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'A Great Leader For Our Team': Texans Davis Mills Excited To Build Future With Brandin Cooks

After watching the two flourish late, the Houston Texans are hopeful for explosive plays from Davis Mills and Brandin Cooks

HOUSTON -- There's a certain level of importance for a young quarterback to have a prime receiver to begin any career. Now more than ever, the value of a No. 1 receiver in growing in the eyes of the NFL. 

Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills could be the answer long-term for stability at the position following the trade of Deshaun Watson. Year 1 was about finding a consistent pattern in a pro offense. Year 2 is about expanding on the development found toward the season's end. 

Mills, who is set to be the starter for the 2022 season, will have help from veteran standout receiver Brandin Cooks. And while the Watson-DeAndre Hopkins era brought potential, a new age of Mills and Cooks could bring that same intensity in time. 

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That season, Watson led the NFL in passing yards (4,823) while also setting the Texans' single-season in passing touchdowns with 33.

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Mills exceeded expectations for a third-round selection. He posted a 102.4 quarterback rating in the final five games while throwing for 1,258 yards and nine touchdowns against two interceptions and completing 68.7 percent of his throws. 

In part, Mills' growth could be linked to Cooks' consistency. During that span, the two connected for 295 yards and three touchdowns off 25 receptions in four games. 

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"When you look at just the production that Brandin has been able to have over the last few seasons, but also over the course of his career, he brings a certain level of paranoia for our opponents and that’s going to open up the opportunity for us to balance out our attack," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. 

The Texans are expected to target a receiver in the upcoming draft later this month despite the extension of Cooks. Currently, Houston owns 11 picks, including seven in the top 110 selections.