The Houston Texans placed their belief in second-year quarterback Davis Mills. They doubled down on that belief by signing a trio of veterans with a collection of 27 career starts despite a combined 16 seasons in the NFL. Houston tripled down by not selecting a quarterback in the 2022 NFL draft.
Even though Mills is well aware of how the organization is giving him at least 2022 to be the starting quarterback, the former third-round pick from Stanford acknowledges he has to prove the club correct daily in their decision to give him the most first-team reps throughout the offseason.
“It’s awesome,” Mills told reporters Tuesday after mandatory minicamp at Houston Methodist Training Center. “I still have a lot to prove. Got to go out there and win the job each and every day and put my best foot forward each and every day out here at practice. It’s exciting and I want to keep proving that to the guys.”
What proved to the Texans that Mills might be ready for the starting job is his performance in the final five games of the 2021 season. The 0-6 starter to that point rebounded with a 2-3 record and posted a 9-2 touchdown to interception ratio along with a 102.4 passer rating.
“I think experience is a big factor in how my game progressed through the last season,” said Mills. “These reps I’ve gotten in this off-season are extremely valuable and I’m excited to keep progressing. I still have a lot to prove to myself and to my teammates to go out there and win games, but we’re all excited for it, and I want to keep moving forward.”
As long as Mills keeps his focus on daily improvement, the 23-year-old should be able to seize the opportunity and solve the Texans’ quarterback problems — at least for the foreseeable future.