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Report: 2nd-round Texans rookie QB Davis Mills "should play at some point" in 2021

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5/18/2021 6:00:51 PM
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Amidst all the confusion and uncertainty revolving around the Houston Texans quarterback position this offseason, rookie second-round pick Davis Mills "should play at some point" during the 2021 season according to Aaron Reiss of The Athletic.

Reiss argues Tyrod Taylor is the team's best option to start Houston's doomed 2021 campaign because his scrambling ability will allow him to extend plays behind a shoddy offensive line and his veteran leadership will prove valuable on a team full of inexperienced players on short-term deals. But Taylor is likely to cede starting duties to former Standford QB Mills after the Texans' season is officially a wash, in hopes the team can evaluate the rookie signal caller in game action. Taylor, of course, has been benched on each of his past three teams -- last year losing the Chargers' starting job to Justin Herbert after a team doctor punctured Taylor's lung with a painkiller shot. Taylor's lack of downfield aggression could deflate Brandin Cooks' fantasy upside. A mere 6.4 percent of Taylor’s throws as Buffalo's starter were more than 20 yards downfield, according to Sportradar, about half the rate of Deshaun Watson. It would be borderline shocking if Taylor started half of Houston's games in 2021.

Interestingly, Reiss does not even consider DeShaun Watson in his evaluation.  Watson had famously declared he would not play for the Texans organization again and demanded a trade even before the multiple civil suits alleging sexual misconduct were filed against him.  The NFL is conducting an investigation and most observers believe Watson will be suspended for at least part of the 2021 season regardless of the outcome of the lawsuits.  At this point, it appears certain that the next time Watson runs onto an NFL playing field he will be doing so in a different uniform.


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