The Houston Texans have bounced between quarterbacks on the way to a 2-10 record. Rookie Davis Mills and veteran Tyrod Taylor have each started six games this season. For the home stretch of their miserable 2021 season, they’re firmly deciding to roll with one of them.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, head coach David Culley is deicing to roll with the youngster for Houston’s remaining five games. The decision could be due to Taylor injuring his wrist, though he was benched for Mills in the Texans’ shutout loss to the Indianapolis Colts last week.
Texans HC David Culley named rookie QB Davis Mills their starter for the remainder of the season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 10, 2021
Mills, a 23-year-old Stanford product, has yet to secure a win in any of his starts. He has thrown for 1,406 yards and tossed seven touchdowns and eight interceptions across eight games this season.
In Taylor’s six games, he has thrown for 966 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 151 yards, the third-most on the team. The 32-year-old has a track record going of being a stopgap for teams with uncertain quarterback outlooks, and he may continue that trend this offseason if Houston wants more time to see what Mills is made of.
Although he hasn’t been productive, Mills could be the Texans’ QB1 beyond this season. The upcoming crop of quarterbacks that will be available in the draft is lackluster. Many of the top prospects floundered. Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett and Ole Miss’ Matt Coral are the creams of this year’s crop, so Houston could pick either one of them or wait for a year and hope for better prospects.