Texans QB coach Pep Hamilton: Rookie Davis Mills 'shows tremendous promise'


(SportsRadio 610) -- Pep Hamilton has followed Davis Mills since he was in high school.

Nearly five years ago, Mills was the top quarterback recruit in the nation before his knee injury.

Hamilton remembers Mills' time at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Georgia. That's when he and Stanford head coach David Shaw, a friend and colleague, first started to talk about Mills.

Shaw had secured a commitment from Mills before his senior year.

"Lo and behold, I had a chance to follow his career during his time at Stanford as well," Hamilton told reporters Tuesday. "He shows tremendous promise. He’s working hard just like the rest of our guys. We’ll see. We’ll see where the skillset will take him.”

Hamilton, now in his first season as the Texans' quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, said Mills' familiarity with playing under center and processing defenses pre-snap should benefit him as a pro.

"Just that transition of taking the snap from center, dropping back and processing information can sometimes slow their curve," Hamilton said. "I do think that the things that he was introduced to at Stanford and the skillset that he developed at Stanford is going to help him to have a better chance to play winning football in the National Football League.”

For now, expect veteran Tyrod Taylor to be the Texans' starting quarterback.

The team's allowing Mills to compete without the pressure of having to play right away. Taylor's also been teammates with rookie quarterbacks who eventually supplanted him at his last two stops in Cleveland (Baker Mayfield) and Los Angeles (Chargers).

Taylor said last week his approach -- and his advice to any quarterback -- is to prepare to be the starter.

Mills, who the Texans selected No. 67 overall in this year's draft, is taking note of Taylor's professionalism and spoke at a promotional event over the weekend of looking forward to learning under the 10-year veteran.