C.J. Stroud began each preseason game for the Texans this 12 months. Now, the rookie will formally be underneath middle when the actual video games start. Instantly following Houston’s preseason finale Sunday, coach DeMeco Ryans introduced that Stroud, who was drafted No. 2 general in April, would be the crew’s beginning quarterback when the Texans start their common season Sept. 10.
Houston entered Sunday’s exhibition, a 17-13 win over the Saints, because the final crew and not using a declared beginning QB for Week 1 (except for the Cardinals, who have not named a Week 1 starter however do have an injured Kyler Murray as QB1). Ryans additionally marketed an open competitors with third-year reserve Davis Mills all through the summer time. However Stroud closed coaching camp taking all the Texans’ first-team reps at QB, with all indicators pointing towards the rookie manning the highest job out of the gate.
The 21-year-old Stroud joins the Panthers’ Bryce Younger and Colts’ Anthony Richardson as rookie QBs set to begin instantly. He is additionally the fourth totally different Week 1 beginning QB for Houston in 4 years, following Mills in 2022.
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The Ohio State product performed two collection in Sunday’s preseason finale, ending 2 of 4 for 16 yards and a landing, although at the least certainly one of his incompletions — a downfield sideline strike to Nico Collins — was dropped, masking the rookie’s manufacturing.
He’ll make his regular-season debut towards the Ravens, who will host the Texans’ season opener in Baltimore at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.