Willie Snead ready to prove his worth

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead (83) catches a pass during the NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 24, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire)
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead is ready to prove himself again after missing the first five weeks of the 2017-18 regular season due to a suspension, a hamstring injury and a bye week, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.

“Right now, they’re throwing me back in there slowly,” said Snead. “And I think once this week goes by and I’m able to handle what they’re giving me, I think my role will grow more and more every week.”

Snead was suspended for the first three weeks of the season due to an offseason DUI arrest. Then, when he was preparing to return for Week 4, Snead injured his hamstring, causing his absence to last even longer. The Saints had a bye week this past week, so Snead has to wait even more to make his 2017-18 debut.

Still, the up-and-coming wide out is confident that he will be able to regain his form from the preceding two seasons.

“I think once the weeks go by, I’ll be back to where I was before. … I just think I’ve got to work a little bit harder. I’ve got to prove my worth, and once those opportunities come I have to take advantage. I feel like I do have something to prove right now to not only myself but to my teammates, the coaches, the Who-Dat fans, that I’ve been in a bad place but right now I’m past that. I’m ready to move on and help this team.”

Last year, Snead caught 72 passes for 895 yards and four touchdowns.

“I’m going to be totally excited,” Snead said of his upcoming debut against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. “My [25th] birthday is two days after that, so it’s going to be kind of like a homecoming for me. Family’s going to be out there. Playing in the [Superdome] after a big win on the road is going to be something great. So I’m ready to go. I will be ready for sure. My mind’s going to be right, and I’m definitely going to bring the energy.”

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