I thought Stills was underutilized last year as Gase went to the short passing game to make up for poor pass blocking from his OL and Drake. It looks like the coaching staff is doing their best to analyze the talent that they do have.
Armando Salguero wrote:
The Dolphins seem intent on maximizing Stills both outside and in the slot.https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt- ... 15489.html
Outside, his speed is as dangerous as it has always been and he still routinely gets behind defenders. But in the slot, which Stills played a lot in 2016 when he caught a career-high nine touchdowns, there seems to be more opportunities in the offing.
Stills can use his 6-1 frame and knowledge of routes and technique to gain an advantage from the slot. So maybe he plays there more than the 22.6 percent the downs he did last year.
“You look at the numbers, I’ve done pretty well in the slot,” Stills said. “So it’s not something I’m too worried about. Wherever they put me right now that’s where I’m at and I’m having fun with it.”
But I like the attitude and approach from Stills much better.
“You can’t play this game without that chip or without thinking of constant growth,” he said. “If you do play this game without that, you’re just out here wasting your time. Me, in all aspects of my life, I’m thinking about how can I maximize my skill set and who I am as a person. That’s part of my job in becoming a better receiver.”
“This game of football, it’s been seven years for me now in the league and I’ve been playing since I was a little kid. So any time you can get a new challenge, you have to learn something new, you’re trying to refine your game, it’s fun.