Tyrod Taylor

Houston Texans
Quarterback #5
Houston Texans
Quarterback #5
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Does damage with legs

Taylor completed 14 of his 24 passes for 107 yards in Sunday's 22-13 win over the Titans. He added six rushing attempts for 28 yards and two touchdowns.

Analysis: Taylor was ineffective through the air, likely at least in part due to consistent rain throughout the game. However, he managed plenty of production on the ground, finding the end zone from seven and five yards away. Though that salvaged his fantasy performance, Taylor has completed only 38 of his 67 passes for 5.2 yards per attempt and three interceptions with no touchdowns across two games since being activated off injured reserve. That makes him a risky starting option, even given a very favorable matchup against the Jets in Week 12.

Nov 21, 2021 3:21 PM EST

Will start after bye

Taylor will be the starting quarterback when the Texans resume their season Week 11 against the Titans, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The 1-8 Texans have their bye coming up in Week 10, but it doesn't look like there will be an radical changes at quarterback when the season resumes. Taylor is coming off one of the worst performances of his career, during which he threw three interceptions, failed to get the Texans into the end zone on three red zone trips, and posted a 42.8 quarterback rating.

Nov 8, 2021 7:02 PM EST

Three picks in return to action

Taylor (hamstring) completed 24 of 43 passes for 240 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions in the Texans' 17-9 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 23 yards.

Analysis: The veteran signal-caller didn't exactly get a soft landing in his return to action despite facing a Dolphins squad that was 1-7 going in. Taylor's efficiency and passing yardage were acceptable from a fantasy perspective and he gave the offense a bit more stability than rookie Davis Mills had, but the 32-year-old still short-circuited a trio of Texans possessions with one interception deep in Dolphins' territory and another pair on Houston's side of the field. With some rust hopefully knocked off after a six-game absence, Taylor now turns his focus to improving his performance in a Week 11 battle against the Titans on Nov. 21 following a Week 10 bye.

Nov 7, 2021 1:26 PM EST

Officially activated

Taylor (hamstring) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: This was just a procedural move considering coach David Culley confirmed Thursday the veteran quarterback would start Sunday's contest against the Dolphins. Taylor was a surprisingly effective quarterback through his first two starts this season totaling 416 yards and a 3:0 TD:INT ratio while completing 70 percent of his passes prior to injuring his hamstring. He'll face off against a Miami defense that allows the second-most passing yards per game through eight weeks.

Nov 6, 2021 10:34 AM EST

Set to return in Week 9

Coach David Culley confirmed Thursday that Taylor (hamstring) will start Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Analysis: Culley noted that Taylor has suffered no setbacks with his hamstring injury, which sets the stage for the veteran QB to be officially activated off IR in advance of Sunday's contest. As a result, Davis Mills, who had been starting in Taylor's place, will revert to a backup role. In his looming return to action, Taylor -- who last suited up in Week 2 -- will be facing a 1-7 Miami defense that has allowed an average of 291.1 passing yards per game to date. Only the Ravens (296.1) have allowed more.

Nov 4, 2021 9:22 AM EST

Not returning this weekend

Coach David Culley said Taylor (hamstring) won't be activated from injured reserve for Sunday's game against the Rams, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The veteran quarterback was designated to return from injured reserve and is back at practice this week, but Culley said, "we just don't feel Tyrod is ready right now." It doesn't sound as though Taylor has suffered a setback, so there's a chance he's able to return Week 9 at Miami. Davis Mills will make another start under center for the Texans.

Oct 29, 2021 8:47 AM EST

Back at practice

Taylor (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Per Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com, coach David Culley said the plan is to ease the veteran signal-caller back into the mix. However, once he's deemed ready for game action, Culley previously stated that Taylor will reclaim the Texans' starting QB role, which has been held by Davis Mills with Taylor having been on IR.

Oct 27, 2021 10:39 AM EST

Slated to practice Wednesday

Taylor (hamstring) will return to practice Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Taylor has been on injured reserve since he suffered a left hamstring injury in Week 2, but he has a chance to return to game action Sunday against the Rams. Coach David Culley said Monday that Taylor will reclaim his job as the Texans' starting quarterback once he's cleared to play.

Oct 25, 2021 9:35 AM EST

Ready to resume practicing

Taylor (hamstring) is expected to resume practicing this week, per coach David Culley, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Taylor's availability for Houston's Week 8 matchup with the Rams will come down to how his hamstring responds in practice. Once healthy enough to play, the veteran quarterback is expected to retake the starting job from Davis Mills for a Texans team that's dropped six consecutive games since beating Jacksonville in the season opener.

Oct 24, 2021 4:43 PM EST

Progressing, but won't start in Week 7

Coach David Culley indicated Wednesday that Taylor (hamstring) could potentially log some practice time this week, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston relays via Culley that Taylor, who is still on IR, remains the Texans' starting QB when healthy, but isn't an option for the team's Week 7 assignment. As a result, for at least one more game Houston will turn to Davis Mills, who will get the nod this Sunday against the Cardinals.

Oct 20, 2021 9:16 AM EST

Making improvements

Coach David Culley said Monday things are being taken "day-to-day" with Tayor (hamstring), Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Culley had referred to Taylor as 'week-to-week' heading into last Sunday's loss to the Colts, so it would appear that he's since taken some steps in the right direction. Per Culley, the Texans will have more information Wednesday regarding whether Taylor is ready to come off IR. If Taylor isn't back in action in time to suit up at Arizona in Week 7, Davis Mills will be called upon for another start.

Oct 18, 2021 8:06 AM EST

Not ready this week

Coach David Culley noted Wednesday that Taylor (hamstring) is making good progress, but remains week-to-week, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports.

Analysis: Though Taylor isn't in line to be activated from IR this week, Culley indicated that when the veteran QB does return to the mix, he'll reclaim his starting assignment. For now though, Davis Mills will continue to helm the Texans offense this Sunday versus the Colts.

Oct 13, 2021 9:13 AM EST

Not ready yet

Coach David Culley said Monday he doesn't expect Taylor (hamstring) to be activated from IR in Week 6, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Taylor was placed on IR back in Week 3, making this the earliest possible date for his return, but it looks like the veteran signal-caller is in need of more time to rest his injury. In the meantime, rookie third-round pick Davis Mills will continue to start while looking to build upon the three-touchdown, turnover free performance he logged during Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Jeff Driskel has operated as Mills' backup, and it's still expected that Deshaun Watson remains inactive the entire season.

Oct 11, 2021 8:08 AM EST

Moved to IR

The Texans placed Taylor (hamstring) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Head coach David Culley already ruled Taylor out two days in advance of Thursday's game against the Panthers after the quarterback strained his left hamstring in Sunday's loss to the Browns, but the 32-year-old signal-caller's move to IR means he'll be sidelined through at least Week 5. Rookie third-round pick Davis Mills is the next man up on the depth chart, and if healthy, he'll presumably start at least the Texans' next three games while the organization remains content to keep Deshaun Watson inactive.

Sep 21, 2021 1:10 PM EST

Officially out for Week 3

Houston head coach David Culley ruled Taylor (hamstring) out for Thursday's game against Carolina, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Analysis: Culley's announcement comes as little surprise after Taylor sustained what's believed to be a Grade 2 left hamstring strain in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Browns, per Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston. The injury typically carries a four-week recovery timeline, so Taylor could be a candidate to move to injured reserve, which would entail an absence of at least three weeks. Third-round selection Davis Mills will step in at quarterback for his first NFL start Thursday, while the Texans plan to elevate Jeff Driskel from the practice squad to serve as the rookie's understudy.

Sep 21, 2021 8:44 AM EST

Expected to miss time

Taylor is expected to be out "for a while" due to the hamstring injury he suffered Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though not yet officially confirmed by the Texans, the QB isn't expected to play Thursday night against the Panthers and an IR stint could be in the cards for Taylor. With Deshaun Watson not an option to replace him, Davis Mills is in line to start in place of Taylor this week, at a minimum, while Jeff Driskel is a candidate to be elevated from the practice squad to Houston's active roster.

Sep 20, 2021 2:15 PM EST

No practice Monday

Taylor (hamstring) did not participate in Monday's practice.

Analysis: Taylor has been labeled day-to-day ahead of Thursday's clash against the Panthers, before which he will only have two more chances to upgrade his practice activity. Deshaun Watson has already been ruled out as a candidate to play Thursday, meaning rookie third-round pick Davis Mills will be in line to draw his first NFL start if Taylor can't go. The Texans would also likely activate Jeff Driskel from the practice squad if Taylor isn't available.

Sep 20, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Day-to-day ahead of TNF

Coach David Culley said Monday that Taylor (hamstring) is day-to-day ahead of Thursday's matchup against the Panthers, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Analysis: "If [Taylor's] ready to go, he'll play," Culley said regarding Thursday's home game against the Panthers. The veteran signal-caller completed 10 of 11 pass attempts for 125 yards and a touchdown before being forced out of Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Browns, and he also turned his lone carry into a 15-yard score. If Taylor isn't able to recover in time for a quick turnaround Thursday, rookie Davis Mills will be in line to draw his first NFL start. No matter the case, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports that Deshaun Watson will remain a healthy scratch.

Sep 20, 2021 8:23 AM EST

Iffy for Thursday

Taylor is slated to undergo an MRI on his injured hamstring, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: More should be known about the severity of Taylor's injury by Monday, but Rapoport indicates that sources tell him the veteran QB isn't expected to be able to play Thursday night against the Panthers. If that's the case, the stage would be set for rookie Davis Mills to draw his first NFL start.

Sep 19, 2021 1:54 PM EST

Injures hamstring

Taylor was forced out of Sunday's game against the Browns with a hamstring injury.

Analysis: With Taylor out of the contest, rookie Davis Mills has taken over at QB for the Texans. Prior to his exit, Taylor completed 10-of-11 pass attempts for 125 yards and a TD and ran once for a 15-yard score.

Sep 19, 2021 11:45 AM EST

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