As a rookie last season, Kenny Stills showed he had talent.
He didn’t get to show it as much as he’d like, but for a fifth round rookie, playing 61 percent of the team’s offense snaps would be considered pretty good.
Now he’ll likely have an opportunity to show it more often as the Saints released both Darren Sproles and Lance Moore this week which should give Stills fare more opportunities, much like he received when Moore struggled in the second half of the season.
Moore caught 37 passes for 457 yards and two touchdowns in 2013, his lowest numbers since 2009, when he was injured for a large portion of the season. As his numbers went down, the numbers of rookie Kenny Stills went up.
Stills shouldn’t have any trouble running the same routes that Moore ran, both deep and short passes. He’s also a better true playmaker than Stills, which should benefit the Saints offense.
A few more dump passes should be available for Stills as well with Sproles now out of the picture, so there’s no doubt his stock is only rising moving forward.