David Culley is hearing more from Tyrod Taylor.
The Texans head coach said the normally reserved quarterback has spoken up more than when the two were in Buffalo together in 2017. Culley was Taylor's quarterback coach with the Bills that season and Buffalo went to the playoffs. He'll start this Sunday for the Texans against the Jaguars and Culley has liked the leadership Taylor's shown, thus far, in Houston.
"He's been a lot more vocal than I ever remember him being," Culley said Monday. "That's been a positive for us."
Taylor started all three preseason games this August, and in limited time, he completed 12-of-18 passes for 81-yards. He wasn't out there much during the games, but he's still confident about the direction in which the offense is headed.
"I feel good about it," Taylor said. "There's always room to grow. Chemistry I think over the course of the year continues to strengthen, but I feel good about it. The guys are doing a great job of executing things coaches are putting us in position to do and things that they've been coached to do. I think that we've taken great strides in that area and we're just going to keep progressing in it."
WR Chris Conley agrees, and explained that the offense has "been progressing with Taylor in charge."
"He's a threat with his arm, his legs and with his mind," Conley said. "We fully expect him to make whatever plays are available to him. I'm sure that he'll be ready to affect the field in a bunch of different ways."
Taylor and the Texans had a walk-through inside NRG Stadium on Monday. They'll be off Tuesday, and practice Wednesday at the Houston Methodist Training Center on Wednesday.
The Texans open the 2021 regular season against Jacksonville at NRG Stadium on Sept. 12. Kickoff is set for noon on CBS and SportsRadio 610. For tickets, click here.