The Texans continue to be all-in with Davis Mills

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The Texans have opted to give 2021 third-round quarterback Davis Mills the keys to the offense for 2022. As the team wraps its offseason program with a mandatory minicamp, Mills and coach Love Smith talked about the quarterback’s development.

“I feel like I’m at a good spot,” Mills told reporters. “Obviously there’s still a lot of room to grow, but more confident, more comfortable out there with the offense and my teammates around me. Ready to keep progressing and head into the season.”

He said his experience from his rookie season is making him more confident and comfortable. “Just having experience and being able to make fast, smart decisions and protect the football,” Mills said. “I think experience is a big factor in how my game progressed through the last season. These reps I’ve gotten in this offseason are extremely valuable and I’m excited to keep progressing. I still have a lot to prove to myself and to my teammates to go out there and win games, but we’re all excited for it, and I want to keep moving forward.”

Last year, Tyrod Taylor got the bulk of the reps in the offseason and training camp, as Mills was learning the ropes. This year, Mills is holding the rope.

“I still have a lot to prove,” Mills said. “Got to go out there and win the job each and every day and put my best foot forward each and every day out here at practice. It’s exciting and I want to keep proving that to the guys.”

He’s proving it to his coach, with a work ethic that will help him get to his ceiling, where that may be.

“We feel good about him, improvement,” Smith told reporters. “If you go through I think maybe 38, 37 days or so we’ve gone through of actual work here, and you’re a guy like Davis who’s the first guy in the building and the last guy to leave, he’s gotten a lot of reps, a lot of instructions. I’ve seen him make some of the type of plays we know he’s capable of making.”

As a rookie, Mills appeared in 13 games and started 11. He generated 2,664 passing yards, threw 16 touchdown passes, and had 10 interception. He completed 66.8 percent of his throws.

The Texans do indeed seem to be intent on entrusting the job to Mills. There has been scant chatter about Houston adding a veteran to potentially supplant Mills. They could have easily asked for Baker Mayfield as part of the Deshaun Watson trade, for example. They didn’t.

Would they pursue Mayfield or 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo if either or both players are cut? There has been no indication that they would — which means that they’re not interested. Or that G.M. Nick Caserio is doing his best to feign lack of interest until one or the other, or both, are free and clear.

11 responses to “The Texans continue to be all-in with Davis Mills

  1. Smart. See what he has. If it doesn’t work out, they will have another high pick (and Cleveland’s picks from the Watson heist) to use to get a franchise QB.

  2. After starting last year I think Mills has a neck up on the competition this season

  3. “They could have easily asked for Baker Mayfield as part of the Deshaun Watson trade, for example. They didn’t.”
    And that would’ve made no sense. There is no scenario where its smart for the Texans to take on a qb on the verge of free agency and a large pay day. You’ve been saying the Texans should go after Mayfield for months, it still makes no sense.

  4. Well he did win as many games as the previous QB, who many are claiming o be a Super Bowl caliber quarterback.

  5. Mills is actually is in a great spot …he’s got some games under his belt and played pretty good. IF THE Texans let him grow, and make the right play calls for his abilities ,they may have STUMBLED onto their long term QB.

  6. What if the Texans swooped in now and offered to take Mayfield off of the Browns’ hands if they pay a large chunk of the salary? That would be brilliant, IMO.

  7. Texans should be. Mills has been under appreciated as a rookie QB. He had less talent and still looked great. If Mills went to Pat’s instead of Jones, Mills would be talked about like Jones. With a bit more talent around him the right coaching he will be a legit top 15 QB.

  8. Looking forward to seeing this kid play this season. He is clearly very gifted. His stroke is a thing of beauty, as are his passes. Go Davis Mills, Go Texans!!

  9. If people know anything about Mills they would know he was the best long term QB in the draft. If not for freak injury and lack of playing time he probably would have been taken in the top five.

  10. BTW. They did not stumble onto Mills. They did some homework. He has been a standout since high school. Was the number one QB when he graduated. Considered one of the best overall QB’s in many years. He just had some freak injuries that limited his playing time and cut him back from showing what he really is. They got a steal.

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