Tyrod Taylor Named Texans' Starting QB vs. Dolphins over Davis Mills

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVNovember 4, 2021

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Houston Texans on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on October 3, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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The Houston Texans named Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback for Week 9's game against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.

"He's healthy. He's our starting quarterback," Texans coach David Culley told reporters.

Taylor has been out of the lineup since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 2. Rookie Davis Mills has started in his place, losing six straight games.

Taylor was off to a promising start to the 2021 season before his injury, throwing for 416 yards and three touchdowns without an interception while adding another 55 yards and a score on the ground. The Texans are Taylor's fifth NFL team and he's had a moderate amount of success in every stop, but his 2015 to 2017 run in Buffalo was the only time he's been a starter for an extended period.

Safety Justin Reid called Taylor's return a "breath of fresh air."

The Texans are clearly building for the future, and Taylor isn't their long-term option under center.

That said, fantasy managers who are in a pinch could insert Taylor into their lineups and expect relatively consistent performances because of his running ability. Playing against a 1-7 Dolphins team is also a strong first matchup to have him back.