Kenny Stills is heading back to where his NFL career began. The veteran receiver is signing with the Saints' practice squad after working out for the team on Monday, according to NFL Network's Mike Garofolo. Stills was one of several receivers the Saints worked out after they placed Tre'Quan Smith on Injured Reserve.
The 144th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Stills spent his first two seasons in New Orleans. He caught five touchdowns as a rookie while averaging a league-best 20 yards per catch. Stills' best season took place the following season, when he caught 63 passes for 931 yards and three touchdowns while helping Drew Brees tie Ben Roethlisberger for the league's passing title. Stills spent the next four seasons in Miami, where he caught 164 passes for 2,566 yards and 24 touchdowns. He caught a career-high nine touchdowns in 2016 while helping the Dolphins clinch a wild card berth.
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The 29-year-old receiver joins a Saints receiving corps that includes Smith, Michael Thomas (whose ankle injury will keep him out for at least six more games), Marquez Callaway, Lil'Jordan Humphrey, Chris Hogan, Deonte Harris and Ty Montgomery. Harris and tight end Juwan Johnson caught a combined five passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints' 38-3 win over the Packers in Week 1. Hogan and running back Alvin Kamara also caught touchdown passes from quarterback Jameis Winston, who threw five touchdown passes in his first start in nearly two years.