Circus catch, 98 yards, touchdown: Dolphins WR Kenny Stills continues big season

Kenny Stills is making his case for the Pro Bowl. (AP)

MIAMI GARDENS—It’s gone slightly under the radar that wide receiver Kenny Stills is putting together one of the best seasons of his career. It’s already his best year with the Dolphins.

After a nondescript start to the season in which he averaged 2.8 catches and 32.6 yards through the first five games, Stills is on a hot streak. He continued his recent run with 98 yards and a touchdown on five catches in today’s 35-9 win over Denver.

Stills’ most exciting play came on a badly underthrown ball by Jay Cutler in the second quarter. He pulled a double move on Broncos safety Darian Stewart, slipped and still managed to save Cutler’s pass from hitting the ground. Stills batted the ball around before securing it for a 22-yard catch.

“He just gave me an opportunity to make a play, and I had to kinda come back to it,” Stills said. “I’m just happy I made the play.

“It was underthrown because he threw it so early, so I had to stop and adjust and make the play. It’s a low ball, a tough ball to catch, and I was just trying to make sure I brought it in.”

Stills, who signed a four-year, $32 million deal in the offseason to stay with Miami, has looked like he’s worth every penny over the last two months.

He’s averaging 81.4 yards over the last seven games and has four touchdowns in that span. That run includes his monster 180-yard game against Tampa Bay. He’s currently 10th in the NFL at 16.3 yards per reception.

“I don’t think I played that well today,” he said when asked if he could pinpoint anything that’s clicked lately. “(Denver safety Bradley) Roby made a couple good pass breakups on a couple plays, and Chris Harris had an interception on my side. I really didn’t play that well. I got in the end zone at the end of the game. I can always play better.”

Stills is now at 48 catches, 733 yards and six touchdowns for the season. He leads the team in yards and is tied with Jarvis Landry in touchdown catches. The yardage and receptions are new highs for his three years in Miami. He needs four more touchdowns to match last season’s total.

It’s an impressive haul considering how dreadful the Dolphins have been at quarterback this year. They’re 22nd in passing yards and 26th in passer rating between Cutler and Matt Moore.

His current pace puts him on track for 64 catches and 977 yards, both of which would top his previous career highs of 63 and 931 for New Orleans in 2014.

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