Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills (84) carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter agains the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
It ain’t easy being a rookie wide receiver in the New Orleans Saints offense. Quarterback Drew Brees throws the ball to anyone with hands on the field, but Kenny Stills has made a major impact on the team.
When deep threat wide receiver Joseph Morgan tore his ACL in the preseason, the Saints were counting on Stills to step up and make plays in his absence. The result is that at the end of the 2013 season, Stills leads the NFL with a whopping 20 yards per catch.
Stills finished his rookie regular season campaign with only 32 receptions, 641 receiving yards, and five touchdowns. Head Coach Payton believes what makes Stills so impressive is that he came with a hunger to know his role inside and out.
"He came in right away in the rookie camps and training camp and very quickly picked up what we were doing. He’s somebody that studies and picks the game up very quickly. He can run exceptionally well, and we just have to keep looking for ways to get him the football."
Stills is an interesting combination of size and speed because he can make challenging catches as well as Lance Moore, but can torch a defense down the seam like Robert Meachem or Joseph Morgan. The Saints will need every yard they can get as they head to Philly for an NFC Wild Card game.