|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 194 lb.|
|Born:||April 22, 1992|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 5 (144)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stills (back) returned to a limited practice Thursday.
Analysis: Friday's final injury report of the week should reveal whether Stills approaches Sunday's game against the Patriots listed as questionable or free from a Week 11 injury designation. With Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb also in the Texans' wide receiver mix, volume has been an issue for Stills of late, which makes him a hit-or-miss fantasy option until or unless more snaps open up for him.
Stills (back) didn't practice Wednesday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN NFL Nation reports.
Analysis: This is a new injury for Stills, who hasn't broken 40 yards in a game this season. Houston's No. 4 wide receiver is on pace for the least productive campaign of his eight-year career, but he'll hope to heal up in time to face the Patriots on Sunday and try to turn his season around.
Stills caught his lone target for six yards in Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Stills has just four catches over the last five games, as he is clearly behind Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb on the depth chart. He has yet to play more than 50 percent of the offensive snaps in any game this season.
Stills was not targeted on 15 offensive snaps during Sunday's 27-25 win against Jacksonville.
Analysis: Despite Will Fuller having been shopped prior to the Nov. 3 trade deadline, Houston ultimately did not move any assets away from its deep wide receiver corps. This development certainly does not bode well for Stills' fantasy value going forward, as the 28-year-old has gone untargeted over two of his past three appearances. Stills enjoyed a brief stretch Week 3 and 4 if which he racked up five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown, but otherwise he has had just one outing above 16 receiving yards all season.
Stills caught two of four targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: Stills was held under 50 yards for the seventh time in seven games and has scored just once this season. He played 22 snaps, 32 percent of the offensive snaps, which is right at this season average. As long as others stay healthy, there's little hope for Stills to make a fantasy impact from week to week. With Houston's 1-6 record, Stills could be moved at the Nov. 3 trade deadline, which could give him fantasy relevance on a new team.
Stills caught his lone target for 14 yards in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Stills was coming off his most productive game and had eight targets over the previous two games. That uptick in production, coupled with the organization parting ways with head coach/general manager Bill O'Brien, left roles uncertain heading into Week 5. However, not much changed for Stills, who remained fourth on the depth chart. He played just 28 percent of the snaps, the second lowest in five games.
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