First entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Cleveland in 2014 out of Ball State, where he ranked second in club record books in receptions (223) and receiving yardage (2,991). After spending the final three weeks of 2014 on the Saints practice squad, Snead snared a roster spot in 2015 with his standout play in the preseason. He appeared in 15 games with eight starts and made 69 receptions for 984 yards (14.3 avg.) and three touchdowns.
NFL CAREER – First entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Cleveland in 2014 out of Ball State, where he ranked second in club record books in receptions (223) and receiving yardage (2,991). After spending the final three weeks of 2014 on the Saints practice squad, Snead snared a roster spot in 2015 with his standout play in the preseason. He appeared in 15 games with eight starts and made 69 receptions for 984 yards (14.3 avg.) and three touchdowns.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by the New Orleans Saints to reserve/future contract, 12/29/14; Signed by Saints to practice squad, 12/11/14; Released from Carolina Panthers practice squad, 11/6/14; Signed to Panthers practice squad, 9/23/14; Waived by Cleveland Browns, 8/30/14; Signed by Browns as undrafted free agent, 5/12/14.
2015 – Appeared in 15 games with eight starts. Snead earned a spot on the initial 53-man roster out of the preseason, making an immediate impact for New Orleans. In fact, after posting his first career reception of 63 yards on Sept. 13 at Arizona, Snead never took his foot off of the pedal, hauling in 69 passes for 984 yards and three touchdowns. Both his receptions and receiving yardage totals were the second-most among those making their NFL playing debuts in 2015. Also ranked 13th in the NFL in third down receptions with 25…Posted first career reception, the 63-yard catch in opener at Arizona, Sept. 13… Caught four passes for 44 yards, including his first career touchdown, a 16-yard grab from Drew Brees in the fourth quarter vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 20…Finished with 89 yards on six receptions vs. Dallas, Oct. 4… Made his first career start at Philadelphia, Oct. 11, and recorded first career game of 100 receiving yards or more, finishing with 141 yards on six receptions, with a long of 59 yards…Played on both offense and special teams and made four receptions for 55 yards (13.8 avg.) vs. Atlanta, Oct. 15…Started at Indianapolis, Oct. 25 and caught three passes for 25 yards…Started and saw action on special teams vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 1, and posted 70 yards on six receptions and added a career-best two touchdown grabs. Recovered RB/RS Marcus Murphy’s fumble on final kickoff return of contest that set up game-winning field goal…Started and caught team-high six passes to tie career-high for team-high 95 yards vs. Tennessee, Nov. 8…Started at Houston, Nov. 29 and finished with 50 yards on four receptions…Inactive for his only game vs. Carolina, Dec. 6 (calf)…Caught career-high seven passes for 122 yards at Tampa Bay, Dec. 13…Started vs. Detroit, Dec. 21 and posted a career-high 10 catches for 76 yards…Started and caught four passes for 75 yards vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 27…Started the team’s season finale at Atlanta, 1/3/16 and finished with three receptions for 35 yards.
COLLEGE – Ranked second in Ball State career annals for receptions (223) and receiving yardage (2,991). Left school ranked first in record with 13 career 100-yard receiving games, and one of only two players in program history with two 1,000-yard receiving seasons…As junior, started 13 games and totaled 106 receptions for 1,516 yards and 15 touchdowns, all single-season school records. Receiving yardage and catch totals on season ranked third in nation, while his 116.6 receiving yards per game ranked fourth. Named All-MAC first-team…As a sophomore, appeared in 13 games with 12 starts, finishing with 1,148 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 89 catches. Tied for first in nation with 58 plays of 10 yards or more…As a freshman, started four of his 11 games played, catching 28 passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns.
PERSONAL – Attended Muskegon Heights (Mich.) HS for his last three years, where he also played basketball…A four-year letterman for Willie Snead III, his father and head coach…Received All-State accolades as junior and senior…Contributed to four district championships, three regional titles and one Michigan state championship, playing under his father at Holland (Mich.) Christian HS as a freshman…Named Michigan Player of the Year as senior, after totaling 2,500 passing yards, 10 passing TDs, 1,320 rushing yards and 13 rushing TDs…Finished high school career with 4,000 passing yards and 40 TD passes, supplemented by 2,500 rushing yards and 29 rushing TDs…Given name is Willie Lee Snead IV…Born in Winter Park, Fla and lists Belle Glade, Fla. as hometown…Nickname growing up was “Willie Beaman” because he played quarterback from start of football career through high school…Father played football at the University of Florida, was drafted by the New York Jets in 1989 and also played for the Houston Oilers…He’s a longtime high school and college football coach who is currently head coach at Pope John Paul II (Boca Raton, Fla.) HS…Worked as counselor at Manning Passing Academy in 2013.
Watch the top highlights from wide receiver Willie Snead during the 2016 regular season (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead brings in a 35-yard gain.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead pulls in toe-dragging 6-yard reception.
Willie Snead discusses Saints offensive goals for the upcoming game in Arizona on December 16, 2016.