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WR Willie Snead - New Orleans Saints

5-11, 195Born: 10-17-1992College: Ball StateDrafted: ---

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2016 Week 17 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 82 / 0 rec)

Snead's first catch of the day came on a PA-crosser; he caught the ball in a vacant middle zone before cutting upfield for 20 yards. Snead gained separation in the right slot early in the fourth quarter, quickly selling an outside move before cutting back inside for a lengthy 35-yard gain that showed a refusal to go down. He made an excellent catch on a third-and-long midway through the fourth, leaving his man in the dust on a whip route and then reeling in the ball with one hand. Upon running upfield for the first down, Snead was decked by an ATL safety, fumbling the ball into the hands of an alert teammate. Snead appeared shaken up after the play, but was able to walk to the sideline under his own power. The reliable slot machine did not return, but remained on the sideline for the conclusion of the contest.

2016 Week 16 vs TB (5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Snead suffered a drop on a PA-pass early in the second quarter on a short crossing route. He settled down in a vacant zone over the middle on the following drive, falling at the chains for seven yards. Snead caught his second and final reception of the day on a comeback route to the right sideline off a flea-flicker, gaining 14 yards in the process. The quiet day for Snead included the aforementioned drop, but can also be partially attributed to NO's wire-to-wire lead and commitment to the ground game.

2016 Week 15 vs ARI (11 / 8 / 76 / 0 rec)

Midway through the second period, Snead converted a crucial first down on fourth down for his first reception of the day; he came across the formation behind the OL before settling into an open window for a five-yard gain. He stayed involved early on the following drive, running a seam route from the left slot for 12 yards to kickstart the series. Snead ran a route well short of the chains early in the third quarter, picking up five yards before a punt. He ran a speed out on the following possession, gaining 11 easy yards underneath the soft defense. Snead elevated for a seam route that appeared to be a 21-yard TD, but was ruled incomplete on review. He stayed busy early on the following drive, settling down in a wide open zone down the field for an easy 19 yards up the left seam. He ran another speed out a few plays later, feasting on the soft coverage for another six yards. Snead continued his possession-receiving ways into the following drive, gaining a quick ten on a short hitch to the right sideline. His final catch of the busy day was a speed out from the left slot, gaining quick outside leverage for eight yards to set up first and goal. His chunks of yardage against soft coverage were a consistent mode of New Orleans' offense dominating time of possession.

2016 Week 14 vs TB (8 / 6 / 85 / 0 rec)

Snead made a critical third-down conversion midway through the second quarter for his first reception of the game, a vertical route up the left seam for 29 yards in the middle of traffic. Snead ran a short crosser for a gain of six three downs later, initially breaking one tackle, but was unable to move the chains on second effort. He continued an active role into the second half, catching a 20-yard pass on a vertical route up the right seam with inside leverage on his team's second play from scrimmage. The normally reliable receiver suffered his second drop of the day just a few plays later. He was unable to make up for it with a checkdown in the right flat on the following play with only a seven-yard gain. He stayed busy late into the third period, breaking free into the right flat with an out-route off play action to gain six. Snead started off his team's two-minute drive by settling down into a shallow zone and proceeding to run after the catch for 16. Snead saw a few more targets in Michael Thomas' absence and benefitted with his most productive game in several weeks.

2016 Week 13 vs DET (6 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)

Snead suffered an uncharacteristic drop early in the second quarter, his first target of the day, on a short crossing route. Snead caught his first pass of the day in tight traffic over the middle of the field, gaining 14 yards midway through the third period. He made an impressive contested catch midway through the fourth quarter, running a seam route to pick up 24 yards. Snead's quiet day was a product of New Orleans' offensive struggles at large.

2016 Week 12 vs LA (7 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)

Snead's first catch came midway through the first quarter, sitting down in the middle of the field from the right slot for a five-yard gain. Snead picked up the first down two plays later, running a short crosser and breaking a tackle for 16 yards. He continued his hot start with an out route from the right slot early in the second quarter, earning outside leverage for eight yards. Snead caught his fourth pass late in the half, following blockers from the left flat for seven. He served as the QB on a trick play early in the fourth quarter, receiving a lateral in the left flat before tossing to a wide open Tim Hightower on the opposite sideline. Hightower made one man miss and proceeded to waltz into the endzone to give Snead a 50-yard TD pass. Snead earned two garbage-time yards late in the fourth on a screen in the left flat.

2016 Week 11 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)

Snead's first catch came late in the first quarter, a screen pass to the left flat in which he benefitted from a defensive blitz for 14 yards and a third-down conversion. He settled down in the middle of the field in a voided zone for nine yards late in the second period. Snead ran a shallow crosser through the middle of the field midway through the third, gaining four, but was unable to break a tackle to set up a fourth-and-five. He ran a short stick route from the right slot late in the fourth period, gaining six to set up a second-and-goal. The trusty possession receiver will continue his underneath role without much fantasy upside.

2016 Week 10 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 47 / 2 rec)

Snead was targeted twice on New Orleans' opening drive for his only two failed connections on the day. Both incompletions were due to air-tight man coverage. He found wide open space late in the first half, running an out route to the left sideline and proceeding to run up the field for 24 yards. Snead opened the second half with a short completion to the right flat while coming off motion, but was immediately thrown down for a gain of one. He moved the chains two plays later with a critical 14-yard reception when he broke free with an in route through the middle of the field. Snead took advantage of miscommunication from the Denver defense for an easy three-yard TD later in the same drive, finding absolutely wide open space in the left corner of the end zone. Snead caught another TD pass to finish the following drive, first running inside off play-action before breaking back out to gain slight outside leverage through tight coverage for a five-yard score. Snead's two TDs weren't spectacular in nature, but they are a reminder of the role he serves in the Saint offense: a reliable possession receiver who can move the chains and come down with the football more often than not through tight coverage.

2016 Week 9 vs SF (7 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Snead got his first catch late in the second period, a short crossing route underneath the defense that picked up eight. Snead ran a vertical route from the left slot very late in the first half, winning up the field against his man coverage for 19 yards and crucially getting out of bounds with a waning clock. He came out of the backfield on a key third down midway through the third quarter, running a wheel route up the right sideline for nine yards to pick up a first down. Snead faded down the stretch as the Saints had the game easily in hand, turning to the ground game in order to run out the clock. His volume takes a hit due to the impressive emergence of Michael Thomas, but Snead remains a trusted possession option with PPR value.

2016 Week 8 vs SEA (8 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)

Snead received two targets on New Orleans' opening drive, but was unable to convert on either one due to tight defensive coverage. His first catch came late in the quarter, a short hitch route in the right slot to earn eight yards and a new set of downs. He caught a shallow crosser off play-action midway through the second period for 13 yards. On th next drive, Snead chipped an opposing pass rusher before scampering out to the left flat for an eight-yard gain. He stayed busy with short-yardage targets shortly after on the drive, selling an inside route before breaking back outside for a six-yard gain to convert a third-and-short. Snead was quiet until early in the fourth quarter, when he came free in a small zone to the left flat for five yards. He came across the formation to the right flat off play-action on the successive possession, turning the short pass into a 16-yard pickup after the catch. Snead is a trusted interior option for the New Orleans offense who can be valued moving forward as a solid WR3.

2016 Week 7 vs KC (11 / 9 / 87 / 0 rec)

Snead began his productive day with a short zig route from the right slot to beat man coverage for seven yards and a first down. He gained 17 yards on the following down, gaining inside leverage on an intermediate crosser. Snead served as a chain-mover once again on the following drive, earning outside leverage on an intermediate out route to gain 15 yards on third-and-long. On the next play, Snead was unable to corral the target through heavy contact resulting in a tipped pass that was returned for a pick-six. His team's trust in the young receiver didn't waver, as Brees went back to him to begin the following possession for a five-yard pickup to the right flat. He ran a short crosser later in the half for seven, but he fell several yards short of the first down. His first reception of the second half came on a short checkdown to the right flat in which he cut back inside to gain seven after the catch. Snead settled down in the left flat for a short gain of six late in the third quarter, but fell a yard short of the first down. Snead converted a clutch third down with an out-route from the right slot to beat man coverage and pick up 12 yards. He opened the Saints' last-gasp drive with an 11-yard gain on an uncovered seam route in which he was not able to get out-of-bounds. He is Brees' most trusted target in high-pressure situations as evidenced by his numerous third-down conversions.

2016 Week 6 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)

Snead's first reception came midway through the second period, when he found extensive space in the middle of a voided defensive zone, gaining 16 to move the chains. He broke open for a corner route later in the quarter, picking up 21 yards before crucially reaching the sideline to stop the waning clock. Snead suffered a drop on a screen in his direction late in the third quarter. He critically moved the chains on a short route to the right flat to gain four yards midway through the fourth. Snead began his team's final drive of the day with a quick screen to the right flat for six yards. Michael Thomas' emergence has capped Snead's fantasy ceiling, but he does look to be operating at 100%.

2016 Week 4 vs SD (1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

Snead's first and only catch of the day occurred early in the second quarter, a 23-yard reception on third down in which he sold an out-route before breaking inside to secure inside leverage. Snead played his usual dosage of snaps throughout the contest, but was only targeted once. He figures to ramp back up his involvement as he nears 100% health, but Michael Thomas' emergence puts a bit of a damper on his early-season WR2 status.

2016 Week 2 vs NYG (8 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)

Snead's first reception came on the game's second play, a slant from the left slot in which he gained inside leverage and proceeded to pick up 13 yards. Snead's next reception did not occur until late in the first half, a shallow crossing route from the right slot that picked up four. He ran another shallow crosser two plays later that looked identical to his first, securing a gain of five to move the chains and set up the Saints for a field goal before half. Desperately needing some offense on a third-and-long deep into the third quarter, Snead crucially won inside leverage over the middle of the field to provide a throwing window for Drew Brees' 15-yard completion and a fresh set of downs. Capitalizing off his drive-saving conversion earlier in the drive, Snead found a void in New York's zone down the right seam, and parlayed it into an easy 17-yard touchdown. He remains Brees' second favorite weapon, a trusted option at all levels of the field.

2016 Week 1 vs OAK (9 / 9 / 172 / 1 rec)

The young receiver has clearly elevated into one of Drew Brees' most trusted targets, carrying over an impressive preseason into a lights-out opener. Snead's big day began on the second drive, catching his first pass on an intermediate dig route for twelve yards in the middle of soft zone coverage. Snead caught another pass two plays later, quickly winning inside leverage against a linebacker and taking it upfield for sixteen yards. He stayed busy on the third drive, taking advantage of soft coverage with a short out route for six yards. It was quickly becoming clear that it was Snead's day on his fourth catch, as he sold an inside move in order to beat man coverage up the left sideline for 49 yards on a perfectly thrown pass. Snead settled in a small zone void in the end zone on fourth-and-goal later in the series, scoring a one-yard touchdown in a clutch spot to punctuate his impressive drive. Snead's next reception came near the tail end of the third period, a short angle route coming out a bunch package for eleven yards underneath the zone defense. Snead continued his career day by running past the Oakland zone on a vertical up the left seam for 43 yards, but fumbled the ball that was fortunately recovered to take the ball deep into enemy territory. The second-year receiver found a small vacancy in zone coverage yet again on a desperation late-game drive, gaining 21 yards over the middle. Brees' favorite target of the day broke open once again on the following play for 13 more. A consistent piece of the pie in one of the best offenses in football makes Snead as attractive a WR3 as any in the league.


Latest News

Saints | Willie Snead present for OTAs (Mon Apr 17, 05:03 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead participated in organized team activities Monday, April 17, despite not yet signing his exclusive rights tender.

Our View: He doesn't have much choice as an ERFA as he can choose to play for the Saints in 2017 or choose not to play football. Snead is not permitted to sign with any other team as the Saints did offer him the required one-year tender worth $615,000.
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