The New Orleans Saints had some late-night news that emerged during the Monday night thriller between the Raiders and Ravens. The news was that they agreed to terms with Kenny Stills, who played in New Orleans in 2013 and 2014 after the team took him in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma.
Mike Garafolo tweeted the news late Monday night, informing everyone that Stills was signing with the NOLA practice squad after working out with the team on Monday. He might be on the practice squad for now but no one would be surprised to see him find his way onto the active roster, maybe even by Sunday.
A reunion between Stills and the Saints was something Who Dat Dish discussed frequently leading up to the season because he was one of the best receivers still available in free agency. Sure, he had his issues in New Orleans when he was last here seven years ago but a lot can change during that time. Stills is 29 years old now and hopefully has done some maturing.
What does the Saints’ WR depth chart look like now with Kenny Stills onboard?
Here are all of the receivers listed on the active roster at this time:
- Marquez Callaway
- Deonte Harris
- Chris Hogan
- Lil’Jordan Humphrey
- Ty Montgomery
- Tre’Quan Smith (IR)
- Michael Thomas (PUP)
With Smith landing on the IR shortly before the season began, it made sense for New Orleans to find another receiver to pair with Callaway until Thomas is able to return. Harris looked the part of a starting wide receiver with his 55-yard touchdown reception from Jameis Winston on Sunday but this team needs more than just two receivers.
During the season opener, we saw Harris and Hogan find the end zone for the wide receivers but other than that, it wasn’t a big game for the group.
Stills wasn’t effective last year with the Texans despite playing in 10 games, totaling just 144 yards and a touchdown off of 11 receptions. The season prior, also with Houston, saw Stills grab 40 balls for 561 yards and four touchdowns. If he can give the Saints that kind of production, fans would be ecstatic, to say the least.
This might not be a move that excites all of Who Dat Nation but Stills is still very much capable of serving as a WR2 in an offense. Maybe he doesn’t do much during his reunion with his old team and if that’s the case, at least the team made an attempt to get better at a position of weakness. This is the worst-case scenario with the best-case scenario being that Stills balls out and gives NOLA a threat at the receiver position.