Lovie Smith on Texans quarterback Jeff Driskel: ‘Given us a spark’

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 11: Jeff Driskel #6 of the Houston Texans avoids Indianapolis Colts safety Nick Cross #20 as he scrambles at NRG Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) (Bob Levey, 2022 Bob Levey)

DENVER – For the second week in a row, quarterback Jeff Driskel ran away from the defense for a first down.

Elevated from the practice squad against the Denver Broncos to back up starter Davis Mills, Driskel played in two snaps in the Texans’ 16-9 road loss. He had a 10-yard run for a first down and handed off on one other play.  

Against the Indianapolis Colts, Driskel ran for five yards for another first down as backup quarterback Kyle Allen was inactive the first two weeks of the season. At 6′4″, 235 pounds, Driskel, 29, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds entering the NFL.

“I think every time he’s gotten in the game, preseason, the two regular season games, limited amount of action, he’s given us a spark,” Texans coach Lovie Smith said. “That’s exactly why we inserted him into the game is what we’ve gotten from him. We like what he’s done.”

Driskel briefly played tight end last season before breaking his collarbone against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Previously with the Broncos, Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals, Driskel has passed for 2,120 career yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has rushed for 324 yards and three touchdowns.

Aaron Wilson is a Pro Football Network reporter and a contributor to KPRC 2 and click2houston.com.