Houston Texans: Davis Mills might be ‘the guy’ after all

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The Houston Texans might have their QB after all as Davis Mills improves.

Since the Houston Texans named rookie Davis Mills as the starting quarterback over Tyrod Taylor a few weeks ago he’s been a whole new player compared to the quarterback he was his first go-around in the starting role.

Mills became the starting Houston Texans quarterback in Week 14 and in the three games since the Texans are 2-1. Mills’ play has improved since he made starts earlier in the season when he was thrown into the fire when Taylor was injured early in Week 2 as was 0-6 as a starter.

The rookie Mills in Week 14 was 33-of-49 for 331 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The next game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Mills passed for 209 yards (19-of-30) with two touchdowns and one interception in a Texans win.

This past Sunday the Houston Texans defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 41-29 in an upset win, where Mills took another step forward in his progression to keeping the starting quarterback spot for the ’22 season. Mills finished the win 21-of-27 for 254 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Houston Texans: Are we too excited for Davis Mills after the past 3 games?

It can be said there is a lot of excitement for Mills as the main choice for the Texans when it comes to being the future of the franchise under center. The fact of the matter is his best games came against a franchise that’s seen much better days, the worst team in the NFL and a team that’s not playing their best football and losing their playoff momentum.

For the sake of the Texans let’s all hope Mills continues to improve on his game during the final two weeks of the regular season and the ensuing offseason. If he shows he’s capable of leading the Houston Texans during the current rebuild, that means the focus of the 2022 NFL Draft can go elsewhere, especially on defense.

Mills is talented enough to be the starter for the ’22 season at quarterback, but please don’t compare him to the player that was the previous long-term quarterback for the franchise. Though they both are talented in their own regard, they aren’t the same players and Mills has to be evaluated as such.

Mills has shown great poise for a rookie in a tough situation this season, and for all of the hardship he faced earlier in the season, it has had to help with his current performance late in the season. Plus, better offensive line play, and a 149-yard rushing performance by Rex Burkhead hasn’t hurt matters either.

The final two games for the Texans should be exciting for the fact of watching Mills and seeing how well he plays against the San Franciso 49ers and the Tennessee Titans, both winnable games against playoff caliber franchises.

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Maybe Mills and the Houston Texans can play spoiler for one or both of those franchises, or if nothing else the play of the rookie quarterback continues to impress, and he earns the role of being the leader of the offense in ’22. Mills has shown excellent improvement as of late, and let’s all hope that trend continues as the season nears the end.