Every receiver has dropped passes, some drops are just more magnified than others. Kenny Stills’ mishap on Sunday certainly drew a lot of attention.
In the second quarter, the speedy wide receiver was wide open down the field when Ryan Tannehill placed a pass that hit Stills right in the hands. It was an easy touchdown that would have put the Miami Dolphins up 7-3 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Unfortunately for Miami, Stills’ hands didn’t work on that play. He dropped the football. Fast forward to the conclusion and the Dolphins lost 12-10 to Seattle. The wideout’s dropped TD pass could’ve been the difference in the game.
“I felt like when I saw the ball come out (of Tannehill’s hand) potentially it could be a jump ball,” Stills recounted, per the Palm Beach Post. “I thought somebody was there with me. I didn’t realize until I dropped the ball that no one was around.”
Stills was a good two steps ahead of Seahawks safety Earl Thomas who was the closest defender on the play.
The missed connection made just about every Dolphins-Seahawks recap. It was a play Stills knows was important and vows to learn from.
“It’s one of those things that, we mess up, and I see it as an opportunity to make me stronger,” Stills said. “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.”
To be fair, the Dolphins had other opportunities to win on Sunday. Miami didn’t capitalize on several chances to take control, Stills’ drop was just the opportunity that was highlighted the most.