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01 Sep 2017

Willie Snead Suspended Three Games

Saints receiver Willie Snead has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse. Snead was charged with DUI during the offseason and initially suspended four games, but the suspension was reduced to three games on appeal.

The Saints' incarnation of the mandatory undrafted slot receiver, Snead's past two seasons with Drew Brees have been highly productive -- over 100 targets in each, for over 380 total DYAR. He was expected to assume a greater role with Brandin Cooks now in New England; instead, he will be on the sidelines throughout September. Brandon Coleman and Tommylee Lewis are the most likely candidates to take over Snead's snaps at receiver, but Sean Payton's offense has a history of using halfbacks in the slot -- which could mean good news for rookie Alvin Kamara.

Posted by: Andrew Potter on 01 Sep 2017

2 comments, Last at 03 Sep 2017, 3:37pm by Boots Day


by Dan :: Fri, 09/01/2017 - 9:55pm

That probably explains why Ginn has been playing ahead of him (to prepare the offense for weeks 1-3), and why Snead played into the 4th quarter in their second preseason game (to get some time on the field now, since he'll be out the next few weeks).

My guess is that, come week 4, Snead will step into the bigger role that we thought he'd have. Some other folks like Ginn might benefit weeks 1-3, but that's it.

by Boots Day :: Sun, 09/03/2017 - 3:37pm

The Saints have claimed mandatory undrafted slot receiver Austin Carr, who was one of the Patriots' final cuts. Carr was the leading receiver in the Big Ten last year on an otherwise underwhelming pass attack for Northwestern, and played well in the Pats' preseason games. He looked like the next entry in the Edelman/Amendola/Chris Hogan line, so I was surprised that Belichick let him go.