Jeff Driskel

Houston Texans
Quarterback #3
Houston Texans
Quarterback #3

Jeff Driskel News

Still part of gameplan

Driskel completed three of four passes for nine yards and ran twice for seven yards in Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Jaguars in Week 17.

Analysis: Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton continued to work the two-quarterback system with Driskel and Davis Mills, which yielded good results Week 14 when the Texans nearly upset the Cowboys, but the surprise factor waned in successive weeks. As Jacksonville built a 28-0 lead, Houston averaged 2.1 yards per play with Driskel under center compared to 4.9 yards with Mills, per Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle. Neither Driskel nor Mills were effective, and it appears the organization will be looking for a quarterback in the draft.

Jan 2, 2023 7:24 AM EST

Still in mix at QB

Driskel completed three of four passes for 40 yards, gained two yards on two carries and caught his lone target for four yards in Saturday's 19-14 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Driskel was once again in the mix at quarterback and sometimes in a two-quarterback system along with Davis Mills. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton ditched the even split between the two that was deployed two weeks ago against Dallas, but Driskel continues to spot in at times to keep defenses guessing.

Dec 26, 2022 6:29 AM EST

Cedes most work to Mills

Driskel completed two of four passes for eight yards and rushed four times for eight yards in the Texans' 30-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: Driskel once again worked in conjunction with Davis Mills at quarterback, but the latter put up 24 pass attempts to Driskel's four. The versatile signal-caller appears likely to continue to cede the majority of passing work to Mills in a Week 16 road battle versus the Titans on Saturday afternoon.

Dec 18, 2022 2:40 PM EST

Signed to active roster

The Texans have elevated Driskel to their 53-man roster, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: This marks the fourth and final time the Texans can promote Driskel from their practice squad, which means he has earned a permanent spot on their active roster. He split snaps (33) with David Mills in the team's 27-24 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. He was primarily used as a rushing threat, recording seven carries for 36 yards. The 29-year-old also threw for 48 yards and a touchdown on 4-of-6 passing. It remains to be seen how head coach Lovie Smith will handle his quarterback situation going forward, but Driskel could be in line for a similar role as this past week.

Dec 13, 2022 5:13 PM EST

Shifts back to practice squad

Driskel reverted to Houston's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Driskel was activated from the practice squad for the third time this season Week 14. After being used sparingly as a third-down rusher in the first two games of the season, the 29-year-old played the exact same number of snaps (33) as quarterback Davis Mills, as Kyle Allen was ruled a healthy scratch. Driskel continued to play a role as a rushing threat with seven carries for 36 yards while also going 4-for-6 passing for 38 yards. This included a 28-yard touchdown connection to wide receiver Amari Rodgers. With Driskel no longer eligible to be activated from the practice squad this season, he'll now require a permanent spot on the active roster to continue suiting up for Houston. According to Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle, coach Lovie Smith indicated that he's currently unsure if the team will carry three quarterbacks or not moving forward, though he did say the team can't let its roster restrictions "stop us from fielding our best 48 players this week." Therefore, it's possible Driskel could play a similar role if Allen or Mills are ruled a healthy scratch versus Kansas City on Sunday, Dec. 18.

Dec 12, 2022 4:56 PM EST

Splits snaps with Mills

Driskel completed four of six passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Cowboys in Week 14. He added 36 rushing yards on seven carries.

Analysis: The Texans split the playing time between starter Davis Mills and Driskel, each on the field for 33 snaps. The plan caught Dallas off guard and worked... until it didn't. Houston offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton sent Driskel on the field for THE key drive of the game. The Texans, up by three late in the fourth quarter, got a turnover and took over at the Cowboys' four-yard line with a chance to go up by two scores but didn't have Dameon Pierce (ankle) available. A three-yard pass completion and two Rex Burkhead carries lost yards preceded what appeared to be Driskel turning the wrong way on 4th-and-goal, and the Cowboys stopped him from scoring. While the drive will be the topic of post-game debate, it overshadowed what had been been Houston's most productive offensive showing in four games.

Dec 12, 2022 6:53 AM EST

Activated from practice squad

Houston elevated Driskel to the active roster Saturday ahead of Sunday's contest versus Dallas.

Analysis: Driskel has not seen any action since being elevated from the Texans' practice squad for the first two games of the season. While the 6-foot-4 quarterback never attempted a pass over these appearances, he did tally two carries for 15 yards as short-yardage dual-threat while playing five offensive snaps. It's likely that Driskel could see similar usage Week 14 behind Davis Mills, who was restored to a starting role after being benched for Kyle Allen ahead of Week 13's loss to the Browns.

Dec 10, 2022 3:30 PM EST

Won't play at Chicago

Houston won't elevate Driskel from its practice squad for Week 3, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: It was previously reported by's Aaron Wilson that the Texans were expected to elevate Driskel from their practice squad for Sunday's game at the Bears, but they'll instead roll with just starter Davis Mills and backup Kyle Allen. Driskel is eligible to be elevated from the practice squad one more time this season before he would need to be signed to the team's active roster in order to play.

Sep 24, 2022 2:20 PM EST

Will be active Sunday

Houston elevated Driskel from its practice squad Friday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: It will be the third consecutive week Driskel is active for the Texans and the last time he's eligible to be elevated from the practice squad before he would have to be added to the team's active roster in order to suit up. He's played just four snaps through two weeks this year.

Sep 24, 2022 12:12 PM EST

Returns to practice squad

Driskel reverted to the Texans' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Driskel was elevated to the Texans' active roster for a second consecutive week ahead of Sunday's loss to the Broncos, and he played just three of the team's 63 offensive snaps while recording one carry for 10 yards. He'll head back to the practice squad following the game, but it's possible that he rejoins the active roster at some point.

Sep 19, 2022 2:52 PM EST

Plays three snaps

Driskel had one carry for 10 yards in Sunday's 16-9 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: For the second straight week, Driskel was on the active roster ahead of Kyle Allen. He played three snaps and had a 10-yard run on a 3rd-and-1 situation. It's unclear if starter Davis Mills were injured, would the Texans have Driskel to start a game over Allen. Driskel has been used mostly on third downs and hasn't attempted a pass yet.

Sep 19, 2022 6:56 AM EST

Elevated to active roster again

The Texans elevated Driskel to the active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Driskel has been elevated to the active roster for each of the first two games of the season. During the season opener, he got onto the field for two plays and carried the ball once for five yards. The 2016 sixth-round pick can be elevated three times on gamedays before needing to be signed to the active roster for good. Kyle Allen was inactive for Week 1 after Driskel was activated, but it's unclear if that'll be the case again in Week 2.

Sep 17, 2022 3:38 PM EST

Reverts to practice squd

Driskel reverted to the Texans' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Driskel was expected to be Houston's No. 3 quarterback, but he suited up ahead of Kyle Allen against the Colts on Sunday. The veteran quarterback saw the field two times in third-and-short situations, and he carried the ball once for five yards.

Sep 12, 2022 3:46 PM EST

Active for Week 1

Driskel was active for Week 1 against Indianapolis, getting on the field for two plays and carrying the ball once for five yards in a 20-20 tie.

Analysis: In a slightly surprising move, Driskel was activated over Kyle Allen. As a quarterback that's been used in a variety of situations by the Texans, he presents a dual threat to a defense and was on the field for a couple of third-and-short situations. His lone carry produced a first down. It's unclear if his activation was a stratagem specifically designed for the Colts or a permanent shift on the quarterback depth chart. Driskel is currently on the practice squad and can only be elevated three times for gameday, unless he's signed to the active roster.

Sep 12, 2022 6:07 AM EST

Bumps to active roster

The Texans elevated Driskel to the active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: This move may be a contingency in the event one of the Texans' top two quarterbacks Davis Mills or Kyle Allen suffers an injury during pregame warmups for Week 1 against the Colts. A decision on Driskel's availability, or lack thereof, will come about 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Sep 10, 2022 7:50 PM EST

Added to Texans' practice squad

The Texans signed Driskel to their practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Driskel was released by Houston as part of the team's final roster cuts but will return to the organization via the practice squad. It's possible that the veteran joins an active roster this year if a team needs a backup quarterback.

Aug 31, 2022 4:36 PM EST

Released by Texans

Driskel was released by the Texans on Tuesday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Driskel operated as the Texans' primary backup option to Davis Mills this preseason, but he will ultimately be a casualty of Tuesday's final cuts. The quarterback has proven to be an NFL-caliber backup option and will likely get another opportunity in the near future.

Aug 30, 2022 9:22 AM EST

Leads 10 drives

Driskel completed 16-of-26 passes for 165 yards, two touchdowns with three interceptions in Saturday's 17-13 preseason win over New Orleans. He added three carries for 17 yards.

Analysis: Starter Davis Mills played two series -- both were quick three-and-outs -- and backup Kyle Allen (illness) was not available, which afforded Driskel three-plus quarters. It was a mixed bag for the third-stringer, who was the beneficiary of three Houston takeaways but also turned it over three times himself. Asked about Driskel's performance following the game, Houston head coach Lovie Smith reaffirmed the quarterback depth chart as Mills, Allen then Driskel.

Aug 14, 2022 5:56 AM EST

In line for heavy work Saturday

Driskel will play a majority of Saturday's preseason opener against the Saints after the Texans announced Kyle Allen (illness) will not be available, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Allen normally runs with the second-team offense, but he did not participate in Thursday's evening practice session and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Davis Mills will play the first two series of the game, and Driskel will handle the rest of the contest.

Aug 13, 2022 8:16 AM EST

Remains with Texans

Driskel signed a one-year contract extension with Houston on Friday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Driskel finished 2021 on injured reserve after suffering a fractured collarbone in December, and he appeared in only one game during the campaign. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the 28-year-old will shift back to quarterback after seeing action at tight end late last season.

Mar 11, 2022 12:04 PM EST

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