The Houston Texans have signed starting quarterback Davis Mills, with backup quarterback Kyle Allen stepping in for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.
The benching comes on the heels of Mills’ worst performance of the season in Sunday’s 23-10 loss to the Washington Commanders. Against the Commanders, Mills completed 57.6% of his passes for 169 yards and two interceptions, including a pick-six on the opening drive.
Texans coach Lovie Smith declined to name the starting quarterback during his Wednesday news conference, saying he didn’t want to “give an advantage to an opponent.”
NFL Network first reported that Allen would start against the Dolphins.
The Texans hoped Mills, a 2021 third-round pick out of Stanford, could become the quarterback of the future after showing promise in his rookie year. But he struggled during his sophomore year, with his completion percentage dropping to 61.9% and his passer rating dropping to 78.1, ranking in the bottom 10 in the NFL in both categories.
Mills also had an NFL-high 11 interception passes, surpassing his interception total (10) from the previous season.
The Texans hope the switch to Allen will provide a spark to an offense that ranks 32nd in total yards per game (285.9) and 26th in passing yards per game (192.2).
This is Allen’s fifth season in the NFL after spending his first four years with the Carolina Panthers and Commanders. He is 7-10 as a starter in his career with 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.