Snead (head) should stay busy on short routes in the absence of Brandin Cooks, who was traded to the Patriots on Friday, the New Orleans Advocate reports. The Saints signed Ted Ginn to replace Brandin Cooks as a deep threat, but Ginn is unlikely to approach the 117 targets Cooks had last season. Though known for his big-play ability, Cooks also handled a lot of screens and short crossing routes in the New Orleans offense, competing with Snead for Drew Brees' attention. Most of the focus will be on how Michael Thomas and Ginn can make up for Cooks' absence, but Snead might end up benefiting just as much. The 24-year-old is an exclusive rights free agent, which means he can be retained for just $615,000 for the 2017 season. Snead hopes to sign a long-term agreement prior to Week 1.
The Saints are expected to tender Snead (concussion), an exclusive rights free agent, in the near future, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Because Snead has accrued just two full seasons, the Saints have all the bargaining power, as the wideout can be kept around at $615,000 for the 2017 campaign. There is a belief from Snead's camp that a long-term deal could come to pass in the coming weeks or months, but at the very least he'll have a roster spot in hand once he's offered the aforementioned tender. Despite missing one game apiece in both of his two years with the team, he's hauled in 141 of 205 passes (68.8 percent catch rate) for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns during that stretch.
Snead left Sunday's game in Atlanta in order to be evaluated for a concussion, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Snead took a massive hit in the middle of the fourth quarter and was quickly shuttled to the locker. Although the offseason is right around the corner for the Saints, entering the concussion protocol would be an unwelcome outcome. In any case, Snead's health should be clarified by the Saints in due time.
Snead gathered in two of five targets for 21 yards in Saturday's 31-24 win over the Bucs. Snead was a distant third behind Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas in terms of wide receiver options for Drew Brees, a disappointing outcome after the second-year speedster had notched 14 receptions on 19 targets over the previous two games. The Ball State product nevertheless equaled his 2015 rookie season reception total (69) with Saturday's production, and has a new personal best in touchdowns (four) in 2016 as well.
Snead caught 8-of-11 targets for 76 yards in Sunday's win against the Cardinals. That's now back-to-back productive weeks for the Saints' No. 3 receiver, but Snead should have had an even bigger day, as an apparent touchdown catch was ruled eventually incomplete, even though Snead held possession of the ball on his back for several seconds before an Arizona defender knocked it from his grasp. The call, however, was upheld on review, and the Saints would settle for a field goal two plays later. Still, Snead has come alive of late and while he will remain a risky play due to the spread-the-wealth nature of the Saints offense, he has plenty of upside in Week 16 at home against Tampa Bay.
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