Texans: 3 Things To Watch For at Training Camp

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Training camp for the Houston Texans begins for rookies on Sunday, July 24, while the veterans for the Texans are scheduled to report to the Houston Methodist Training Center on Tuesday, July 26.

The start of training camp is the beginning of a new season for the Texans as they have revamped their roster to be improved over the roster from the past two seasons, where the franchise finished a combined 8-25 with a 4-12 finish in 2020 and 4-13 in 2021.

Things have changed since the end of the ’21 season with Lovie Smith now the new head coach, and there are many new players on the team. With all of the changes, next are three things to watch when training camp arrives for the Texans.

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3. Can Davis Mills be the leader the Texans need?

Davis Mills was the number one quarterback coming out of high school, committed to Stanford, and looked to be the next great QB following Andrew Luck. Mills didn’t play too much at Stanford because of the injuries he endured during his time at Stanford. The negatives surrounding Mills going into the draft were not only his lack of play, but his leadership was in question because of the lack of experience.

In his rookie season, Mills would take some time to get comfortable. Even though Mills made a 180-degree turnaround, his play improved dramatically in the second half of the season. Mills had one of the best rookie seasons for a QB last year, but his leadership is still in question because of his lack of experience and calm demeanor.

After the Deshaun Watson saga and the drama surrounding the team, Mills had a troubling situation to begin his career. That drama is nearly gone this season, and we should expect Mills to become more of a leader on and off the field. We must tune in to see if Mills takes over as the team leader off the get go when training camp begins and see if the players are buying in.