New Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead is making himself at home in Baltimore after just a few months. Snead has expressed a lot of good vibes since becoming a Raven; during both OTAs and mini-camp he stood out on the practice field, showing good chemistry with quarterback Joe Flacco. Many are excited with the possibility of Snead becoming the ‘move-the-chains’ target with the Ravens, just as before when he was the target for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
Speaking of his tenure with the Saints, last year was a rocky one for Snead. After posting 141 receptions, 1,879 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns as a Saint from 2015-2016, including being 18th among NFL wide receivers with a 69.2% catch rate, Snead spent the majority of 2017 on a reduced role thanks to suspension and a hamstring injury. Snead was suspended for crashing into a parked car and failing a breathalyzer test.
Snead left New Orleans for Baltimore this offseason as a restricted free agent. The Ravens extended a two-year deal worth up to $10.4 million. The Saints did not match the offer. Snead is happy to be at a new home and he expressed that sentiment recently.
“It’s a team that’s ready to win and take it to the next level,” Snead said to Christopher Dabe of The Times-Picayune, when Willie was back in New Orleans as a counselor for the Manning passing academy. “I’m excited for the opportunity.”
Snead looks to be the guy over-the-middle for Flacco to extend drives in 2018, which is something Baltimore struggled with last year due to injuries affecting both Dennis Pitta and Michael Campanaro.