36 yards Sunday in the Saints' Week 9 win over the 49ers.

Snead saw the second-most targets on the team but finished with fewer yards than Michael Thomas, Brandin Cooks, Coby Fleener and even Josh Hill. Sunday extended Snead’s touchdown drought to five games. A bounceback game against the Broncos in Week 10 seems unlikely. Snead will be more of a WR3/4 for that matchup.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 09:21:00 PM

Willie Snead caught 6-of-8 targets for 56 yards in the Saints' Week 8 loss to the Seahawks.

It was a quiet day against an elite defense that limited the Saints' big plays. Snead has cleared 60 yards only once in his past five games, and is settling in as a WR3 with Michael Thomas continuing to heat up and demand targets.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 05:33:00 PM

Willie Snead nabbed nine-of-11 targets for 87 yards Sunday in the Saints' Week 7 loss to the Chiefs.

It was a nice return to form for Snead, who had averaged just 41.3 yards over his previous three games. Snead was a steady presence all game, hauling in five catches for 51 yards in the first half before adding four receptions for 36 yards after halftime. His longest gain came on a 17-yard pass from Drew Brees on a third-down conversion midway through the first quarter. He’ll be a risky WR3 next week against the Seahawks’ stacked secondary.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 05:24:00 PM

Willie Snead caught 4-of-7 targets for 47 yards in the Saints' Week 6 win over the Panthers.

Coming out of the bye, Snead looked to be well over his toe injury. His seven targets were second-most on the team behind Brandin Cooks' nine. But Snead was left off the scoreboard, not seeing any of Drew Brees' four touchdown passes. Snead will be in the WR3 mix next week at Kansas City.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 07:25:00 PM

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