Kenny Stills reunion with NOLA Saints didn’t go according to plan

Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The NOLA Saints waived Kenny Stills on Tuesday afternoon, putting an end (well, for now at least) to his reunion with the organization. The team drafted him in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft and Stills played well but was traded to the Dolphins following the 2014 season. He also played for the Texans.

Stills went unsigned ahead of the 2021 season and when the Saints became desperate enough for a wide receiver, they brought him back and hoped to mend any damaged fences from when he was shipped off six years ago.

Well, things didn’t go according to plan, unfortunately.

NOLA Saints have waived Kenny Stills

Stills appeared in 10 games this season and made four starts. He totaled just five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown and just wasn’t the guy the team was hoping he’d be when they brought him back for a second stint.

Stills showed some promise earlier in the season and should have had a long touchdown reception from Jameis Winston but it was wiped out due to a holding call on Adam Trautman. This past week, he should have caught a pass from Taysom Hill that would have set the Saints offense up in the red zone, but he bobbled the pass and it went into a Cowboys defender’s hands instead. Not ideal.

No one expected Stills to waltz into this offense and make them a scary unit but five catches for 64 yards is disappointing, to say the least. The team gave Stills another chance though but quarterback issues, drops, and bad luck got in the way of the former Sooner trying to prove he still has what it takes to be a premier wideout in the league.

Sean Payton wasn’t happy with Stills for the interception last week and Katherine Terrell of The Athletic mentioned this after Thursday night’s presser. She reiterated it after hearing the news of Stills hitting the waiver wire.

Perhaps Stills clears waivers and ends up back in the Big Easy but for now, he’s headed to the waivers where any other team can scoop him up.

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It didn’t work out for Kenny Stills with the Saints but you can’t blame the team for trying to give him a shot.