Texans coach David Culley declares rookie QB Davis Mills will start against the Panthers

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The Houston Texans made it official Tuesday morning with coach David Culley declaring that Davis Mills will start against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3.

The rookie third-rounder from Stanford will get his first career start on Thursday Night Football as the 1-1 Texans host the 2-0 Panthers at NRG Stadium.

Houston is still in the mix in the AFC South. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts are each 0-2 while the Tennessee Titans are 1-1 following an overtime win at the Seattle Seahawks.

The last Texans rookie quarterback to make his first career start in prime time was Deshaun Watson. The three-time Pro Bowler will remain inactive on the Texans’ 53-man roster as Houston will likely turn to practice squad quarterback Jeff Driskel as Mills’ backup.