Browns Make Final Call on Signing Veteran WR After Workout

Kenny Stills

Getty Images Free agent wide receiver Kenny Stills.

The Cleveland Browns brought in a group of 10 players for workouts on Friday, including veteran wide receiver Kenny Stills.

The Browns are in need of wide receiver depth behind Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones. Outside of those two players, the other receivers have only accounted for five catches through four games — David Bell with four for 47 yards and Anthony Schwartz with one for 19 yards.

While the need is there, it doesn’t appear that the Browns will be bringing in Stills, per Brad Stainbrook of the Orange and Brown Report.

“Although the workout went well, the Browns won’t be signing WR Kenny Stills at this time,” Stainbrook tweeted.

Stills has played 23 games over the last two seasons but doesn’t have much to show for it in terms of stats. The 30-year-old Oklahoma product has just 17 catches in that span, notching 202 yards. He was waived by the Saints in December of last season and has remained without a home.

However, Stills has previously played with new Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson in Houston. Watson is slated to return on December 4 against the Texans.

Stills’ best year came in 2014 with the Saints when he caught 63 balls for 931 yards and a trio of touchdowns. He’s also had some productive years in Miami prior to signing with the Texans.

Stills might not be a difference-maker at this point in his career but could supply the Browns with a veteran set of hands for camp with a chance to make the roster.

In the offseason, Stills sounded open to signing with Cleveland, responding to a tweet mentioning him, Will Fuller and Desean Jackson as options.

“Let’s get it,” Stills tweeted.

Former Cowboys quarterback Ben DiNucci and running back Abraham Smith were among the other players the Browns worked out, per ESPN’s Field Yates.


Browns Want to Get Amari Cooper More Involved

The Browns have reshaped their wide receiver corps this offseason, with a trade for Amari Cooper bringing them back a new No. 1 wide receiver. While he has shined in two games — going for over 100 yards and a touchdown in each — he’s also had two duds, combining for four catches and just 26 yards in the contests.

“As a receiver, you want to touch the ball early. That kind of gets guys going at any skill position. It is very important, but at the end of the day, my job is more than just catching the ball,” Cooper said. “Whatever they ask me to do as far as blocking in the run game or getting other guys open. I have a huge responsibility. Whatever they ask me to do, I am going to do it.”

The Browns’ passing game is looking for consistency after an uneven week against the Falcons. Jacoby Brissett has done a decent job as the fill-in for Deshaun Watson but has missed on some opportunities late in games and in the red zone.

He’s recorded 830 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions through four games, completing 64.6% of his passes.


Browns Seeking Consistency Against Chargers


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The 2-2 Browns face a stiff test against the Chargers this week at home and are seeking a four-quarter effort on both sides of the ball. While the offense’s struggles have been documented, the defense has also allowed big plays, which has led to a pair of games slipping away.

“I saw the stat where how close all of the games were last weekend. That is just the nature of the NFL and the nature of parity in this league,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “You are going to be in 60-minute affairs. We understand that. We understand that you have to be locked in for all 60 of those minutes – that is players, coaches and all of us. We just have to make sure that we are locked in and ready to go.”

The Browns are expected to get some pieces back this week, including Myles Garrett. The star pass-rusher missed last week following a car crash.

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