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T.J. Yates | Quarterback | #2

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/28/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (152) / HOU
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T.J. Yates completed 14-of-23 passes for 137 yards in the Texans' Week 17 loss to the Colts.
Yates made three starts in his third stint with the team, handling the final three weeks of the season after Tom Savage suffered a concussion. Yates' summer began as a coach's pet with the Bills under OC Rick Dennison but was cut at final cuts before landing in Houston in November following Deshaun Watson's season-ending torn ACL. Yates turns 31 in May and will be a free agent. He'll probably continue to hang on around the league as a clipboard-holder for his former coaches. Sun, Dec 31, 2017 03:55:00 PM

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T.J. Yates completed 7-of-16 passes for 83 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Monday's Week 16 loss to the Steelers.

Yates left the game for a drive to start the second half as he was in concussion protocol, but returned to throw for 7 yards and a touchdown. He had a pair of turnovers in the loss. The first was interception in the end zone after missing a wide open Braxton Miller in the end zone the play before and then a sack fumble in the second quarter that put the Texans in a deeper hole. The Texans finish up the season by visiting the Colts in Week 17.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 07:51:00 PM

T.J. Yates has cleared concussion protocol and has returned to Monday's game for the Texans.

After missing the opening possession of the second half, Yates is back under center. Yates will look to build on a dismal first half in which he completed just 2-of-7 passes for eight yards while taking four sacks.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 06:24:00 PM

Texans QB T.J. Yates is being evaluated for a concussion in Monday's Week 16 game versus the Steelers.

Yates suffered the potential injury with 20 seconds remaining in the first half on his fourth sack of the half. Rookie Taylor Heinicke has started the second half for the Texans.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 06:15:00 PM

T.J. Yates completed 12-of-31 passes for 128 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Texans' Week 15 loss to the Jaguars.

He predictably struggled against the NFL's best pass defense, fumbling twice and absorbing four sacks. If Tom Savage (concussion) receives medical clearance, we would expect Yates to return to the bench for Week 16 against the Steelers.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 04:45:00 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he expects T.J. Yates to start Week 15 against the Jaguars.

This always appeared to be the likely outcome after Tom Savage suffered a nasty-looking concussion against the 49ers. Yates played relatively well after entering the game, hooking up with DeAndre Hopkins for two touchdowns, but he will face a considerably more difficult test this week in Jacksonville. The Jaguars DST will certainly be highly owned in DFS.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 10:12:00 AM

T.J. Yates completed 14-of-26 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' Week 14 loss to the 49ers.

Yates also ran for 31 yards on three carries. Entering the game for a concussed Tom Savage in the second quarter, Yates did the smart thing by targeting DeAndre Hopkins early and often. He found him from seven yards out for a score before the half, and he hit him for a 29-yard touchdown just after the break. The 49ers mostly took Hopkins away after that, however, and the offense stalled. Considering how bad Savage's injury looked, Yates will likely get a start next week in Jacksonville. He obviously will not be a fantasy option in that matchup.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 05:12:00 PM

The Texans have been getting T.J. Yates first-team practice reps.

Coach Bill O'Brien downplayed the move, saying the Texans just want to "get him back into the fold of running the offense." It still suggests Tom Savage is on a short leash after his Week 9 faceplant. Yates could take over the starting role if Savage continues to struggle.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 06:36:00 PM

Texans signed QB T.J. Yates.

A fifth-round pick of the Texans in 2011, this will be Yates' third stint with the team. He played for coach Bill O'Brien's Texans in 2015, making a pair of starts. Yates spent the offseason with the Bills before getting cut. The Texans have now added Yates and Matt McGloin to Tom Savage in the aftermath of the Deshaun Watson injury. This team is going nowhere fast in the second half.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 10:31:00 AM

Bills released QB T.J. Yates with an injury settlement.

Yates suffered a concussion late in the preseason. The one-time postseason folk hero is now 30.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 07:00:00 PM

Bills placed QB T.J. Yates (concussion) on injured reserve.

Yates resumed practicing on Monday, so it's a surprising move. It's basically a way for the Bills to get Yates off the 53-man roster. He could be activated after eight weeks, or released with an injury settlement once he completes the concussion protocol.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 03:34:00 PM

Bills signed QB T.J. Yates, formerly of the Dolphins.

Yates spent most of last season out of the league before latching on with the Dolphins in December following Ryan Tannehill's ACL tear. Yates has a history with new Bills OC Rick Dennison and will help teach the offense.
Mon, Apr 10, 2017 11:58:00 AM

Free agent QB T.J. Yates visited the Bills.

Yates spent most of 2016 out of the league before signing with Miami in December. He has ties to Bills OC Rick Dennison from their time in Houston. With Buffalo expected to draft a quarterback, Yates wouldn't be more than a fallback behind Tyrod Taylor and Cardale Jones.
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 05:04:00 PM

Dolphins signed QB T.J. Yates.

Yates is finally recovered from his torn ACL. With Ryan Tannehill battling a sprained ACL and MCL, Yates will back up Matt Moore down the stretch.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 01:12:00 PM

Free agent QBs T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree worked out for the Broncos on Tuesday.

The Broncos have expressed optimism on Trevor Siemian's (foot) Week 14 status, but this indicates a level of concern. Yates broke into the league with coach Gary Kubiak, and would be a sensible one-week emergency option behind Paxton Lynch and Austin Davis.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 06:00:00 PM

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