However, Stills made it clear during his introductory news conference Saturday that he's not in Miami to become "Mike Wallace 2.0." Stills wants to establish his own identity with the Dolphins.
“I don’t think I was brought in to replace anybody,” Stills said. “I’m just here to do whatever I can to help the team win. Mike is a great player, and I’ve looked up to everything he’s done.”
The Dolphins traded linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick to the New Orleans Saints for Stills, who recorded 63 receptions, 931 yards and three touchdowns last season. Hours later Miami also traded Wallace, who had 67 receptions for 862 yards and 10 touchdowns, to the Minnesota Vikings.
Like Wallace, Stills is a deep threat who averaged 16.5 yards per reception in his two NFL seasons. But Stills said he’s not fine with the label of being a “speed receiver.” Stills said he believes he is an all-around receiver who can do multiple things.
Stills, 22, also is young. Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey described him as “an ascending player” they’ve had their eye on.
“I’m not focusing on my ceiling right now,” Stills said. “I’m just excited to be here, happy to be here and working my tail off to make sure I can maximize my potential.”
Stills said he’s already familiar with several players on the Dolphins. He played with backup running back Damien Williams in college at Oklahoma. Stills also played in college against Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who went to Texas A&M, and Stills is friends with fellow receiver Jarvis Landry.
Getting comfortable with a new team, new surroundings and a new offense quickly this year will go a long way to helping Stills make an immediate impact.