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Willie Snead | Wide Receiver | #83

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/17/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
College: Ball State
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Willie Snead (toe) is inactive for Week 3 against the Falcons.
Rookie Mike Thomas will fill in and play heavier snaps as the No. 2 receiver, while Brandon Coleman will see increased work in three-wide sets. Look for those two and Coby Fleener to be more prominent targets in the red zone. Also inactive for the Saints are S Kenny Vaccaro (ankle), LT Terron Armstead (knee), DT Tyeler Davison, WLB Dannell Ellerbe, CB Delvin Breaux, and TE Josh Hill. Sep 26 - 7:03 PM

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ESPN's Britt McHenry reports Saints WR Willie Snead (toe, questionable) will not play Monday night against the Falcons.

This is not a huge surprise after Snead missed most of the practice week. With Snead out, rookie Michael Thomas and TE Coby Fleener should see more work in a great matchup. Thomas is available in over half of Yahoo leagues for players in need of a late replacement.
Sep 26 - 11:48 AM

Willie Snead (questionable, toe) is a game-time decision for Week 3 against Atlanta.

Snead's status is up in the air after missing most of the practice week. He's "hopeful" of playing, but knows it'll come down to how he feels Monday. Even if Snead starts, the late game and possibility of a setback make him a risky WR3 play.
Sep 24 - 3:02 PM

Updating a previous item, Willie Snead (toe) was held out of Saints practice on Friday.

A previous report indicated Snead was suited up, but the Saints' official injury report had Snead not taking part. The Saints will hold another practice on Saturday ahead of Monday night's clash with the Falcons. Although beat writers have not expressed concern about Snead's availability, this remains a situation to closely monitor. The "toe" injury could conceivable indicate that Snead is dealing with a turf-toe sort of injury.
Sep 23 - 4:38 PM

Willie Snead (toe) returned to Saints practice Friday.

Snead was given Thursday's practice off, but he should be good to go for Monday night's tilt with Atlanta. Snead has settled in as an every-week WR2.
Sep 23 - 3:21 PM

Willie Snead is dealing with a toe injury.

It's what held Snead out of Thursday's practice. At least right now, we don't have reason to believe Snead will miss Monday's game against the Saints, but we need more information. Toe injuries are no laughing matter. Snead played 54-of-65 snaps against the Giants in Week 2. Even a "limited" session Friday would put him on track to play.
Sep 22 - 4:42 PM

Willie Snead (undisclosed) was absent from the portion of Saints practice open to the media on Thursday.

It's the Saints' first practice of the week, as they're playing in the Monday night game. It's possible Snead isn't injured and is away from the team on personal business, but that's not the most-likely scenario. It's also not the "veteran's day" portion of the season for a 23 year old. Snead's status will be updated soon.
Sep 22 - 3:07 PM

Willie Snead snagged five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown on eight targets Sunday in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Giants.

Snead saved his best for last, splitting two defenders for a wide open 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Saints’ offense was uncharacteristically stagnant on Sunday but as usual, Snead still filled up the stat sheet. His current pace—113 receiving yards per game—is unsustainable but Snead’s chemistry with Drew Brees is undeniable. He’ll be an upside WR3 and possibly even a back-end WR2 next time out against the Falcons.
Sep 18 - 5:37 PM

Willie Snead caught 9-of-9 targets for 173 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 1 loss to the Raiders.

Snead got himself wide open all day long. His touchdown was a one-yard grab on fourth-and-goal that he caught in traffic. Today will quite possibly be a season-high for yardage, but Snead has re-announced his WR3 presence. That's what he'll be for next week's trip to New York to face the Giants.
Sep 11 - 5:55 PM

Willie Snead said his goal is 1,000 yards this season.

Snead went for 984 yards last season, so 1,000 is certainly in reach. With Coby Fleener and rookie Michael Thomas in the fold, however, there might not be much room for progression this season. Snead is a borderline WR3 against the Raiders.
Sep 10 - 1:12 PM

Willie Snead caught 4-of-4 targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' third preseason game.

The Saints' top receiver with Drew Brees in the game, Snead's score came from 17 yards out on a play where he got the best of Steelers rookie S Sean Davis. Snead isn't a sexy fantasy pick, but he plays on a high-octane passing team and is used creatively, getting matchups with linebackers and safeties at times. He's a high-floor investment as a WR3 who can usually be drafted as a WR4.
Aug 26 - 9:51 PM

The New Orleans Advocate's Nick Underhill reports Willie Snead "has looked even better than last season" during camp.

Snead faces tough competition for targets from newcomers Coby Fleener and Michael Thomas, but he is not giving up his role without a fight. Underhill reports Snead is clearly in Drew Brees' "circle of trust" and was the main target when Brandin Cooks was sidelined on Saturday. Despite some highlight plays from Thomas, Snead looks poised to hold off the rookie for the No. 2 job.
Aug 8 - 8:37 AM

The New Orleans Advocate expects Willie Snead and Coby Fleener to vie for the Saints' No. 2 pass-catching role.

Beat writer Nick Underhill is confident Brandin Cooks is the top option, setting his "floor" at 1,200 receiving yards with a ceiling of 1,500. Underhill indicated he wouldn't be shocked if Snead lost snaps in two-receiver sets to rookie Michael Thomas, who is ticketed for a big role in the red zone right away. Fleener's Average Draft Position has risen quickly over the last two months. Snead's has stayed roughly stagnant in the eighth to ninth rounds.
Jul 12 - 9:42 PM

Coach Sean Payton expects a "big step forward" from Willie Snead.

"He’s someone that's training real well," Payton said. "The attention to detail is high. He has a knack for finding holes. And the leverage in man-to-man." Snead finished with just 27 fewer targets than Brandin Cooks last year, but was a non-factor in the red zone. There are regression concerns with the additions of Coby Fleener and rookie Michael Thomas. Snead is currently going as the WR49.
Jun 4 - 4:41 PM

Willie Snead caught 3-of-4 targets for 35 yards in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Falcons.

A second-year UDFA, Snead finishes his sophomore campaign with 69 catches for 984 yards and three touchdowns. This, after he spent his entire rookie year on practice squads. Snead did work both down the field and in the short-to-intermediate areas, operating as a true No. 2 for a team that desperately needed someone to step up behind Brandin Cooks. Still only 23, Snead has room to grow, and will begin 2016 as an upside WR3.
Jan 3 - 5:19 PM

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FB1John Kuhn
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Brandon Coleman
3Tommylee Lewis
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