It’s been a tough last couple of months for the Dolphins as a team, as they’ve seen their 3 – 0 start vanish, and it’s been just as tough on star wide receiver Kenny Stills, whose productivity has coincidentally disappeared, too.
And to compound matters, Stills made it seem like on Thursday that he’s disgruntled with the Fins offense, and the lack of the quarterbacks getting him the ball, when he’s open.
Sills told the media a couple of things in the Dolphins open locker room period, including when answering one question about why he is only been targeted a total of six times in the last five games. He said, “I couldn’t tell you exactly why I’m not getting more targets. I can tell you I’m getting open…. There are other guys open on plays too, that aren’t getting hit (passes completed).
Then on another question about being open, but still having only one catch in five of the last six Dolphins games, Stills used the comment: “I can’t throw the ball to myself.”
Not surprisingly eyebrows perked up everywhere seeing those comments on the internet and social media. Stills had to be talking about QB Brock Osweiler for most of his second comment. That’s because Osweiler quarterbacked the Dolphins for most of their October and early November games. During that time. Stills had a grand total of 6 catches for 91 yards, and a single 5 yard touchdown.
Another factor is that Stills hasn’t been completely healthy, as he was slowed by a groin injury and even, missed the Dolphins Thursday night game in Houston.
Still, national outlets like ProFootballTalk, picked up his comments and took the natural stance that he is disgruntled and blaming the quarterbacks, if not offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.
And that caused Stills to do something rare-come into the media room to clarify with the local writers what he had said and how it was being taken.
His follow up comments later Thursday afternoon were:
Kenny Stills walked back to the media workroom to express that his earlier comment about not being able to throw himself the ball is not being taken the way he meant. “I’m focusing on my job and doing what I can do,” he says. Says flatly it wasn’t aimed at his QBs.
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) November 29, 2018
Stills is in the first year of a four-year 32 million dollar contract after he re-upped with the Dolphins in March. That deal included a $7 signing bonus and $19.9 million guaranteed.
The new receiving corps has largely underachieved, especially in the second half of the season. While Chiefs free agent acquisition Albert Wilson was playing well earlier in the year, he suffered a season-ending hip injury in the October Lions game. Patriots free agent Danny Amendola has been largely ineffective away from Tom Brady, and now, been hobbled by a hamstring injury the last couple of weeks.
Former number 1 pick DeVante Parker has also been injured and hasn’t done much at all this season.
You combine all of that above with Stills’ lack of productivity, and it seems as though the Dolphins front office with Mike Tannenbaum, Chris Grier and coach Adam Gase “swung and missed” plenty on getting help for their quarterbacks.
Then again, the Dolphins had to turn to Osweiler, because Tannehill suffered a serious shoulder injury in the October loss to the Bengals. That sidelined him for 5 games. (Tannehill did return in last week’s loss at the Colts.)
Disgruntled about not getting the ball, not fully healthy, and an underachieving group of receivers or not, the Dolphins have to try to get their act together Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium against division rival Buffalo.
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