Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills has not been with the team very long. Regardless, he has still managed to make quite the impression on head coach Bill O’Brien.
Stills arrived as part of the blockbuster trade that brought him to Houston from the Miami Dolphons alongside left tackle Laremy Tunsil. According to Anthony R. Wood of Texans Wire, O’Brien has been impressed with the work ethic he has displayed.
“Kenny, in the short time that I’ve been around Kenny, he’s one of the harder working guys at that position that I’ve been around,” O’Brien told reporters Monday.
“We have a lot of hard workers in our wide receiver room and he fits right in,” said O’Brien. “He’s here early, he’s here till 8, 9 o’clock at night learning, taking care of his body, running routes, doing things just to get used to our offense and what we do.”
All the work that Stills put in has already started to show. He managed to haul in three receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown against his former team in the New Orleans Saints during the 2019 NFL season opener. Although he is still trying to find his footing in the Texans’ offense, O’Brien’s comments indicate that he could be primed for an integral role in the receiving corps.
There has been some speculation regarding Houston’s depth behind wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. While wide receiver Will Fuller has proven to be more than capable of serving as a complementary option, his track record with injuries makes it difficult to assume he will be around for the games that matter.
Stills’ versatile skill set in the slot and as a deep threat could provide DeShaun Watson with another viable option to utilize in the passing game.