Last season, the Houston Texans possessed arguably the NFL’s best quarterback in Deshaun Watson. The three-time Pro-Bowler led the league in total passing yards (4,823) and completed 70.2 percent of his pass attempts, but Watson’s MVP caliber performance did not result in many wins for the Texans. Houston ended the 2020 season with a 4-12 record.
With organized team activities underway ahead of the 2021 season, the Texans will presumably have a new starting quarterback given Watson’s fractured relationship with the team. And the quarterback likely to replace Watson come Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars is Tyrod Taylor.
In comparison to Watson, Taylor only threw for 208 yards while completing 53.3 of his passes in two games for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020.
“As far as pressure, there is no one who will put more pressure on me than myself,” Taylor said following OTA practice on Thursday. “I have high expectations for myself, and I hold myself to a certain standard. Of course, Deshaun [Watson] has played at a high level throughout his career, but the opportunity to start here is something that I look forward to.”
Tyrod Taylor, Jeff Driskel, & Davis Mills getting reps in with QB coach Pep Hamilton. #Texans pic.twitter.com/QqHYcx0QKS
— Coty M. Davis (@CotyDavis_24) June 3, 2021
By joining the Texans this offseason, Taylor will potentially have his first real opportunity as a team’s starting quarterback since 2017.
He was replaced as the Cleveland Browns’ starter in 2018 by then-rookie QB Baker Mayfield, and road the pine in Los Angeles behind Phillip Rivers (’19) and Justin Herbert (’20) with the Chargers. Over the last four seasons, Taylor has only started four games under center.
In his first few days practicing with the Texans, Taylor says Houston’s offense will give him a chance to get the ball out faster by utilizing the team’s playmakers at running back and receiver.
The 31-year-old native from Virginia says the lessons he has experience throughout his career are the reasons why he feels ready for his new opportunity in Houston. For his 10-year career, Taylor has put together a winning record of 24-21-1 as a starting quarterback.
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