On a conference call, Sean Payton said they’re going to see how Willie Snead handles this week of work. Then see how much they can use him Sunday.
Snead entered the league as an undrafted free agent signed by the Browns in 2014. He was cut late in camp, tried out for the Giants and made the Panthers’ practice squad before finally landing on the Saints’ practice squad in December of 2014. The following season, he drew 101 targets, catching 69 passes for 984 yards and three touchdowns. He followed that up with 72-895-4 on 104 targets in 2015, finishing as a low-end WR3 in both seasons while playing 15 games each year. He’s a great route-runner, and should benefit from the departure of Brandin Cooks, who leaves 117 targets up for grabs. Snead has played at least 70 percent of the snaps in 17 games over the past two seasons and has caught 5.8 of 8.2 targets for an average of 77 yards and 0.24 touchdowns per game. Had he played at that rate last year, he would have finished as the No. 14 receiver in standard leagues and as the No. 12 receiver in PPR formats. He was primed for a sizable role prior to the suspension, and Brandon Coleman has played well in his place. He has some work to do to get back to fantasy WR3 status.