David Culley on Texans QB Davis Mills: 'He's very accurate, understands passing game'

Culley also said he likes Mills' experience in the play-action passing game
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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Texans head coach David Culley offered some insight into what the offense could look like in his first season.

Culley met with reporters Saturday after the second day of rookie camp and answered several questions about quarterback Davis Mills, who the Texans selected with their first pick in the third round of the draft.

Culley spoke of quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton's familiarity with Mills' college background at Stanford, having coached there with David Shaw.

The Texans' coach also seemed to appreciate Mills' skillset, mentioning his accuracy and experience with the play-action passing game.

"The one thing we liked about him - and Pep talked about this when we were sitting down with (general manager) Nick (Caserio) in the evaluation process - he's very accurate," Culley said. "He gets it out on time. He's very smart. He understands the passing game because they do a very good job of it there at Stanford.

"He's been in a very good play-action, run-action type pass game, which we have had a history of doing here. He fit what our model from what we wanted to have in that position."

Hamilton's imprint is all over the top of the Texans' 2021 draft class. That was Culley speaking on the Mills evaluation.

Hamilton, along with assistant wide receivers coach Ben McDaniels, also coached Nico Collins at Michigan. The Texans traded up 20 spots to draft Collins in the third round.

Culley respects Hamilton's knowledge of quarterback play, different offensive systems and his ability to teach.

"If you go back and look at all of the guys he's coached through his coaching career, you can see the one thing we loved about having Pep here is that all of those he's coached - whether they were young guys, or guys that have been in the league - they all got better. And that's all you want out of your coaches, is to get them better. And he's done that."

The offense will be a collaborative effort between Culley, offensive coordinator Tim Kelly and Hamilton. What that looks like exactly remains to be seen.

Culley, though, said Kelly's still on staff because they are like-minded.

"Basically, with some of the new guys we've brought in, it's to bring in some new ideas to basically take what Tim has been doing for the last few years and just make it better," Culley said when asked if this will be Kelly's offense. "But Tim has done a tremendous job. He knows exactly what he wants to get done in this offense. As a collective group, they've sat down and Tim has been great with this, about getting ideas from everybody in that room."