Several NFL teams have begun their offseason training programs and the Houston Texans decided to take the opportunity to announce their starting quarterback.
Speaking to the media on Monday, Texans head coach Lovie Smith declared that second-year quarterback Davis Mills is their starter. He praised Mills for how he organized informal throwing sessions in the offseason.
"Davis is our quarterback," Smith said, via PFN's Aaron Wilson. The announcement comes two weeks before the NFL Draft, with the Texans picking third overall and having every rookie quarterback available to select.
As a rookie in 2021, Mills played 13 games, going 2-9 as a starter. He threw for 2,664 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing over 66-percent of his passes.
Mills also had several standout performances against the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans, throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns against the two playoff teams.
Houston Texans fans aren't entirely convinced by Lovie Smith's endorsement of Davis Mills though. Some pointed out similar statements he made about Rex Grossman during his tenure with the Chicago Bears.
Grossman was the starter in Chicago for several years before losing his starting job to Kyle Orton in 2008. He would lose his roster spot in Chicago entirely the following year.
If the Texans leave the draft without taking a quarterback early, we can assume Smith is being honest. But if they take a QB in the first round, there's every reason to believe a QB controversy is brewing.
Will Davis Mills be the Houston Texans' Week 1 starting quarterback?