No. 4 Texans player to watch vs. Jaguars – Brandin Cooks, WR
As bad as the Jaguars roster is, the Texans’ is arguably worse. Then again, Brandin Cooks is better than any receiver Jacksonville has. In their first meeting this season, the 2014 first-round pick cooked the Jags’ secondary for 132 yards on five receptions.
For the year, Cooks has hauled in 73 catches for 843 yards and took three trips to the end zone, which isn’t bad when you take into account the Texans’ offense is in the cellar of the league in points scored.
No. 5 Texans player to watch vs. Jaguars – Davis Mills, QB
Davis Mills is not the reason the Texans are 2-11. By all accounts, the rookie out of Notre Dame has been serviceable, completing 65.8 percent of his pass attempts for 1,737 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. Moreover, he could be the answer at quarterback if he plays well down the stretch. He’s still looking for his first career win in the NFL and he could get it in Week 15 if the Jaguars’ defense underestimate him. As announcer Chris Berman recently said, “the Jags are like chicken soup, you need them if you’re ill“.
It’s not surprising that head coach David Culley named Mills the starter for the remainder of the season, as the Texans’ brass surely wants to see what they have in him. The problem is that it’s difficult to assess his performance without a better supporting cast. Mills’ numbers would probably be better if he had more weapons at his disposal.