Willie Snead

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #83
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #83

Willie Snead News

Returns to practice squad

The 49ers signed Snead to their practice squad Tuesday, per the team's official site.

Analysis: Since late-August, Snead has gone back-and-forth between the 49ers' practice squad and their active roster, so this transaction doesn't come with much surprise. However, the veteran receiver could find himself back on the team's 53-man roster after San Fransisco's Week 9 bye if either Deebo Samuel (hamstring) or Jauan Jennings (hamstring) are unable to gain medical clearance in time for the 49ers' Week 10 matchup against the Chargers.

Nov 1, 2022 4:07 PM EST


Let go Monday

Snead was cut by the 49ers on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Snead was signed to the team's active roster from their practice squad Saturday, as Deebo Samuel and Jauan Jennings were both out due to hamstring injuries. Despite playing 21 snaps on offense against the Rams, he failed to see a target. He'll now look for an opportunity elsewhere, although it wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately ended up back with the 49ers' practice squad.

Oct 31, 2022 2:22 PM EST



Signs with San Fran

San Francisco signed Snead off its practice squad Saturday.

Analysis: Snead continues to bounce back and forth between the 49ers' active roster and practice squad, but he's finally secured a spot on the 53-man roster ahead of Week 8. Deebo Samuel (hamstring) has already been ruled out and Juan Jennings (hamstring) is questionable, so it's possible the veteran Snead sees a modest offensive role against the Rams on Sunday while playing behind Brandon Aiyuk, Ray-Ray McCloud and Danny Gray.

Oct 29, 2022 1:51 PM EST


Suiting up Sunday

Snead is active Sunday against the Falcons, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Snead was elevated from the practice squad Saturday. He was active for the team's Week 4 contest against the Rams, but he never played a down.

Oct 16, 2022 8:54 AM EST


Bumped up from practice squad

The 49ers elevated Snead from the practice squad Saturday, Josh Dubow of The Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Snead will be included on the 49ers' gameday roster for the first time this season, but he's not a lock to be active for Sunday's game in Atlanta. The 49ers already have five healthy receivers (Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings, Ray-Ray McCloud and Danny Gray) and may not have a need for Snead as a depth option.

Oct 16, 2022 7:01 AM EST



Returns to practice squad

The 49ers signed Snead to the practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Snead will rejoin San Francisco's practice squad after being added to the team's active roster ahead of Monday's win over the Rams. The veteran wideout, who has spent all but one week on the 49ers' practice squad since Aug. 31, did not get onto the field during this Week 4 matchup and was released Tuesday. Snead recorded four receptions over nine games with the Panthers and Raiders during the past two seasons, and he should provide emergency roster depth moving forward.

Oct 5, 2022 5:24 PM EST


Released by San Francisco

The 49ers released Snead on Tuesday.

Analysis: Snead signed a one-year deal with the 49ers in August but was released before the 53-man roster deadline. He returned to the team on a practice-squad deal and was eventually signed to the active roster ahead of Monday's Week 4 matchup against the Rams. However, the veteran wideout didn't see any playing time during the contest and was released just a day later. Snead appeared in nine games with the Panthers and Raiders last year, securing four of eight targets for 38 yards.

Oct 4, 2022 2:16 PM EST


Signed to active roster

Snead was signed to the 49ers' active roster ahead of Monday's matchup with the Rams, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: After returning to the team's practice squad Sept. 14, Snead will be elevated for Monday night's contest versus the Rams. The wide receiver appeared in nine games with the Panthers and Raiders last season, catching four passes for 38 yards on eight targets.

Oct 3, 2022 9:58 AM EST


Returns to 49ers' practice squad

The 49ers signed Snead to their practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Snead originally signed a one-year deal with the 49ers at the beginning of August, but he was released ahead of the 53-man roster deadline. The veteran wideout then returned to the organization via a practice-squad deal a day later but was let go again last week. However, Snead has since returned to San Fransisco's practice squad and will look to carve out in an unproven wideout room. In his seven-year career, Snead has caught 279 passes for 3,431 yards and 16 touchdowns, but he was unproductive last year during stints with Carolina and Las Vegas.

Sep 14, 2022 2:26 PM EST


Dropped from practice squad

Snead was released from the 49ers' practice squad Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Snead initially joined San Francisco's practice squad after he was let go as part of the team's final roster cuts Aug. 30. The 29-year-old recorded 33 receptions for 432 yards and three touchdowns with the Ravens in 2020, but he hauled in just three passes for 32 yards over seven games with Las Vegas last year. Snead eventually finished the 2021 campaign on the Panthers' practice squad, and he will now likely look to join up with a new team in need of veteran wide receiver depth this regular season.

Sep 7, 2022 7:47 PM EST


Inks practice squad deal

The 49ers signed Snead to their practice squad Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Snead signed with the 49ers at the beginning of August but failed to make the team's initial 53-man roster. However, he'll stick around the organization as a veteran depth piece on the practice squad. The 49ers' wideout corps lacks an established No. 3 option behind Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, so it's possible Snead sees a promotion before too long.

Aug 31, 2022 10:38 AM EST


Released by Niners

The 49ers released Snead on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Snead signed with the 49ers at the beginning of August, but he won't make the team's initial 53-man roster. The veteran wideout appeared in nine games last year -- split between Carolina and Las Vegas -- and totaled four receptions for 38 yards across nine appearances. Snead has caught at least 30 passes in five of his seven NFL seasons and should garner interest from teams around the league in search of wideout depth.

Aug 30, 2022 9:36 AM EST


Signs with San Fran

Snead signed a contract with the 49ers on Friday, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports.

Analysis: Snead recently worked out with the Cardinals and came away without a deal, but a different NFC West team has decided to bring him in. The 29-year-old wide receiver will compete for a depth role in a receiving corps that lacks an established No. 3 option behind Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.

Aug 5, 2022 2:52 PM EST


Returned to practice squad

Snead reverted to Carolina's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Snead saw just one snap on offense and failed to reel in his lone target. It was the first time he's appeared in a game since Week 9 against New England. Snead has three catches for 32 yards on five targets through seven contests in 2021.

Dec 20, 2021 8:31 PM EST


Back on Panthers' active roster

The Panthers have promoted Snead to their 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's tilt versus the Bills, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official website reports.

Analysis: Snead has gone back and forth between the practice squad and active roster all season. He will again help provide depth at wide receiver and presumably contribute on special teams.

Dec 18, 2021 11:04 AM EST


Heads to practice squad

Snead reverted to the Panther's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Snead played on just 17 offensive snaps in his debut with the Panthers, playing behind Robbie Anderson, DJ Moore and Terrace Marshall. The veteran wideout caught one of his two targets for six yards. Snead will now rejoin the practice squad and await his next opportunity to be elevated to the active roster.

Nov 11, 2021 7:12 AM EST


Makes one catch

Snead caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 24-6 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Snead was promoted from Carolina's practice squad to make his team debut, working as the fourth receiver behind DJ Moore, Robby Anderson and Terrace Marshall. Although he made a minimal impact, having a roster spot at least puts Snead on the fantasy radar following his release from the Raiders last month.

Nov 8, 2021 6:11 AM EST


Bumped up from practice squad

Snead was elevated to the active roster Saturday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Snead was signed to the Panthers' practice squad on Oct. 27, just a day after his release from the Raiders. He'll likely play a limited depth role barring any injuries to the other Panthers receivers.

Nov 6, 2021 1:59 PM EST


Joins Carolinas practice squad

Snead signed a deal to join the Panthers' practice squad Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Snead will join Carolina after asking for a release from the Raiders. The wide receiver requested the release after receiving much less playing time than he anticipated. Now in Carolina, Snead will hope to be promoted to the Panthers' 53-man roster as soon as possible. The receiver will fill a depth role barring any injuries to the Panthers' wide receivers.

Oct 27, 2021 5:30 PM EST


Granted release

The Raiders released Snead on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Since bursting on the scene with 69 receptions for 985 yards and three touchdowns in his first NFL season with the Saints in 2015, Snead has seen his production drop off in the years that have followed. After inking a one-year deal with Las Vegas this offseason, Snead wasn't expected to fill a major role in the pass-catching corps, but he asked for his release after his playing time was less than he anticipated heading into the season. Over his seven games with the Raiders, Snead played just 36 snaps on offense and hauled in three of five targets for 32 yards.

Oct 26, 2021 1:24 PM EST


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