Houston Texans: Davis Mills will need time to be NFL ready

quarterback Davis Mills (15) Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
quarterback Davis Mills (15) Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
Davis Mills, Houston Texans
Houston Texans rookie QB Davis Mills (15) Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Many reports from Houston Texans training camp over the weekend stated rookie quarterback Davis Mills didn’t have the best of practices. Remember Mills was a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft from Stanford, so this is his first foray into pro football.

If anyone is nervous that a third-round rookie quarterback wasn’t perfect or far from being at a top level in his first week of an NFL training camp, then it is time to learn some patience because there will be more off days than great days when it comes to the early rebuild of the Houston Texans.

Here is a tweet from Saturday’s Texans training camp:

Here is another about Mills and his practice:

Then there is this tweet with comments from Texans teammate Christian Kirksey:

The tweet about Mills having a bad day in practice is fine because that is what happened, and it is good to know he didn’t have his greatest practice ever. The next tweet about Mills working after practice to get more reps and use it as a learning experience is great too because it shows that Mills is putting in the extra work that will be needed if he ever wants to become a starting quarterback in the NFL.

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The third tweet says a lot about how tough the Houston Texans defense made it on him, and that is the best of all because the NFL is said not to be an easy game to play at a high level, so tough practices will only make Mills better in the grand scheme of things.

Kirksey said it best in the tweet by Aaron Wilson as the veteran defensive player said: “It is good to show him how tough it is to play in the NFL.” Kirksey followed with a little praise of the quarterback as well, so it is like you break something down and build it to make it better.

Though times will most likely be tough this year for many players on the Houston Texans, this is a time for the players and team to grow and become better players for future seasons as the front office continues to rebuild the roster.

There are more than a few players on “prove it” type of deals with the Houston Texans this season, and players whom the Texans front office and coaching staff will decide what their long-term future with the team is.

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Either way, Saturday seemed to be a learning experience for Mills and is probably one of many lessons he’ll learn from in 2021.