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Kenny Stills

New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #10
New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #10
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Kenny Stills News

Goes back to practice squad

Stills reverted to the Saints' practice squad Monday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: In his second stint with the Saints, Stills earned the second-most offensive snaps (29 of 62, 47 percent) among the team's wide receivers, playing behind Marquez Callaway (38) and ahead of Deonte Harris (19), Chris Hogan (16), Ty Montgomery (13) and Lil'Jordan Humphrey (inactive). Considering his usage, Stills likely will be elevated again ahead of Sunday's game against the Giants.

Sep 27, 2021 5:42 PM EST


Three targets in 2021 debut

Stills caught one of three targets for 17 yards during Sunday's 28-13 win over New England.

Analysis: In his first game with New Orleans since 2014, Stills (47 percent) finished second among Saints receivers in snaps behind only Marquez Callaway (61). While it may be a challenge to overtake Callaway for the top spot on the depth chart, it seems as if Stills may already be ahead of Deonte Harris, Chris Hogan and Ty Montgomery. The 29-year-old deep threat will look to build on this outing in Week 4 against an underwhelming Giants defense.

Sep 27, 2021 10:46 AM EST



Back on New Orleans' active roster

Stills was elevated from the practice squad Saturday.

Analysis: Stills officially returns to the team that drafted him back in 2013. Woefully hurting at wide receiver, the Saints are hoping they can turn back the clock on Stills' career. Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football expects the veteran wideout to be a big factor in Sunday's gameplan, although it remains to be seen to what extent that might be. Expect Stills to trail nominal starters Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris in snaps at the very least

Sep 25, 2021 1:59 PM EST


Back to practice squad

Stills reverted to the Bills' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Stills was inactive for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs. He appeared in 10 games with the Texans during the regular season, catching 11 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown on 19 targets.

Jan 25, 2021 10:04 PM EST


Inactive for Sunday's game

Stills (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Stills was elevated from the practice squad Saturday, but he won't make his Bills debut. The 28-year-old receiver posted an 11-144-1 line over 10 games with the Texans before being cut in November.

Jan 24, 2021 2:23 PM EST



Bumps to active roster

The Bills elevated Stills from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday.

Analysis: The Texans cut Stills loose in late November after his role dried up in the offense. Prior to the move, he hauled in 11 of 19 targets for 144 yards and one touchdown. Buffalo's receiving corps is banged up at the moment, with Stefon Diggs (oblique) and Cole Beasley (knee) hindered in practice this week and Gabriel Davis (ankle) questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game at Kansas City. A decision on Stills this weekend may be contingent on the availability of Davis.

Jan 23, 2021 1:18 PM EST


Joins Buffalo's practice squad

The Bills signed Stills to the practice squad Monday.

Analysis: Stills will provide the Bills with valuable emergency veteran depth at the wideout position behind Stefon Diggs, John Brown, Cole Beasley (knee) and Gabriel Davis. The 28-year-old appeared in 10 regular-season games with the Texans earlier this year, in which span he secured 11 of 19 targets for 144 yards and a touchdown.

Jan 4, 2021 9:04 AM EST


Could join Bills

Stills is slated to visit the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Schefter notes that the wideout would need to pass through medical protocols before signing, but there's "optimism the deal gets done." If so, Stills would give the Bills valuable depth and experience behind Stefon Diggs, John Brown (ankle) and Cole Beasley for the their upcoming playoff run.

Dec 30, 2020 10:31 AM EST


Release decision mutual

The Texans' decision to release Stills was a mutual one, because his role was reduced from last season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Stills went unclaimed off waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent, while circumstances for the Texans changed since he was released last week. Wide receiver Will Fuller tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and was suspended for six games, which creates an opportunity for Stills. At this point, the Texans will rely on Keke Coutee, Isaiah Coulter and possibly practice squad member Steven Mitchell as fill-ins for Fuller.

Dec 1, 2020 4:48 AM EST


Clears waivers

Stills (quadriceps) went unclaimed on waivers Monday and is now a free agent, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Texans waived Stills after he missed his first game of the season (last Thursday versus Detroit) due to a hamstring injury, and no organization made the move to claim him and take on the remainder of his contract. As such, Stills will now officially enter free agency, making the veteran speedster free to seek out a new contract with a team of his choosing.

Nov 30, 2020 1:58 PM EST


Cut loose by Texans

The Texans waived Stills (quadriceps) on Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Stills will be subject to waivers as he seeks to latch on with another team. He missed his first game of the season Thursday at Detroit due to a quad injury, so his health may come into play before he's eligible (and able) to suit up again. On the season, Stills has managed just 11 catches (on 19 targets) for 144 yards and one touchdown in 10 contests.

Nov 27, 2020 11:41 AM EST


Ruled out for Week 12

Stills (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Thursday's contest against the Lions.

Analysis: Stills will not travel with the team to Detroit due to a hamstring injury sustained during this past Sunday's win over the Patriots. With Randall Cobb (toe) also ruled out to play Thanksgiving Day, Keke Coutee stands to see a sharp bump in playing time as the No. 3 receiver behind Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks. Stills received encouraging results from his MRI on Sunday, so it appears as though he has a fair shot at retaking the field Week 13 versus the Colts.

Nov 25, 2020 9:26 AM EST


Limited Tuesday

Stills (quadriceps) was a limited participant at Tuesday's practice, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Stills opens the short week as questionable for Thanksgiving Day against the Lions. He hasn't played more than 28 snaps in any one game this season, but could get a bump in playing time with Randall Cobb (toe) ruled out Thursday. The caveat being that Stills is an outside-the-numbers receiver while Cobb operates in the slot, a spot more favorable to Keke Coutee.

Nov 24, 2020 11:25 PM EST


Limited on estimated report

Stills (quadriceps) was listed as limited on Monday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Stills left this past Sunday's win against the Patriots with what was termed a leg injury at the time. The issue was redefined as a quad concern, with an MRI expected to happen Monday. While the results haven't been released, the fact Stills took part in Monday's walk-through generally is a good sign for the wide receiver. In the end, though, his status should be monitored as the week goes on a to get a sense of his availability for Thursday's game in Detroit.

Nov 23, 2020 4:57 PM EST


Encouraging MRI results

Stills (quadriceps) hasn't been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Lions after getting the results of Sunday's MRI back, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Stills got more promising news than fellow injured receiver Randall Cobb (toe), who is expected to miss Thursday's game. Keke Coutee should be the preliminary beneficiary of Cobb's absence in the slot, while Stills will likely continue to play a part-time role as the No. 4 wide receiver if he's able to dress in Detroit.

Nov 22, 2020 5:28 PM EST


MRI on tap

Stills (leg) is set to receive an MRI after having been forced out of Sunday's 27-20 win over the Patriots, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Stills wasn't targeted before leaving Sunday's win due to a leg injury, and he's now set to undergo and MRI to determine the severity of the issue. Randall Cobb (foot) will also get an MRI after having been forced out Week 11.

Nov 22, 2020 3:52 PM EST


Won't return to Sunday's game

Stills suffered a leg injury and won't return to Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Randall Cobb (foot) is also done for the day, leaving Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks and Keke Coutee as the only remaining wide receivers for Houston. Stills will need to recover on a short week ahead of a Week 12 Thursday game against the Lions.

Nov 22, 2020 11:48 AM EST


Suits up Sunday

Stills (back) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb also in the Texans' wide receiver mix, volume is an issue for Stills these days, a context that makes him a hit-or-miss fantasy option until or unless more snaps open up for him.

Nov 22, 2020 8:45 AM EST


On track to play Sunday

Stills (back) is expected to play Sunday against the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Assuming that's the case, he remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option, given that Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb are also in the Texans' wide receiver mix and seeing more volume in the team's passing game.

Nov 22, 2020 5:02 AM EST


Questionable for Sunday

Stills (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Stills has played in every game this year, but he's yet to see more than four targets and 28 snaps in a single contest, and his workloads have been especially light in recent weeks. Keke Coutee or Isaiah Coulter will fill in as the Texans' fourth wide receiver if Stills doesn't end up playing.

Nov 20, 2020 2:52 PM EST


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