Texans QB Davis Mills reveals goal for Jaguars game

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  • Houston Texans
    Houston Texans
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  • Jacksonville Jaguars
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  • Davis Mills
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  • David Culley
    David Culley
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HOUSTON — Rookie quarterback Davis Mills had a sufficient outing against the Seattle Seahawks that earned the respect of future Hall-of-Famers Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson. Mills threw for a career-high 331 yards while completing 67.4 percent of his passes during the Houston Texans’ 33-13 loss on Sunday.

Mills’ play against the Seahawks was the third time in his short career that he eclipsed 300 yards in passing, and the fourth time he recorded a passer rating of 93.0 or above.

But each time Mills has had a suitable day, an inadequate performance is sure to follow for the previous week. And with the Texans traveling to TIAA Bank Field to take on the 2-11 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, coach David Culley believes it takes a total team effort for Mills to string together back-to-back adequate games.

“He has to get us in the end zone in the second half,” Culley said ahead of practice on Wednesday. “But we around him, we have to do the things that we did in the first half to give him an opportunity to do so. We do not give him an opportunity to be able to get us down the field and do the things in the passing game that we did in the first half.”

Culley also attributed the Texans’ inefficient run game as a part of Mills’ inability to sustain his level of prominent quarterback play.

In the four games Mills recorded a passer rating of 93.0 or above, he averaged RTG of 55.1 amidst throwing for a total of 465 yards and six interceptions in the three games that followed.

The most significant decline from week to week for Mills took place during the Texans’ back-to-back losses to the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.

Against the Patriots, Mills recorded a then-career best of 312 yards and three touchdowns and did not commit a turnover. The following week versus the Colts, Mills recorded 243 yards and passing and threw two interceptions with no touchdown thrown.

But instead of placing the blame on the Texans’ offensive limitations, Mills has taken accountability in hopes of enhancing his play to become more consistent as a starting quarterback.

“I have to continue protecting the football,” Mills said. “I have to make smart decisions — make quick decisions — and also just find ways to get the ball in the end zone.”

“I think just being patient. The shots will come, but most of it is just taking what the defense will give you, and if you have to take some passes under the defense, they will eventually dive down on it and you’ll be able to get in behind them.”

The objective for Mills in his first game against the Jaguars on Sunday is to execute his job to the best of his ability and find ways to score more points for the Texans.