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Kenny Stills has been placed on the NFI list with an illness.
This move gives the Texans an opportunity to bring in another wide receiver to camp while Stills deals with the illness. There will be a lot of speculation that he has COVID-19, but wait for an official team announcement before jumping to conclusions.
The Louisville police decided to drop the felony charges against Kenny Stills and 86 other protesters on Friday, July 17. On Tuesday night the protesters marched to the home of Attorney General Daniel Cameron to demand justice for Breonna Taylor who was killed by the police in March. Stills was jailed that night and charged with "intimidating a participant in a legal process" along with three other misdemeanor crimes. He was released from jail on Wednesday morning.
With this incident now in the rear-view mirror Stills can focus on his role with the Texans where he has some work cut our for him. Stills will presumably enter camp as the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart, behind Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb. Stills has averaged only 557 yards and five touchdowns over the last two seasons, and going undrafted in most drafts this season.
Kenny Stills is one of 87 protesters facing felony charges after being arrested in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday night. Stills was marching in protest of the killing of Breonna Taylor in March. The charges against Stills include; intimidating a participant in the legal process (which is a felony), misdemeanor second-degree disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal trespassing. He was released from jail on Wednesday.
Although it is early, it is hard to see the criminal justice system following through on these charges, and even less likely that Stills missing any NFL games because of this. Owners would be wise to see if there are any further developments in this story.
According to The Athletic, Texans WR Kenny Stills and his $7M contract could become the odd man out in Houston.
The thought process behind Stills potentially being the receiver that gets cut or traded is as follows. The Texans brought in Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb this off-season and both have large veteran contracts. Stills also has a relatively large contract which carries a $7M cap hit in 2020. So the Texans are banking on Cooks and Cobb to fill two WR slots this season, and then add in Will Fuller, who will likely maintain his spot as a starting outside receiver. Additionally, WR Keke Coutee is still on his rookie deal, and plays mostly out of the slot. Since Stills is a guy who is mainly a vertical threat, to keep him over Coutee would be redundant and a much larger hit to the salary cap. Fuller and Cooks already provide Houston with the ability to stretch a defense and Cobb and Coutee operate out of the slot. Nothing is set in stone, but it’s very possible Stills is on the outside looking in when the new-look Texans finalize their roster for the upcoming season.
Kenny Stills made three catches for 80 yards and a touchdown on six targets Sunday in the Texans’ Divisional Round loss to the Chiefs by a 51-31 score.
Stills was questionable going into the game on Sunday with a knee injury but was able to play. The veteran receiver caught 40 passes in his first season with the Texans and should be third on the depth chart with the team going into 2020 if he remains with the team.
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