Buffalo's offense might be more loaded. Bills elevate big-play WR from practice squad

Ryan Miller
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The Buffalo Bills have two All-Pro wide receivers, one of the top-performing rookie pass-catchers and a former 1,000-yard wideout who seemed to hit his stride last week. 

Add another dangerous deep threat to the corps. 

Buffalo elevated wide receiver Kenny Stills from its practice squad Saturday ahead of the team's AFC Championship game at the Kansas City Chiefs. Stills could dress and play Sunday. 

Stills, an eight-year veteran, was waived by the Houston Texans in November. The Bills signed him to the practice squad on Jan. 4. 

Houston Texans receiver Kenny Stills celebrates after catching a touchdown in the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on Dec. 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn.

Stills, 28, is second to DeSean Jackson in career yards per catch among active players at 15.6. He led the NFL as a rookie with 20.0 yards per catch and has finished in the league's top 25 six times, including third in 2016. 

Stills was selected out of Oklahoma in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He has 310 catches for 4,843 yards and 37 touchdowns — including of 74, 75 and 76 yards — in his career.

Stills' best seasons were with the Saints and Miami Dolphins. He caught 63 passes for 931 yards with the Saints in 2014 and then was traded to Miami. Stills caught 42 balls for 726 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2016 and followed it up with a 58-reception, 847-yard season in 2017. 

Stills began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality in 2016 and has been critical of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for not listening to Colin Kaepernick. 

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10) runs past Buffalo Bills defensive back Jonathan Meeks (36) and Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby (28) for a touchdown during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 28-25.

The Bills' depth chart already includes first-team All-Pro Stefon Diggs, who led the NFL in receptions (127) and yards (1,535), and Cole Beasley, a second-team All-Pro in the slot with 82 catches for 967 yards.

Rookie fourth-round pick Gabriel Davis has been a steal with 599 yards and seven touchdowns. Speedster John Brown missed seven games between injuries and the COVID list but returned for the Divisional Round victory against the Ravens and made eight grabs for 62 yards. 

Buffalo also elevated rookie cornerback Dane Jackson off the practice squad. Jackson, the 239th overall pick out of Pittsburgh, has appeared in five games with 15 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery. 

The Bills also added kicker Tristan Vizcaino to the practice squad and released defensive back Duke Thomas.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10) and free safety Michael Thomas (31) kneels during the National Anthem before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla.  Man to the left is not identified. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)