It’s clear Saints wide receiver Willie Snead is seeking employment in New Orleans


We keep hearing Willie Snead this and Willie Snead that throughout training camp, and for good reason.  After a strong start in White Sulphur Springs, WV and in the first preseason contest, it sounds like the New Orleans Saints‘ young wideout is beginning to separate himself from most of his true competition.

The 2014 undrafted free agent from Ball State is becoming a favorite to land a job in New Orleans when it’s time to trim down the roster to 53 men.  Snead continues to awe onlookers, displaying his excellent speed, impressive ball skills, good footwork, and a befitting chemistry with Saints quarterbacks.

Drawing comparisons to former Saints’ fan favorite Lance Moore, Willie Snead rarely drops a pass, which should obviously be a commodity of any wide receiver trying to make it in the National Football League, but that’s not always the case.

While Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks and 2014 UDFA Brandon Coleman, who took a huge leap forward this year, are all likely locks at the wideout position, Snead is eyeing up one of the those final two or three roster spots.  However, he is in good company.

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Guys like Joe Morgan, Nick Toon and Seantavius Jones aren’t going to just give up, so Willie Snead must continue to fight hard in one of the biggest uphill battles at training camp if he wishes to step onto the field for the Black and Gold in September.  Of course, a couple of others like R.J. Harris and Jalen Saunders shouldn’t be counted out just yet.

The Saints have distinguished themselves as a team known for finding those diamonds in the rough that come via the undrafted free agent market — Pierre Thomas, Lance Moore, Khiry Robinson, Joe Morgan, etc.  Brandon Coleman is another example as he could wind up being a breakout player in 2015, and quite possibly the Saints’ biggest discovery yet.  Snead is looking to do the same by earning a job in the league as an underdog.

Willie Snead began his NFL career by signing with the Cleveland Browns in 2014 as an undrafted rookie.  However, he was cut just in time for the regular season.  He joined the Carolina Panthers practice squad in September, and then eventually found himself in New Orleans in December, also as a practice squad member.

The Ball State leader in 100-yard games and Biletnikoff Award semifinalist (2013) still has much work to do to prove himself capable of employment in the Crescent City, but at this pace, it’s going to be difficult for Sean Payton and company to tell him no when the time comes.  It is clear that Willie Snead IV wants a job down on the bayou.

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