Houston Texans Make Tyrod Taylor Official As Starting Quarterback

Although Deshaun Watson remains in the final 53-man roster, he is not expected to be activated for a single Houston game this season as he fights his legal battles.

HOUSTON – Tyrod Taylor was officially named the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans and will make his franchise debut on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Tyrod Taylor will start for us quarterback, for sure,” head coach David Culley said Monday.


Although the announcement is not surprising, the Texans had declined to formalize Tyrod Taylor as their starter. AP Photo

The announcement did not come as a surprise, but Culley had declined to make it official until Monday morning.

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Quarterback Deshaun Watson is part of the Texans’ final 53-man roster, but is expected to be deactivated, healthy, for Houston game days. Watson, who asked to be traded for the team last January, faces 22 civil lawsuits for alleged sexual assault and misconduct.

The quarterback is not expected to play for Houston in 2021 despite the fact that he has not been restricted from participating in team activities or playing in NFL games.

Rookie Davis Mills, a third-round pick, will serve as the backup for Taylor. Houston also has quarterback Jeff Driskel, who spent the offseason with the Texans, is on the practice squad.

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The 32-year-old Taylor signed a one-season contract with the Texans in March after spending two years with the Los Angeles Chargers. Taylor started last regular season for Los Angeles but was sidelined the following week when a Chargers team doctor accidentally punctured one of his lungs while trying to administer a pain injection just before kickoff.

The 10-year-old veteran has made 47 career starts, throwing for 9,770 yards with 54 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, as well as rushing for 1,850 yards and 16 touchdowns in 72 total games.