Ravens activate veteran WR Willie Snead from Reserve/COVID-19 List
The Baltimore Ravens got a key cog in both the running and passing game back on Thursday ahead of a crucial matchup with the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football in Week 14 by activating veteran wide receiver Willie Snead from the Reserve/COVID-19 List.
Snead was placed on the list on Nov. 30 and despite missing the past two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys, he is still third on the team in receptions (28), receiving yards (379), and touchdowns (three).
Prior to contacting COVID, the seven-year veteran had been the offense’s most consistent and productive wideout coming off the bye week with 17 catches for 230 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 25 targets in the month of November.
In addition to his ability as a reliable possession receiver who knows where the sticks are at all times and runs through tackles with authority, Snead is an incredible blocker in the run game, helps set the tone on offense with his physicality, and is one of the foremost leaders in the locker room.
The Ravens now have just two players left on the reserve list with rookie safety Geno Stone and injured slot cornerback Terrell Bonds.
Baltimore activated Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews from the COVID-19 list on Wednesday and now that Snead is eligible to return to practice and play in this week’s game as well, reigning league MVP and starting quarterback, Lamar Jackson, will have his most trusted security blankets in the passing game available for a big game with massive playoff implications.
Against the Browns in the season opener, Snead hauled in all four of the passes thrown his way for 64 yards receiving and his first touchdown of the year.
In other COVID related news pertaining to another veteran receiver on the roster, Dez Bryant has officially been placed on the reserve list after an inconclusive and positive rapid test on game day robbed him of the opportunity to stick it to his former team in the Ravens 34-17 rout of the Cowboys on Tuesday.
Bryant tweeted via his official account that he produced negative results on back to back tests on Thursday morning and that he’s “not excited about it” because he still has to go into the mandatory 10-day quarantine and will miss the team’s Monday night showdown with the Browns.
In three games this season, Bryant has recorded just four catches for 28 yards, all of which came in Baltimore’s Week 11 loss to the Tennessee Titans.