Stills is one of four Miami wideouts with considerable starting experience, joined by DeVante Parker and offseason acquisitions Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.
The Dolphins replaced Jarvis Landry with Wilson and Amendola, bringing in a pair of wideouts who have mostly worked from the slot. Stills thus figures to be unchallenged in his starting role, though he could face a bit more competition for targets, especially if Parker stays healthy. Stills drew 106 looks last season, easily besting his previous career-high mark of 85 in 2014. While unlikely to maintain that volume, he could make up the difference by improving on last year's career-low mark of 14.6 yards per reception. Long known for catching deep balls, Still has also proven to be a scoring threat with 15 of his 26 career touchdowns coming in the past two seasons.
Stills revealed he played through a torn tendon on a finger in his right hand most of the 2017 season but he will not require surgery this offseason, Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Stills seemingly suffered the injury in Week 3 against the Jets considering he wasn't available to catch passes in practice leading up to Week 4. Despite the impairment, Stills went on to log one the best seasons of his career and finished the year with 58 receptions for 847 yards and six touchdowns while maintaining his reputation as a valuable downfield threat, considering his 14.6 average registered as 22nd-best in the league. He remains under contract with the Dolphins through 2020 and could possibly take on a larger workload in 2018 if teammate and team target-leader Jarvis Landry, who's an unrestricted free agent, doesn't re-sign with Miami this offseason.
Stills has had a solid season for Miami as the third wide receiver with 55 receptions for 813 yards and six touchdowns. Quarterback Jay Cutler has developed solid chemistry with Stills as evidenced by his being targeted as least six times in eight of his last 10 games. Stills isn't the reception monster that Jarvis Landry is, but he is still a valuable member of the Miami passing offense.
Stills caught one of six targets for eight yards during Sunday's 24-16 loss to Buffalo.
Like Monday's win against New England, Stills was quiet while his fellow targets went off on Sunday. The speedster entered Sunday with more than twice as many plays of at least 20 yards than any other Dolphin. The problem is Stills' production often lives and dies by the deep ball, and he tends to struggle when he's kept underneath. While Stills will end the year with a difficult rematch against Buffalo, look out for him next weekend against Kansas City, when he might be able to add to his collection of 14 plays of at least 20 yards. Kansas City enters this week allowing the third-highest yards-per-catch average to opponent receivers this year, through Sunday.
Stills only had two receptions for 18 yards as Miami defeated New England 27-20 on Monday night.
While this was certainly a disappointing performance for Stills, he's still a big part of the Miami passing game and has taken over the deep role from DeVante Parker. Stills could be a risky fantasy play, however, for the next two weeks as Miami will play at Buffalo and Kansas City. Those aren't the two friendliest of road venues to visit in December. The Chiefs have been one of the easiest matchups for fantasy wide receivers, though, so good weather conditions could prove beneficial for his statistical upside.
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