Stills caught six of 23 targets for 68 yards and one touchdown over 13 games in 2021. Stills found his way back to New Orleans in 2021, but he struggled to produce despite there being plenty of available opportunity at receiver. He was ultimately waived at one point in December before re-signing and being made a healthy scratch in the second-to-last outing. With each of Michael Thomas, Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris and Lil'Jordan Humphrey due back in 2022, Stills seems unlikely to be offered another contract with the Saints, especially if the team adds more talent through the draft or free agency.
Stills (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. Stills was held without a catch in each of the last five games, and he won't suit up for Sunday's primetime matchup. Lil'Jordan Humphrey and Easop Winston could see a slight uptick in playing time against Tampa Bay.
Stills was not targeted with a pass during Sunday's 30-9 win over the Jets. Despite seeing the third-most snaps amongst Saints receivers in the absence of both Deonte Harris (suspension) and Lil'Jordan Humphrey (hamstring), Stills wasn't targeted with a pass. However, no Saints receivers should be expected to produce much as long as the offense revolves around the legs of Alvin Kamara and Taysom Hill.
The Saints re-signed Stills on Friday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. New Orleans' receiving corps is at less than 100 percent at the moment, with Deonte Harris suspended three games, Ty Montgomery (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Lil'Jordan Humphrey (hamstring) questionable for Sunday's road game versus the Jets. If Humphrey is able to suit up, Taysom Hill (finger) will have Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, Humphrey and Stills available at wide receiver. Despite seeing time in 10 contests this season, Stills has been incredibly inefficient with his 22 targets, accumulating a sparse 5-64-1 line.
The Saints waived Stills on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Though the Saints will be without one of their top three wideouts in Deonte Harris for the next three games after his suspension was upheld by the NFL, Stills won't be given the opportunity to try and replace him. The 29-year-old already seemed to fall behind Ty Montgomery and Lil'Jordan Humphrey in the pecking order behind the Saints' starting receivers (Harris, Tre'Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway), as Stills ranked sixth among the position group in snaps in last week's 27-17 loss to the Cowboys. Stills concludes his second stint in New Orleans with five receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown on 22 targets over 10 appearances.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||20.53|
|8||10/30||Las Vegas Raiders||4||17.67|
|11||11/20||Los Angeles Rams||22||22.05|
|12||11/27||@San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|
|13||12/05||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||20.53|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||32||19||258||2||13||13.58||37|