By: Eric Cain / @_Cainer
NEW ORLEANS— A former Carson-Newman All-American on the running surface has made his way back into an NFL camp.
Kevin Snead wrapped up a mini-camp tryout with the New Orleans Saints last week and is expected to be a full-participant in the organization’s training camp in August.
Once a dual-sport athlete in the Orange & Blue, the Richmond, Va. native is trying to make the most of his speed in what will now be his second go-around at the professional level.
“Oh man, it was great. I had the opportunity to get out there and run around again,” Snead said. “I’ve been out for about nine or 10 months because of a torn hamstring. It was a great opportunity and I think I did very well. I just thank the Saints organization for bringing me in giving me a chance.”
After going undrafted in April of 2017, Snead signed on with the New York Giants in May. The former track star took part in rookie mini-camp and training camp throughout the summer months before tearing his hamstring that resulted in being placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list.
Five days following the injury, Snead was taken off IR and released by the Giants – becoming a free agent once again.
“It was tough when I first got hurt because I didn’t really know about the process and what would come next,” Snead admitted. “I actually had a workout with the Chicago Bears, but I wasn’t fully recovered, so it didn’t go that well. I was just trying to keep my mind focused while being there for my family.”
After months of rehabilitation and constant training, Snead once again received the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of franchise personnel. Before that, however, the specialist linked up with former NFL running back Tim Hightower – who is attempting a comeback – for guidance and a running mate.
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“I thank God for him – what a great guy. We work out almost every day together and his story alone is motivation,” Snead said. “He is a hard worker and I definitely think he will get another opportunity. He had a great mini camp and made a lot of plays. That door is still open for him.”
The door is quite possibly open for the former Eagle as well. According to Snead, he will be invited back for training camp with the Saints. From there, the goal is to survive the wave of preseason cuts and to ultimately end up on a 53-man roster around the league.
“When I’m out there, I’m just thinking about making the Saints roster because that is where I am right now, but I’m aware that the other 31 teams may be watching,” Snead said. “Anytime I step out there, I want to go full-speed and showcase my abilities. I just look forward to getting back out there under the lights in preseason and having a great performance.”
While at Carson-Newman, Snead broke school records in the 60-meter (6.73 seconds), 100-meter (10.21 seconds) and 200-meter (20.75 seconds) dashes with four All-American plaques to go with them.
Dubbed the ‘Fastest Man in College Football” by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in 2016, the wide out reeled in five career-receptions for 151 yards a touchdown. The speedster also returned 17 kickoffs for 419 yards with another touchdown.
Hear the full interview with Kevin Snead below.