Willie Snead

Las Vegas Raiders
Wide Receiver #83
Las Vegas Raiders
Wide Receiver #83

Willie Snead News

Lands in Las Vegas

Snead agreed to a one-year contract with the Raiders on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Snead is the second veteran wideout to join the Raiders in free agency, alongside fellow potential starter John Brown. While Brown operates best as a deep threat, Snead's skillset lends him to usage in the slot, as does his reliability as a blocker in the running game. After Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards failed to live up expectations as immediate starters in their rookie campaigns, the addition of two veteran wideouts could alleviate some pressure from them as sophomores.

Mar 26, 2021 10:58 AM EST


Could leave Baltimore

Snead isn't sure if he'll re-sign with the Ravens this offseason, according to the team's official website.

Analysis: The 28-year-old slot receiver is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, coming off a 33/432/3 receiving line in 13 regular-season games in 2020. Snead's tenacity made him a good fit in Baltimore's run-heavy offense, but the team may reconsider its priorities at wide receiver, perhaps looking for players with more ability to separate from defensive back. 2020 third-round pick Devin Duvernay would be one option to replace Snead if the veteran doesn't end up re-signing with Baltimore.

Jan 28, 2021 8:12 AM EST



Suits up Sunday

Snead (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's wild-card game against the Titans.

Analysis: Snead, who logged back-to-back limited practices Thursday and Friday, will thus return to action after missing the Ravens' Week 17 win over the Bengals. In 13 games this past season, Snead carried modest value in PPR formats, recording 33 catches (on 48 targets) for 432 yards and three TDs. That's a context that should carry into the postseason, with fellow wide receiver Marquise Brown bringing more big-play upside to the table in Baltimore's run-heavy offense.

Jan 10, 2021 8:43 AM EST


Questionable for Sunday

Snead (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's wild-card game at Tennessee.

Analysis: After missing Wednesday's practice, Snead wrapped up the week with back-to-back limited listings on the Ravens' injury report. He'll be looking to return to action for the first time since Week 16, when he injured his ankle. Baltimore will make a ruling on Snead's availability about 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:05 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 8, 2021 1:33 PM EST


Back at practice

Snead (ankle) returned to a limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: Snead didn't practice Wednesday, so his return to a limited session Thursday boosts his chances of suiting up for Sunday's playoff opener against the Titans. However, there's a pretty solid chance he approaches that game listed as questionable, in any case.

Jan 7, 2021 1:31 PM EST



Misses Wednesday's practice

Snead (ankle) is not practicing Wednesday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Snead's ankle injury caused him to sit out against the Bengals in Week 17, but the Ravens are reportedly hopeful about his chances of returning for the wild-card round. He'll have just two more opportunities to practice prior to Sunday's contest in Tennessee.

Jan 6, 2021 11:12 AM EST


Hopeful for wild-card round

Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that he's hopeful Snead (ankle) will be available for Sunday's wild-card game against the Titans, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Snead missed the Week 17 win over the Bengals after being unable to practice all week. His next step will be to practice in some capacity when the Ravens take the field either Wednesday or Thursday. If Snead ends up missing a second straight game, Dez Bryant and rookie Devin Duvernay will pick up the slack at wide receiver.

Jan 4, 2021 11:46 AM EST


Inactive Week 17

Snead (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: The 28-year-old wasn't able to practice in any capacity all week, so it's no surprise to see him sitting out despite being listed as questionable. Dez Bryant and Devin Duvernay should see increased snaps with Snead sidelined Sunday.

Jan 3, 2021 9:01 AM EST


Takes questionable tag into Week 17

Snead (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: Snead wasn't able to practice in any capacity this week, but the Ravens evidently believe he has a 50-50 shot of suiting up in the regular-season finale. Since returning from a two-game absence Week 14 following a positive COVID-19 test, Snead hasn't made much of an impact in the Baltimore passing attack. Over his first three games back in action, Snead has drawn eight targets, turning them into five receptions for 53 yards and no touchdowns.

Jan 1, 2021 1:22 PM EST


Misses another practice

Snead (ankle) remained sidelined at practice Thursday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Back-to-back absences set the stage for Friday's practice to be pivotal with regard to Snead's status for Sunday's game against the Bengals. If he's out or limited this weekend, Dez Bryant and Devin Duvernay would be candidates for increased snaps.

Dec 31, 2020 11:01 AM EST


Misses Wednesday's practice

Snead (ankle) is not practicing Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Snead picked up an ankle injury during last weekend's win over the Giants, in which he secured both of his targets for 24 yards. If the veteran wideout is unable to suit up at Cincinnati in Week 17, Dez Bryant and Devin Duvernay would both be candidates for increased roles.

Dec 30, 2020 11:07 AM EST


Hurts ankle Sunday

Snead (ankle) caught both targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Snead only played 12 snaps, which is likely tied to the ankle injury he picked up during Sunday's win, according to Aaron Kasinitz of PennLive.com. His practice status this week should provide a better indication of whether he'll play in the season finale versus Cincinnati. Dez Bryant and Devin Duvernay could both see increased reps if Snead sits out.

Dec 29, 2020 11:41 AM EST


No catches Sunday

Snead did not catch his lone target in Sunday's win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Snead played 65 percent of the snaps but drew just one target, marking a season-low. He averaged over 4.0 targets per game prior to Sunday, so he figures to be more involved in Week 16 provided that it's not another blowout scenario the way it was in Week 15.

Dec 22, 2020 7:49 AM EST


Off COVID-19 list

The Ravens activated Snead (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Ryan Mink of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Snead tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 29 and missed the Ravens' last two games as a result, which allowed Devin Duvernay, Dez Bryant (when available) and Miles Boykin to earn more snaps. Now that Snead is back in the fold, he likely will settle back into his No. 2 WR role behind Marquise Brown when the team next takes the field Monday at Cleveland.

Dec 10, 2020 10:40 AM EST


Not activated for Tuesday's game

The Ravens don't plan to activate Snead (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Tuesday's game against the Cowboys, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Though Baltimore will get several reinforcements from the reserve/COVID-19 list Week 13, Snead is one of five players that will remain unavailable for a second straight game. According to Hensley, Snead, tight end Mark Andrews and linebacker Matt Judon are all recovering well since testing positive for COVID-19, and the Ravens are tentatively planning on having all three starters back in the lineup for a Week 14 matchup with the Browns on Dec. 14. While Snead is out for Tuesday's contest, look for Devin Duvernay and Dez Bryant to serve as the primary options alongside Marquise Brown in three-wide sets.

Dec 8, 2020 9:26 AM EST


Shifts to COVID list

The Ravens placed Snead (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Snead is one of 19 players currently on the COVID-19 list for Baltimore, alongside offensive cornerstones like Lamar Jackoson, Mark Andrews, J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram. He tested positive for COVID on Sunday and is thus ruled out for Tuesday's contest against Pittsburgh, assuming such a matchup still occurs as scheduled.

Nov 30, 2020 1:23 PM EST


Gets positive COVID-19 diagnosis

Snead tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Snead is the most recent Raven to suffer such a fate, ruling him out for Tuesday's game at Pittsburgh. Assuming that contest is played, Baltimore's receiving corps has been whittled down to Marquise Brown, Devin Duvernay, Dez Bryant, Miles Boykin and James Proche.

Nov 29, 2020 3:12 PM EST


Stays busy Sunday

Snead had three catches for 23 yards on seven targets against the Titans.

Analysis: Snead's production was pedestrian Sunday but his target volume was notable. Since the bye, Snead has had seven targets in three of four games, averaging 4.3 catches for 57.5 yards per game in that span. He is second on the team in targets behind only Mark Andrews over that period. Snead will face the Steelers on Thursday.

Nov 24, 2020 6:53 AM EST


Triples TD total in one go

Snead had five receptions (seven targets) for 64 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 23-17 loss to New England.

Analysis: Hollywood Brown was removed from the gameplan by shutdown corner J.C. Jackson, so Lamar Jackson had to turn to Snead to attack the perimeter. The traditional slot man actually grabbed both of his touchdowns working closer to the sidelines. Snead has quietly been putting up useful fantasy numbers of late, racking up 14 receptions for 207 yards and two scores over his last two contests. Those performances have come against some top-tier defenses, which may explain why Jackson has gone Snead's way as opposed to trying to take the top off those secondaries with Brown's elite speed. Another disciplined defensive unit in the Tennessee Titans is on tap in Week 11, so perhaps this trend could continue.

Nov 16, 2020 12:35 AM EST


Makes four grabs in Indy

Snead secured all four of his targets for 37 yards during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Snead had five catches for 106 yards against Pittsburgh in Week 9, but he unsurprisingly fell back down to earth in Indianapolis. The veteran slot man has only eclipsed 50 receiving yards twice this season, and he's only drawn five or more targets on once occasion. While he'll still see regular playing time at New England in Week 10, Snead should be considered a fairly low-ceiling fantasy option.

Nov 11, 2020 10:26 AM EST


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