6'4'' / 225 lbs
Coach DeMeco Ryans named C.J. Stroud the Texans' starting QB on Sunday, per Deepi Sidhu of the team's official site. As a result, Mills is slated to open the coming season as Houston's No. 2 signal-caller.
Though Stroud and Mills began training camp splitting first-team reps, Stroud (the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft) subsequently took them over, setting the stage for Sunday's announcement. Since entering the league as a third-rounder in 2021, Mills has logged 26 regular-season starts, including 15 last season, but he'll now move into a backup role behind the franchise's high-profile rookie QB.
Fantasy Points by Week 2022
Weekly Stats 2022
|Fantasy Points||Betting||Passing Stats||Rushing Stats||Advanced Passing Stats||Targets|
|1 IND||Dome 88°||15.5||18th||7.0||45.5||37||23||240||2||0||62.2||98.9||2||-1||0||7||73%||50%||26%||57%||27%||14%|
|2 @DEN||Outdoor 79°||7.2||29th||10.5||45.5||38||19||177||0||0||50.0||63.2||2||1||0||5||55%||25%||19%||61%||11%||26%|
|3 @CHI||Outdoor 65°||9.8||27th||3.0||40.5||32||20||245||1||2||62.5||70.4||0||0||0||5||63%||50%||39%||47%||22%||28%|
|4 LAC||Dome 78°||13.8||19th||5.5||45.5||35||26||246||2||2||74.3||88.5||0||0||0||5||80%||50%||26%||46%||31%||23%|
|5 @JAC||Outdoor 87°||5.8||31st||6.5||44.5||24||16||140||0||0||66.7||81.9||2||2||0||4||71%||100%||30%||50%||33%||17%|
|7 @LV||Dome 65°||18.1||8th||7.0||45.5||41||28||302||2||1||68.3||95.8||0||0||0||4||73%||100%||21%||37%||42%||20%|
|8 TEN||Dome 75°||8.9||25th||1.5||40.5||29||17||152||1||1||58.6||69.9||3||8||0||5||62%||50%||29%||38%||31%||31%|
|9 PHI||Dome 77°||12.0||18th||13.5||43.5||22||13||154||2||2||59.1||72.9||3||18||0||5||59%||100%||43%||55%||14%||27%|
|10 @NYG||Outdoor 50°||14.8||21st||5.0||40.5||37||22||319||1||1||59.5||85.3||0||0||0||6||62%||33%||22%||73%||16%||11%|
|11 WAS||Dome 51°||9.8||21st||3.0||40.5||33||19||169||0||2||57.6||46.1||5||10||1||2||64%||0%||21%||64%||12%||21%|
|14 @DAL||Dome 53°||5.2||27th||17.5||44.5||21||16||175||0||1||76.2||80.5||1||2||0||7||76%||67%||9%||67%||14%||5%|
|15 KC||Dome 50°||18.9||11th||14.0||49.5||24||12||121||2||0||50.0||92.5||5||21||1||6||58%||25%||21%||42%||21%||33%|
|16 @TEN||Outdoor 22°||9.9||24th||3.0||35.5||28||17||178||1||1||60.7||76.2||4||8||0||7||61%||40%||12%||57%||14%||21%|
|17 JAC||Dome 70°||9.4||22nd||3.5||43.5||40||22||202||0||0||55.0||69.0||4||33||0||4||58%||13%||16%||43%||33%||20%|
|18 @IND||Dome 36°||22.5||2nd||3.0||38.5||38||22||298||3||2||57.9||87.4||1||6||0||8||58%||67%||20%||37%||26%||32%|
Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022
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Career Stats by Season: 2021 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Passing Stats||Rushing Stats||Advanced Passing Stats||Targets|
Mills completed 9 of 12 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown but lost a fumble in Thursday night's 20-9 win over the Patriots in the preseason opener.
Mills entered the game after rookie first-round C.J. Stroud played Houston's first two drives and finished with just two completions for 13 yards and an interception. Although Mills moved the ball better in his four series under center, including a six-yard touchdown toss to end the first half, he too committed a turnover during his time on the field. While Stroud is undoubtedly Houston's long-term plan at quarterback, Mills will nonetheless strive to eliminate similar miscues in next Saturday's exhibition outing versus Miami.
Mills did not operate with the first-team offense during 11-on11 drills for a second consecutive practice Saturday, Deepi SIdhu of the Texans' official site reports.
Mills and C.J. Stroud have been splitting reps the first week of camp, but the pattern changed Friday. That's when Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans told Sidhu that Stroud has developed since the beginning of camp. "With C.J., what I've seen is he's definitely made adjustments," the coach said. Mills will get his opportunities during Thursday's preseason opener against the Patriots, but recent events indicate Stroud has the edge in the quarterback competition.
Mills will compete with C.J. Stroud for the top quarterback job heading into training camp, DJ Bien-Aime of ESPN.com reports. "We'll see where their process goes in training camp and see as the competition continues," Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans said Tuesday. "We'll see who separates themselves."
Mills and Stroud, who was selected with the second overall pick in this year's draft, have rotated reps with the first-team offense throughout OTAs and minicamp, including Tuesday's opening day of mandatory camp. The Texans view Stroud as a franchise quarterback they've been missing since the controversy surrounding Deshaun Watson, who was traded to Cleveland last year. Quarterbacks selected in the top five of drafts typically start Week 1; 11 of 17 since 2011 have opened seasons as the No. 1 QB. Over the last two seasons, Houston ranked 31st in QBR (33.3), much of that with Mills under center. He's started 26 games for the Texans in 2021 and 2022, throwing 33 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in those starts.
The Texans aren't interested in trading Mills, who was the first quarterback through drills Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.
It's a crowded QB room with Mills (26 career starts) joined by 35-year-old Case Keenum (64 starts) and 2023 second overall pick C.J. Stroud. It's worth noting that the rookie was second through drills (ahead of Keenum) at the first day of OTAs. There's little question Stroud will take snaps this year, but it is possible new coach DeMeco Ryans gives Mills a chance to keep his starting job for at least the early portion of the season.
Mills will remain on the roster after the Texans selected C.J. Stroud with the second overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft on Thursday, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.
In theory, either Mills or Case Keenum, who was added during the offseason, could start Week 1, but neither is viewed as a long-term answer at the position. The temptation to make Stroud the Week 1 starter will be great, but so will the patience to make sure the Ohio State product is ready. A new head coach and offensive coordinator means the old offense that Mills led is not an important factor for head coach DeMeco Ryans, as he evaluates the rostered quarterbacks. If Stroud isn't under center Week 1, it's a safe bet that he'll eventually take over at some point during the season.
Mills completed 22 of 38 passes for 298 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Texans' 32-31 win over the Colts on Sunday. He also rushed once for six yards and threw a game-winning two-point conversion pass.
Mills saved his best for last, putting together his first three-touchdown tally of the campaign while falling just short of his third 300-yard effort of 2022. The second-year signal-caller even led Houston on an improbable comeback that culminated in a heave of a 28-yard touchdown toss to Jordan Akins on fourth down and a subsequent two-pointer to the veteran tight end that served as the difference in the game. Mills hit Brandin Cooks and Akins for 11- and 19-yard scores earlier in the game as well, but the young quarterback's future in Houston is somewhat uncertain, given the team has the No. 2 pick in April's draft and also may be undergoing a head coaching change this offseason.
Mills completed 22 of 40 passes for 202 yards against Jacksonville on Sunday.
It's been a brutal season for Mills, who once again rotated with Jeff Driskel (3 of 4 passing for nine yards, two carries for seven yards). When he took the snaps, Mills just couldn't get the ball downfield. The Texans play the Colts in Week 18, so Mills will look to get on track against the team he threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns against in Week 1.