Stills is part of a receiving corps that also includes Brandin Cooks, Will Fuller (sports hernia) and Randall Cobb, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The DeAndre Hopkins trade temporarily freed up about 10 targets per game, but the Texans were quick to sign Cobb and later traded for Cooks. While the absence of a clear No. 1 receiver might hint at a degree of opportunity, Stills now faces tough competition for snaps, assuming all four receivers are still on the roster come Week 1. Stills and Fuller both are in contract seasons, while Cooks and Fuller have medical records that hint at the importance of having depth behind them.
The Texans will rely on Stills more this coming season after the team traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. Stills moves up to second on the depth chart, while Will Fuller becomes the team's No. 1 wideout. Trading Hopkins leaves a huge void in the passing game, one which head coach Bill O'Brien hopes to be filled by Stills and Fuller. Hopkins accounted for 29.3 percent of Houston's catches in 2019, the third highest share by any player in the NFL last season. The only player with a larger target share than Hopkins (28.8 percent) was New Orleans' Michael Thomas (33 percent). When factoring in Fuller's injury history -- he averages 5.5 games missed per season -- Stills stands a decent chance of moving up even higher than second on the depth chart.
Stills caught three of six targets for 80 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 51-31 divisional-round loss to the Chiefs. Stills came down with a 54-yard TD catch on Houston's opening drive, and he finished Sunday's contest with his third-best receiving output of the entire 2019 campaign. The former Saint and Dolphin enjoyed a promising debut showing during his first year with the Texans, finishing tied for third on the team in both receiving yards (561) and TD catches (four) during the regular season despite sitting out three games with a combination of hamstring, ankle and knee injuries. Both he and Will Fuller enter the final year of their current deals in 2020, and each carries potential for a breakout fantasy campaign while operating within the high-flying Texans passing attack.
Stills (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs. As is fellow wideout Will Fuller (groin), and while it's unclear how heavy of a workload he'll be handed following a two-game absence, Fuller's presence figures to impact Stills, who was on the field for all but one offensive snap in last weekend's wild-card win over the Bills. In any case, even with Fuller available, Stills can still do some damage in three-wideout sets, especially if the Chiefs defense elects to key on top option DeAndre Hopkins.
Stills (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs but is expected to play, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Houston is expected to be back to full strength at receiver for the first time since Week 16, as Will Fuller (groin) is on track to join Stills in the lineup after a two-week absence. Stills caught four of five targets for 46 yards while playing all but one offensive snap in last week's wild-card win over the Bills, but his snap share has fallen below 70 percent in each of the nine games this season Fuller has played without exiting early due to injury.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|7||10/25||Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|11||11/22||New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|3 Year Avg||75||45||654||5||30||14.53||93|