Against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1, it was obvious that the New Orleans Saints had found a new toy for their quarterback. In his rookie campaign, Kenny Stills had shortage of big plays despite a limited number of opportunities. After this offseason, a few holes have opened up, and Stills will be expected come up big in 2014.
Stills certainly has the tools to be a first-class weapon for Drew Brees. During the combine he ran a 4.38 second 40-yard dash and has the hands and flexibility that coaches and quarterbacks dream about. Perhaps Stills’ most valuable tool is his uncanny ability to get open, despite the talent and scheme of those in coverage. After losing so many threats and with Marques Colston coming off a slumping season, Brees is going to need another consistent target.
This won’t be an overwhelming season from Stills. There are still so many guys in the receiving corps to demand attention. Jimmy Graham and Colston will still get the majority of Brees’ targets and rookie Brandin Cooks will also have plenty of opportunities, but Stills will be a game-changer for the offense. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get three or four receptions a game and, with his talent, that could be enough to put together a solid sophomore season.
The biggest threat to Stills is himself. In college he’s had some off-the-field issues, including a DUI, and it could carry over to his professional career. But if he’s willing to give up the party life, Stills has everything it takes to succeed.