In his six starts at home this season, QB Davis Mills has thrown nine touchdowns and one interception for a 106.2 rating. On Sunday, he will cap off his rookie campaign against a Tennessee Titans team looking to secure the top seed in the AFC.
"What has really started to click over the past couple weeks is on the practice field, you were able to go out and see that intelligence translate into success throughout practice," OC Tim Kelly said. "Different things that we had talked about in the meeting room, watching tape, different disguises, things along those lines, he was able to go out and execute on the field on a consistent basis. The ability for him to be able to take the information from the meeting room and be able to apply it on the field has grown over the past couple weeks. Hopefully again, he'll take another step this week."
Mills, in his most recent performance at home, completed 21-of-27 pass attempts (a career-high 77.8 percent) for 254 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 130.6 rating in the Texans' win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 26.
Among the 2021 rookie quarterbacks, Mills ranks second in passer rating (85.2), second in completion percentage (66.5 percent), second in touchdown passes (13). With his second home start in Week 5 against the New England Patriots, Mills became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to finish a game with 300-plus passing yards, three-plus passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 140.0 or higher.
"I feel like his growth has been exponential and how he goes about it is about as good as pro can do," OL Justin Britt said. "Full confidence going forward. Full confidence in the game plan, knowing that he is going to step in there and be consistent and be who he is, and we don't have to worry about that. We just have to do our job and protect him and give him a chance to throw the ball."
With 10 starts under his belt, Davis Mills leads the NFL with a red zone passer rating of 115.4 heading into the final game of his rookie season.
The Texans will close out their 2021 campaign at home against the Tennessee Titans. Sunday's kickoff is set for noon CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610. Click here for tickets.
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