"The players know their body the best. They are the guys out there, so we're utilizing him as often as possible," coach Joe Philbin said of Stills. "If something is not right, we'll cut it back a little bit."
Philbin started off by complimenting Cameron.
“I would say the one thing that (Cameron brings)?would be big skill if I can just throw out that term,”?Philbin said. “He’s a little bit bigger than the tight ends we’ve had. He still runs very very well. I think that’s maybe a little bit of a different dimension. I think the down the middle of the field potentially you might see us attack the middle of the field a hair more. We’re excited about him.”
The head coach went on to talk about how Stills fit into the Dolphins' offense.
“We thought he was a really good scheme fit in our offense,”?Philbin said. “I thought he had good production. A couple of things that stood out, we kind of a did a study of receivers in the league that had at least 50 catches and one of the things we liked about him, I think he was targeted about 84 times and I think he had 63 receptions. So he was second, I believe, in the league in terms of, if you throw him the ball, he’s going to catch it. We liked the fact that, when the quarterbacks threw him the ball, a high percentage of the time there were completed passes. That was one thing. We thought he was productive on third down. Statistically, conversions on third down. He fit what we do. I thought he’s a good route runner. He has good hands. His speed is good. I thought schematically he was a good fit.”
"I don't think I was brought in to replace anybody," Stills said. "I'm just here to do whatever I can to help the team win. Mike is a great player, and I've looked up to everything he's done.
"I'm not focusing on my ceiling right now," Stills said. "I'm just excited to be here, happy to be here and working my tail off to make sure I can maximize my potential."
Stills was acquired by Miami in exchange for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick on Friday. The Dolphins traded Wallace to the Vikings hours after completing their trade with New Orleans.
Stills, 22, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of Oklahoma. He caught 63 passes for 931 yards and three touchdowns last season, averaging a whopping 20.0 yards per catch. He fell 69 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard season in 2014, and still managed to average 14.8 yards per reception.
Stills, 22, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of Oklahoma. He caught 63 passes for 931 yards and three touchdowns last season. He has 95 catches for 1,572 yards and eight scores in his two-year run with the Saints. He still has two years and $1.26 million left on his rookie deal.
Ellerbe agreed to restructure his contract to help New Orleans with their cap situation. He had three years and $20.95 left on his current contract before the deal. Terms of his contract restructure weren't made public.
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|2014||New Orleans Saints||15||7||63||931||14.8||69||3||10||6||47|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||16||10||3||10||3.3||4||0||0||0|
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