It appears that competition might be one-sided.
The Texans drafted Mills with the 67th overall pick in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He got his biggest test last year as the starter and he flamed out pretty hard. Dak Prescott and Davis Mills were tied for the most intercepted passes by a quarterback in 2022, with 15 interceptions.
A recent ESPN article updated the latest on this year’s crop of first-round draft picks. Reporter DJ Bien-Aime noted that CJ Stroud’s ball placement and accuracy have been highlighted so far.
“Stroud’s ball placement has stood out throughout the spring, as his passes have rarely been off target,” wrote Bien-Aime.
Bien-Aime also discussed the impressions he is getting from Stroud when it comes to others.
To Case Keenum, he described Stroud as someone who seems like a veteran in the NFL.
“Veteran quarterback Case Keenum has been impressed with Stroud’s presence,” said Bien-Aime. “(He) said, ‘I would have thought he had been here a year. Been in the league, been a four-, five-year vet.’”
“Stroud has yet to run exclusively with the first-team offense as he has split reps with Davis Mills,” Bien-Aime said. “But it’s only a matter of time.”
Stroud showed off his arm talent in his two seasons while starting at Ohio State. During his two seasons as the Ohio State starter, Stroud finished his college career with 8,123 passing yards, a 69.3 completion percentage, 85 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.
Barring Mills completely overshadowing Stroud the rest of the preseason, it’s hard to envision the Texans starting anyone but Stroud at quarterback.
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