Season-opening drop in 2016 stays with Dolphins WR Kenny Stills as motivation

Kenny Stills is in reach of the best season of his career. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills has done a lot of good things since last year’s season opener, but the frustration over the embarrassing drop he had against the Seahawks that afternoon is still in his mind.

Stills won’t let go of that miscue, which would have been a 71-yard score had he not bobbled it away with no one near him, and he uses it to drive him on days when he doesn’t have as much enthusiasm for practice.

“It’s not that it sticks with me, it’s just a reminder of something you don’t want to happen,” he said. “’I mean, I think about a game when I was a sophomore in high school and I dropped a ball in the rain for our team not to go to the state championship.

“Those are just things that you use as reminders to motivate yourself, just like I have the guys that got drafted in front of me (printed out) in my locker. It’s just a reminder for those days when you might not be feeling it. Anyone can play on Sundays, but it’s a grind during the week.”

Here’s a clip of the play in Seattle:

Stills doesn’t re-watch that play and it’s not that it haunts him. He’s just adamant that he doesn’t want a recurrence, and that spurs him to put in maximum effort and take extra reps at practices.

“You’ll never forget moments like that,” he said. “Those are motivating things for you.”

He seems to be plenty motivated this season. Coming off a strong year in 2016—he led the team in total touchdowns and was third in receiving yards—Stills is in range of the best season of his career. He leads the Dolphins in yards receiving (751) and is second in receptions (50) and touchdowns (six).

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