Willie Snead starting turning heads in training camp with the New Orleans Saints, much like he did as a rookie with the Cleveland Browns in 2014. He built up a reputation for having strong hands, and head coach Sean Payton acknowledged that Snead’s hard work was moving him up into the receiver competition. Snead ended up being the Saints most productive receiver in the preseason, and was rewarded with a roster spot on the final 53.
Snead’s debut against the Arizona Cardinals saw only one reception, but it went for 63 yards. It only got better from there, as his snap counts and targets increased. In Week 15 against the Detroit Lions, Snead hauled in a career high 10 receptions in a losing effort. He had two 100-yard receiving games against the Philadelphia Eagles (Week 5) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 14), and finished the year with 69 receptions, 984 yards, and 3 touchdowns.
If Snead had not missed a game, he would have likely finished out as the second Saints 1,000-yard wide receiver. The 23-year old wide receiver has an extremely bright future ahead of him, and has proven to be another one of those great undrafted free agents the New Orleans Saints hit on.
The 2016 season already has us with high hopes, as recent coaching changes and several future/reserve contracts have the buzz to make even more players who have the potential to impress us.