Last season, he filled in for Tyrod Taylor, who suffered a hamstring injury.
He played 13 games and finished with 2,664 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The Stanford alumnus also holds the franchise’s rookie records for passing yards and completion percentage (66.8).
He is also the first rookie quarterback to throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns against the New England Patriots during the Bill Belichick era.
Therefore, it was a no-brainer that he would be the team’s starter for the 2022 season.
However, he is not banking on his achievements last season to prove that he deserves the role.
Davis Mills with the laser TD 🎯
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 26, 2022
The NFL on ESPN account shared a video of his touchdown pass during their preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Facing third-and-goal at their 16-yard line, Mills lined up on a shotgun and found Chris Moore, who was streaking to the middle of the field.
Mills threw a laser through multiple defenders to extend their lead to 13-0.
Mills Need More Firepower Around Him
Doing more of those will give the Texans more victories than their 4-13 slate last season.
But Mills could use an upgrade of the talent around him to improve their winning chances.
Luckily, he has a reliable target in Brandin Cooks, who has six 1,000-yard totals in eight seasons, including 1,037 last year.
But after him, the Texans need another steady contributor.
Moore could be that guy as he tries to improve on his 227 yards and two touchdowns last season.
Nico Collins should also offer more than his 446 yards and a touchdown last year.
There’s also Chris Conley, who had 323 yards and two touchdowns in 2021.
Mills must find a way for his receivers to succeed, and throwing bullet passes could help.