The report said Stills looks like he’s ready to keep rising after a breakout rookie year when he had 32 catches for 641 yards and five touchdowns. Coach Sean Payton said after re-watching the film from last season, the Saints felt they needed to get Stills some more opportunities this year.
He is expected to compete with rookie Brandin Cooks for a starting role opposite Marques Colston.
"You know, in college, your second year they expect you to have a sophomore slump,” Stills told the website. "So that’s kind of the mentality I took to this offseason, making sure like in college you don’t have a sophomore slump. And just continuing to build and get better.
"I gained a few pounds, and my head’s been in this playbook. And I’m so focused just on football and enjoying myself and having fun. So I can’t wait for us to get going."
The Saints drafted blazing-fast receiver Brandin Cooks in the first round, which limits Stills' chance of a monster season. Cooks' presence, however, will free up Stills to run more short and intermediate routes, the report said.
Speaking at a charity softball game Wednesday,
"There's definitely more that I can do," Stills said on the official team website when asked if there was more he could contribute this season. "I'm learning as much as I can and wherever they put me I'm going to be prepared to make plays."
He will now become the third receiver for the Saints behind
We'll find out how the Saints plan to use Cooks, who has elite speed but is on the smallish side at 5-foot-10, 189 pounds. Think Tavon Austin of the Rams, but hope for DeSean Jackson at his best with the Eagles. And Cooks should fly on the turf at the Superdome.
I would only draft Cooks with a late-round flier in seasonal Fantasy leagues, but he's a late first round or early second-round pick in rookie-only formats. If the Saints use him the right way -- unlike how the Rams used Austin last year -- then he could be a sleeper in 2014.
As for Stills, don't panic with this move. He still has the chance for a breakout season as the starter opposite Colston. And
Stills' production was inconsistent, the paper notes, but he still caught 32 passes for 641 yards and five touchdowns. His role should increase in 2014 with the Saints possibly parting ways with veteran Lance Moore.
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|P3||8/23/14||@ IND||8:00 pm|
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|2||9/14/14||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
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