How the Saints can address their receiving corps to help Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Kenny Stills

Should the Saints welcome back an old friend?

Long before Smith, this organization has loved to add a playmaker at some point of the draft, and they plucked Kenny Stills out of Oklahoma in the 5th round in 2013.

That turned out to be a massive success, as he immediately became a starter as a rookie, and in his two-year tenure for them, averaged over 50 yards per game, 11.82 yards/target, and 1572 receiving yards overall.

However, following his second season, New Orleans shipped Stills to the Dolphins for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick.

Since then, he hasn’t been able to come close to the monstrous production he had in his second season with the Saints, and over the past two seasons, fell out of favor after being traded to the Texans.

With a 16.3 average depth of target in 2018 and a career 15.6 yards/reception, Stills can still make plays as a vertical threat. He hasn’t ever been reliable in terms of catch rate (59.6%), but that is a flaw you have to live with considering the efficiency that comes with his catches.

Considering that he was cut at the midseason point last year, there probably isn’t a substantial market for him, and if that’s the case, why not bring him back to the Big Easy?

This is still a receiver that has posted over 550 receiving yards in his last four years as a starter, something no other complementary option with the Saints can do, and even if he is limited in terms of what he brings to the table, the one thing he does bring is exactly what the Saints need.