Texans make QB decision after Tyrod Taylor’s injury
With Tyrod Taylor dealing with a hamstring injury that will keep him out on Thursday night for the Houston Texans, head coach David Culley is turning to rookie Davis Mills against the Carolina Panthers.
#Texans coach David Culley makes it official: Tyrod Taylor is out for TNF, Davis Mills will start.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2021
Per Mark Berman of Fox 26, Culley elaborated on the Texans rolling with the rookie with Taylor being out.
“He had some tough moments during the preseason where he came back and showed he had some maturity about him. A lot more maturity than you would probably see in a rookie. He’s never ever gotten flustered. I’ve gotten more flustered than he has during the ballgame.
“He’s ready. I mean he is ready. He’s been exactly what you want your backup quarterback to be.”
Mills was selected by the Texans in the third-round of the 2021 NFL Draft. With Deshaun Watson on the roster but inactive every week and now Taylor dealing with a hamstring injury, the rookie is getting his shot.
When Taylor went down against the Browns in Week 2, Mills stepped in and did alright. He completed eight of his 18 passes for 102 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Texans dropped the game to the Browns but it was no fault of Mills’.
Jeff Driskel will likely be activated from the practice squad to backup Mills.
The expectation is #Texans promote practice squad QB Jeff Driskel to the active roster, so he would serve as Davis Mills' backup with Tyrod Taylor hurt. Team can't make official until Thursday but is leaning that way. Driskel has nine career starts, 15 games.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 21, 2021
Houston is in a peculiar spot where expectations aren’t too high for them externally following their chaotic offseason. However, starting a rookie that they selected in the third-round could have Texans fans giddy about how Mills could look on Thursday night.