Saints rookie receiver Kenny Stills Jr. has already earned enough respect from Sean Payton to see some first-team snaps, and enough trust from Drew Brees to see some deep passes come his way.
If he can earn a few compliments from his father, a former NFL safety, then he'll know he's really getting somewhere.
Stills talks with his father a couple times a week, and when they spoke after the rookie's preseason debut against Kansas City, the focus wasn't on his leaping 22-yard catch or the pass-interference penalty he drew by outracing his defender deep down field.
It was on a deep pass from Brees that he dropped.
''He wasn't very pleased with my performance,'' Stills said of his father. ''That's just him being tough on me and I wasn't very pleased with it, either, so you can see where that comes from.''
The elder Kenny Stills told his son that ''it's unacceptable to drop a ball and I'm lucky I still have a...