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Countdown to Week 1: No. 83, WR Willie Snead IV

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The first wide receiver on the countdown

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in the countdown, we’ve landed on a wide receiver. Day 83: WR Willie Snead IV.

How Snead Became a Raven

In 2018, the Ravens went on the look for a solid wide receiver to join the fold and landed upon none other than the former New Orleans Saint.

Career as a Raven

Over the past two years, Snead has became a solid contributor for Baltimore. Over 60% of his receptions have moved the chains and not all of them have come easy. Some of the receptions have drawn the apt-comparison to Anquan Boldin during his Ravens’ years.

Last season, his stats as a receiver dropped due to the Ravens’ change of offensive attack, but his touchdowns surged from one in 2018 to five in 2019.

Willie Snead career stats

Player Games Played Receptions Yards YPG TD First Downs
Player Games Played Receptions Yards YPG TD First Downs
Willie Snead IV 73 242 2961 40.6 13 158

Ravens highlights

Contract info

On October 28, 2019, Snead signed a one-year/$6 million extension, keeping him in Baltimore through the 2020 season. Fans were ecstatic as he earned the payday and lowered his cap hit for the 2019 season. Many wondered if this opened up yet another trade for the 2019 season after Baltimore landed a trade for Pro Bowl CB Marcus Peters two weeks prior to the extension.

Outlook for 2020

The attention-getter in the receiver room may be Marquise Brown in 2020 but Snead will command his fair share of targets moving forward. After Lamar Jackson threw for over 3,100 yards and 36 touchdown passes in 2019, and the Ravens working to incorporate more passing in 2020, Snead will be looking to move the chains all over the field. He played both outside and slot receiver and with the Ravens’ love of finding mismatches, I expect an increased workload for the veteran.