Lovie Smith: I’m a believer in Davis Mills and what he’ll do for us

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The Texans traded Deshaun Watson to the Browns last month, but they otherwise stayed out of the swap meet that sent starters flying around the league at the start of the offseason.

That leaves Davis Mills in line to start and nothing that head coach Lovie Smith said at the start of the team’s offseason program on Monday hinted at any second thoughts about going all in with the second-year player. Smith praised Mills for organizing workouts with his teammates over the last couple of months and working to recruit other players to come to Houston.

Smith went on to say that he is a “believer” in what Mills will be able to do now that he has a professional season under his belt.

“I believe in him, Pep Hamilton, second year in system, so many good things that he did. And that’s as a rookie. The improvement you see from year one to year two is normally a big improvement and that’s what we’re going to see from him,” Smith said.

The Texans have five of the first 80 picks in this year’s draft and Smith’s comments suggest that they’ll be used to build a team around Mills rather than on creating competition at the position heading into the summer.

44 responses to “Lovie Smith: I’m a believer in Davis Mills and what he’ll do for us

  1. With the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft, the Houston Texans select…

  2. Mills actually flashed some potential last year and I think Lovie can be the steady hand they need to become competitive again. And he has an awesome beard so he’ll look great in those sideline game shots…

  3. None of the QBs in this year’s draft are sure-fire starters. So he waits a year, builds a team, uses the pile of draft picks he has next year to get someone who is a better bet.

  4. The AFC is STOCKED, specifically at QB. It’s smart to go with Mills this year. See what he’s gone. Then potentially go after a top QB next year if Mills doesn’t work out

  5. Mills showed enough for us to give him a shot this year. And if he can’t do the job, then we will have a high enough pick next year, plus the Browns first rounders in the next two drafts, to potentially move up for one of the signal callers next year.

  6. Per PFF, Mills ranked between Goff and Darnold in QB ratings for 2021. That makes him 4th from the bottom.

    Maybe they make a play for Jimmy G?

  7. There’s no rush here. They have a lot of restocking to do all over the roster before they could compete, so they might as well wait and get a quarterback in a better draft class.

  8. This year crop of QB’s are not anywhere near 1st or even 2nd round talent, only the pundits/draft gurus are making them sound like they actually have NFL talent (the ones that also stated “can’t miss generational talent” for the likes of Baker, Mariota, Crab Legs, Darnold, Rosen, most Likely Murray, Locke, Wentz, Goff, etc, etc). Why waste a top pick on a well above 50% fail rate at drafting a QB in the 1st round, draft O-linemen and speed.

  9. I never like this coach speak. What else is he going to say? We all know this guy isn’t that long term answer.

  10. Houston is in a great position here, long term.

    They need to just keep flipping picks for future assets and the rest will take care of itself.

    They should be looking to trade Tunsil though. That one is going to hold them back.

  11. The expected class next year is way better than this year. Texans are right to see how Davis does this year and then target a QB next year if needed.

  12. Oddly enough, Mills could turn out to be the best QB out of last year’s draft. Although I’m a Pats fan and think Mac will do well, I was really impressed with Mills, especially given what few weapons he had to work with and a leaky OL.

  13. forced to hire a coach they didnt want, and forced him to use a QB i don’t believe anybody wants.
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    gonna be a tough year to be a Texan

  14. The kid won some games last year and he looked pretty good. Start him and see what he can do.

  15. The people hating on Smith need to remember that he got to a Super Bowl with Rex Grossman. Houston fans need to be hoping that Lovie can do the same with this guy.

  16. Maybe Mills proves to be a quality Qb in time…
    BUT Lovie also picked Winston 1st over all while with Buccaneers so he is NOT a great judge of QBs!

  17. I’m sure this will sound wild, and I’m a nobody, but what I can do is pick sleeper QB’s from the draft after watching college film.

    First it was Josh Allen as my top pick (only his scandal really hurt him pre-draft, though) – I saw an arm and good reads and that translates well.

    Then I couldn’t decide in 2019.

    in 2020 it was Justin Herbert as my top pick, and I hate the Ducks, so it took a lot to admit the big guy had the skill. I didn’t believe he’d get a shot so quick, though.

    in 2021 it was Mac Jones & Davis Mills. Not a tie. Mac was by far the best on the list, just couldn’t tell if his all-shotgun approach and WR’s were making him look better. As for Mills, he honestly looked high IQ. I know last year didn’t totally pan out, but his film looked promising.

    This year Kenny is my top choice. Malik definitely has him beat with flash, but in a weak draft, Kenny is still the top pick IMO.

    I may end up busting on Mills and Kenny, but I’m sticking with them.

  18. He also loved Darrelle Revis in Tampa, but traded him and signed Michael Johnson and Alterraun Verner with that cash. A very sound decision.

  19. Davis Mills. – ranked as best QB out of high school, ahead of Trevor Lawrence – injury early at Stanford, then Covid, then Pac 10 limited schedule meant only 11 starts at Stanford – he’s 6’4″ 225lbs, same exact size as Andrew Luck when coming out of Stanford – goes to Texans a team in utter disarray with nearly 100% player and coaching transition – gets thrown into game 2 at halftime due to injury to T. Taylor – last 6 games of season led NFL with 75% 1st half completion factor – had 11:2 TD:INT ratio – ranked in PFF top 10 of all NFL QBs : had multiple 300+ yd games (with no online, worst RB game in league, little help from TE’s or WRs). By all accounts he was by far best rookie QB at seasons’s end, and on most dysfunctional team (Jags very close). If Mills was coming out this year, he’d be slam-dunk 1st pick in the draft. If Texans put talent around him – Evan Neal is a nice start – Texans have their QB.

  20. Haters should recall the Texans won the same number of games will Mills at the helm as they did Watson.

  21. Objectively, Davis Mills is simply a better option than any of the QBs in this year’s draft. I would rather have him moving forward than Baker Mayfield. These takes that the Texans need to draft a QB or over pay in free agency aren’t very logical and mostly demonstrate ignorance to how Mills actually played last year.

  22. “With the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft, the Houston Texans select…”

    Here I will fix your post…

    “With the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft, from the Cleveland Browns, the Houston Texans select…”

    Thanks Cleveland!

  23. His stats, considering the absolute dumpster fire this team was, were not too shabby. 67% completions, 16 tds, 10 ints.

    Not earth shattering, certainly. But certainly acceptable for a 3rd round pick no one expected to play.

  24. This year crop of QB’s are not anywhere near 1st or even 2nd round talent, only the pundits/draft gurus are making them sound like they actually have NFL talent (the ones that also stated “can’t miss generational talent” for the likes of Baker, Mariota, Crab Legs, Darnold, Rosen, most Likely Murray, Locke, Wentz, Goff, etc, etc). Why waste a top pick on a well above 50% fail rate at drafting a QB in the 1st round, draft O-linemen and speed
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    Murray’s been in the league 3 years. He’s a 2X Pro Bowl QB and made it as an alternate his rookie year. He ranked in the top 5 in almost every important passing statistic last year. To include him in that list of QB busts is asinine. If AZ put him on the market (which they won’t) they’d receiver a haul of draft picks for him.

  25. I liked Mills coming out, I thought he played well last year on arguably the worst roster in the league. He was better than Lawerence that’s for sure. Plus when the games on the line, Mills is known to really stick his neck out for his teammates.

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