The Baltimore Ravens have made a number of adjustments to their roster at the wide receiver position this offseason. Among those new faces on the team is former New Orleans Saints wideout Willie Snead, who inked a two-year, $10.4 million contract with the Ravens.
With this marking the first time he will be playing in another uniform aside from the Saints, Snead voiced on Tuesday that he feels that this change of scenery should bring him a “fresh start” heading into his fourth year in the league, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.
“It’s like a breath of fresh air. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I’m like, ‘I can’t believe I’m in Baltimore,’ ” Snead said after a workout Tuesday. “I have so much respect for this organization and just the opportunity to be here and possibly be an impact player, it’s a dream come true. I just think I needed a fresh start. New Orleans was great to me. They gave me the opportunity to be here right now. I’ll be always be grateful for that and what they did for me. But right now, every person that I met in this building has made me feel at home and made me feel that they’re happy that I’m here. That’s a huge feeling, a great feeling.”
His time in New Orleans looked like it was up after a significant drop off in production this past season as he recorded just eight catches for 92 receiving yards in 11 games played. Prior to that, he had hauled in at least 69 catches and 890 receiving yards in each of his first two campaigns behind his big-play ability stretching the field.
Snead will have a chance to prove that he can be a major factor in the passing game in Baltimore in a larger in the passing game alongside fellow offseason addition Michael Crabtree. The 25-year-old is a versatile receiving option that has shown the ability to stretch the field with his speed and can be a reliable option in crucial situations.
It also an opportunity to demonstrate that he can be a legitimate top receiving option for the Ravens that could become a long-term piece of the puzzle. Simply put, this could be the changeup that he needs to get his career back on track.