Willie Snead

Willie Snead

Wide Receiver #83
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 195 lb.
College:Ball State
Born:October 17, 1992
Drafted:2014 / UDFA

Willie Snead: Faces competition from rookies

Snead's passing game role will likely be affected by the Ravens' draft, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Baltimore nabbed Devin Duvernay and James Proche in the draft, and given that receiver was considered by most to be the Ravens' most pressing need entering the draft, this is a problem for Snead. Both players project to start out in the slot, which is where Snead plays. Duvernay poses the biggest immediate threat as he was taken in the third round and is the second-fastest receiver on the team behind Marquise Brown. Zrebiec notes that Snead's blocking ability is important in Baltimore's offense, so his role isn't completely going away. But from a fantasy aspect, Snead's stock is trending down with the Duvernay and Proche additions.

April 27, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Willie Snead: Plenty of action in upset loss

Snead hauled in six of eight targets for 56 yards in the Ravens' 28-12 divisional-round loss to the Titans on Saturday.

Analysis: Snead checked in as the Ravens' runner-up in receptions, receiving yardage and targets to top option Marquise Brown. The veteran was a frequent target of Lamar Jackson's in the fruitless comeback effort, and he played his usual steady role in the short-to-intermediate passing window. Despite its relatively productive conclusion, Snead's 2019 season was largely a disappointment from a fantasy perspective, as he saw significant downturns in catches (31) and receiving yards (339) compared to the 62-651 line he'd generated in 2018. However, eh did make up for it to an extent with a career-best five touchdown grabs, but it remains to be seen if it's enough for Baltimore to keep him on the books for $5.4 million next season.

January 11, 2020 9:48 PM EST

Willie Snead: Records four touches in win

Snead caught three of five passes for 22 yards during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Steelers. He failed to gain yards on his lone carry.

Analysis: It was a quiet day for most of the Ravens weapons as Lamar Jackson and other front-line players sat and Baltimore's defense smothered a depleted Pittsburgh squad. Snead was among the exceptions. His five targets were his most since Week 6 and his four touches and 22 yards were his most since Week 5. That should tell you all that you need to know about Snead's role in this offense despite the WR2 label. After a bye, the Ravens will play the Texans, Bills or Titans in the divisional round. Snead caught a combined five of seven targets for 26 yards and a touchdown in games against Houston and Buffalo this season.

December 31, 2019 3:43 PM EST

Willie Snead: Playing time, targets wane

Snead was held without a catch on his lone target Sunday against the Browns.

Analysis: Snead played just 41 percent of the snaps Sunday and was not involved in the passing game while Marquise Brown and Seth Roberts played the most among the Baltimore wideouts. With some key starters sitting out in Week 17, Snead could be more featured in the offense than usual. He won't have the benefit of catching passes from Lamar Jackson, however, as Robert Griffin will be getting the start while Jackson is rested for the playoffs.

December 24, 2019 7:57 AM EST

Willie Snead: Target volume dips

Snead caught his lone target for 15 yards Thursday against the Jets.

Analysis: Snead's volume dropped off Thursday after having seen multiple targets in six straight games. That said, Snead hasn't had more than 20 yards in any game since Week 5. With a small target share and a low average depth of target (9.1), Snead doesn't have much in the way of peripheral numbers to project a major turnaround down the stretch.

December 13, 2019 1:57 PM EST

Willie Snead: Finds end zone vs. Bills

Snead caught three of four targets for 13 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Snead tied for the team lead in targets, and although none of his catches went for more than seven yards, he salvaged his performance with a short touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. The veteran now has three touchdowns in his last three games, giving him a new career high of five for the season. Snead hasn't surpassed 18 receiving yards in any of his last eight outings, however, and will be a risky fantasy play Thursday against the Jets.

December 8, 2019 9:40 PM EST

Willie Snead: Held to 12 yards

Snead caught one of two targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over San Francisco.

Analysis: Snead actually led all Ravens wide receivers in yardage, with only tight ends Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst surpassing Snead's meager total. Another tough defense looms in Buffalo in Week 14, so Snead will be tough to trust in Baltimore's run-first attack.

December 1, 2019 2:49 PM EST

Willie Snead: Tallies two touchdowns

Snead caught two of three targets for 14 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 45-6 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Snead's receptions were duplicates of each other, as they both came from seven yards out and ended in pay dirt. Those scores marked Snead's first touchdowns since the first month of this season, doubling his total tally to four. Considering his last four stat lines have been nearly identical besides Monday's touchdowns, however, Snead's upside remains relatively restricted.

November 25, 2019 9:32 PM EST

Willie Snead: Held to 13 yards in blowout

Snead caught two of three passes for 13 yards during Sunday's 41-7 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Lamar Jackson and the Ravens' offense continue to dazzle, but Snead has largely been left out in the cold. During Baltimore's last five games, during which the team has averaged 36 points per game, Snead is averaging 12.0 total yards per game and hasn't topped 20 yards in a game since Week 5. Snead has the playmaking ability to make a difference even with limited opportunities, but he just hasn't done so down the stretch this season. He shouldn't draw your attention until that changes. Next up is a matchup against the Rams' 15th-ranked pass defense.

November 19, 2019 8:05 PM EST

Willie Snead: Makes three catches

Snead caught three of five targets for 18 yard during sunday's 23-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Snead finished second on the team in targets, but he did virtually nothing of note as his longest gain went for just 10 yards. The absence of Marquise Brown (ankle) had little impact on usage for the veteran, who had received five targets in two of the previous three games and averaged 53 yards per game over that stretch. Snead is far from a bankable fantasy option seemingly regardless of who's in the lineup, and this should remain the case in next week's away matchup with the Seahawks.

October 13, 2019 4:14 PM EST

Willie Snead: Grabs four passes

Snead caught four of five passes for 51 yards during Sunday's 26-23 overtime win against the Steelers.

Analysis: It doesn't look like much, but Snead's four receptions were his most since Week 16 of the 2018 season. The veteran target is catching passes at an impressive 17.1-yards-per-reception clip, but it's hard to get much consistency in Baltimore's unconventional offense. He has a favorable matchup in Week 6 against a Bengals defense surrendering 12.3 yards per catch, eighth-worst in the league.

October 6, 2019 3:04 PM EST

Willie Snead: Scores 50-yard TD in garbage time

Snead caught both of his targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 40-25 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Garbage time scores count just the same as all others, and anybody who plugged in Snead was rewarded with a 50-yard touchdown in the final minute after he had posted a dud up until that point. Snead has only eight catches through four games, but he's managed to top 40 yards three times. He also has two touchdowns on the season heading into the Ravens' Week 5 trip to Pittsburgh.

September 29, 2019 3:17 PM EST

Willie Snead: More involved against Chiefs

Snead caught three of five targets for 47 yards Sunday against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Snead is now up to 93 yards on the season and has posted at least 40 yards in two of his three games. Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews will continue to be the primary options in this offense, but Snead plays the most snaps of any Baltimore skill player, so the targets could start to tick up over time.

September 23, 2019 7:34 PM EST

Willie Snead: Limited impact against Cardinals

Snead had just one catch for five yards on one target Sunday against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Marquise Brown is staking his claim to being Baltimore's top receiver over Snead, who has just three catches for 46 yards on four targets to start the year. Snead is tied for fourth on the team in target share and has seen three-or-less targets in six of his last eight regular-season games dating back to last year. It's unlikely that he'll continue to be a non-factor in this offense, but it's fair to wonder whether he'll be anything more than the No.3 target behind Brown and Mark Andrews.

September 16, 2019 1:27 PM EST

Willie Snead: Finds end zone in win

Snead brought in two of three targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 59-10 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Snead entered the season as the Ravens' top receiver on the depth chart, but as was demonstrated Sunday, rookie Marquise Brown could make that designation obsolete in short order. However, Snead did make his fantasy mark in Sunday's deconstruction of the Dolphins with a 33-yard scoring grab early in the second quarter, and he could well thrive against plenty of single coverage in many games this season if Brown continues to prove as big a threat as he was Sunday. Snead will look to build on his solid start to the season when the Ravens take on the Cardinals in Week 2.

September 8, 2019 2:22 PM EST

Willie Snead: Gets rested Thursday

Snead did not play in Thursday's preseason win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Baltimore opted to rest several offensive starters Thursday, including Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram. Snead has already locked in a starting role as the slot receiver for the Ravens, so there was little need to expose him to further game action if the purpose of that tilt was to get reps for younger players. It's unclear whether Baltimore will play any starters in its preseason finale, but either way, Snead figures to be on the field when the Ravens open up in Miami on Sept. 8.

August 23, 2019 10:20 AM EST

Willie Snead: Scores in preseason opener

Snead caught his lone target for a 10-yard touchdown during Thursday's 29-0 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Lamar Jackson capped Baltimore's third drive of the game with a quick out to Snead, who swiveled through the defense for a 10-yard score. A lot will be made in the coming days of Jackson sticking in and delivering in the pocket after an offseason focused on his ability to run. If Jackson is able get the ball out quickly and let Snead do his thing in the open field, the veteran receiver will be a commodity given the fact that Michael Crabtree and John Brown are no longer on the depth chart.

August 8, 2019 9:37 PM EST

Willie Snead: Caught passes during minicamp

Snead (finger) caught passes in team drills during June's mandatory minicamp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The fact Snead has been cleared to catch passes suggests his surgically-repaired finger is a thing of the past. After a 2018 campaign in which his efficiency and production dipped after Lamar Jackson took over at quarterback, Snead's full health should allow him to focus on developing better chemistry with his signal caller.

June 19, 2019 10:38 AM EST

Willie Snead: Recovering from finger surgery

Snead had offseason surgery on his finger, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Snead has been limited throughout the spring but is pushing to get on the field. He also mentioned losing 10 pounds during the offseason in an effort to add speed and get more separation from defensive backs. Entering the second season of a two-year, $7 million contract, Snead figures to reprise his role in the slot while Marquise Brown (foot), Chris Moore, Miles Boykin (hamstring), Seth Roberts, Michael Floyd and a few other players compete for snaps outside. Roberts also has a long track record of playing the slot, so it's possible the Ravens move Snead outside more often if he does in fact look faster once he's cleared for full practice participation.

May 30, 2019 2:57 PM EST

Willie Snead: Leads team in catches

Snead recorded a team-high 62 receptions for 651 yards and a touchdown on 91 targets in his first season with the Ravens in 2018.

Analysis: The former Saint was a consistent contributor in Baltimore's low-volume passing attack this past season. He saw at least five targets in 13 games and caught 64.4 percent of his looks while accounting for 18.5 percent of the team's air yards. Snead's reliable presence over the middle and as a downfield blocker make it likely that he'll be back for the second year of his two-year deal in Baltimore in 2019.

January 8, 2019 9:31 AM EST

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