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Former Texans Standout Jonathan Joseph High on Davis Mills

Retired cornerback saw progress from rookie quarterback

Former Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph spent a career studying quarterbacks, so he's more than qualified to weigh in on rookie Davis Mills.

Joseph, a 15-year veteran who spent nine seasons in Houston, said on the Upon Further Review podcast that he liked what he saw out of Mills in 2021.

"You started to see as the season went on he started to get a little more comfortable, understand the offense, the way the NFL works," Joseph said. "I think that’s with anything: it takes a little time.

"Obviously every player, every situation is different. With him, he’s in a good situation. Obviously there will be a new coach coming in and hopefully he won’t have to learn a totally different scheme to put him back at Point A, starting over like a rookie again."

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