You rarely see NFL wide receivers as open down the field as Dolphins wideout Kenny Stills was in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Seahawks when Ryan Tannehill threw an on-target pass that seemed destined for six points.
Rather than celebrate a touchdown, Stills was left to try to explain why the ball clanged off his hands and fell to the ground after Miami’s 12-10 loss. Stills said that he thought Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was closer than he was, although that’s not much of a reason for not catching a well-thrown ball.
Perhaps coming to that realization is what Stills is referring to when he says that he sees the drop as a chance to become a better player.
“It’s one of those things that, we mess up, and I see it as an opportunity to make me stronger,” Stills said, via the Palm Beach Post. “I’m going to go out there and continue to do what I’ve been doing, work hard and the next time I get an opportunity I’m going to make the play. It’s not something that happens to me all the time. It’s going to make me stronger. I’ll go out there and make plays for this team.”
Stills never materialized as a deep threat in his first season with the Dolphins. If he should drop another pass like he did on Sunday, his opportunities to show he’s getting stronger are going to be limited in his second season as well.