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Saints WR Kenny Stills Eager to Play Sunday vs. Browns

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Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates a touchdown pass with wide receiver Kenny Stills (84) against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cowboys 49-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a slow start to 2014 for New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills.  Injuries left him limited for most of training camp, and after re-aggravating a quad muscle during the preseason contest versus the Indianapolis Colts, he was forced to miss the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Stills remained limited this week, but said Thursday that he’s not holding back at practice and feels ready to go.  He also mentioned that he felt he could have performed last Sunday in the Georgia Dome.

This weekend, the Saints remain on the road to face the Cleveland Browns, whose secondary should not be underestimated the least bit.  With shutdown specimen Joe Haden and rookie Justin Gilbert, who also has the potential to eventually be a top defensive back, that unit can certainly do some damage.

While Buster Skrine will likely get the starting nod over Gilbert, we should still see plenty of the first-round pick, however, fellow rookie Pierre Desir, who the Black and Gold passed on to snag up Stanley Jean-Baptiste, remains questionable.

Let’s not forget about the Browns’ offseason addition of Donte Whitner — the hard-hitting strong safety has emerged as one of the league’s best.  Of course, with Drew Brees piloting the Saints’ offense, Cleveland will have their work cut out for them, but should still not be overlooked.

Having Stills on the field Sunday could really make a difference though.  The speed and versatility he brings make that high-powered offense much more dangerous.  We’ve yet to see him play alongside fellow speedsters Brandin Cooks and Joe Morgan, so that is something to look forward to.

Will Kenny Stills be ready to go on Sunday, or will Sean Payton keep him sidelined one more week?  The second-year wideout certainly thinks he is, so let’s all hope he takes the field to add another spark to the offense when the New Orleans Saints take on the Cleveland Browns Sunday at noon.

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