Although the New Orleans Saints offense got off to a slower-than-hoped-for start against the Buffalo Bills Sunday in the Superdome, they would eventually finish strong and improve to 6-1 with a 35-17 victory. Quarterback Drew Brees was just about perfect, throwing for 322 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also connected with 10 different receivers as the Saints went marching on to hold on to one of the best records in the NFL.
Brees ended up throwing two touchdowns passes to tight end Jimmy Graham and rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills, as well as a single touchdown to Lance Moore—welcome back Lance, by the way.
Graham was used sparingly as he is still recovering from a foot injury suffered in the loss to the New England Patriots, and it was nice to see Moore get back into the rotation with a first quarter touchdown after suffering a hand injury in the Week 3 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. What was even better to see, however, was New Orleans seemed to have finally figured out what to do with Stills.
Throw him the ball.
Oh, and maybe let him run it once.
Stills has been a bit of a curiosity since the preseason and early on in the regular season. He was seldom used, but it was easy to see why the Saints drafted him. He has great speed, good hands, separation ability and can put himself in good positions to come down with the ball. We really got to see an example of this in the loss to the Patriots, when his speed helped him to separate from New England defenders and then he used great form and technique to come down with the ball in what should have been the game winning touchdown.
After that loss I was hoping New Orleans would utilize the rookie more often, and it was even the subject of one of my articles last week. Not that the Saints listen to me, nor should they, but I was happy to see Brees had confidence in the young rookie when other targets like Graham and Marques Colston were otherwise neutralized, leaving Stills alone in one-on-one coverage.
Stills eventually finished the day with three catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He even gained four yards on what appeared to be a designed run play.
Saints fans should expect to see more of Stills as the season continues, as head coach Sean Payton is too smart of a coach to NOT use him.