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T.J. Yates | Quarterback | #6

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/28/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (152) / HOU
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T.J. Yates will undergo surgery to repair his torn right ACL on Monday.
Going on 29, the career No. 2/3 will be up against it to be ready for someone's training camp. Yates probably won't get a look as someone's No. 3 until the midpoint of next season. Thu, Dec 24, 2015 06:02:00 PM

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Texans placed QB T.J. Yates on injured reserve with a torn ACL, ending his season.

The 28-year-old didn't entirely embarrass himself in four appearances (two starts) with Brian Hoyer ailing, but Yates remains a low-end No. 2 quarterback in the league. The Texans will turn to Brandon Weeden under center, barring a recovery by twice-concussed Hoyer.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 04:38:00 PM

T.J. Yates suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's game against the Colts.

He's done for the year. An impending free agent, Yates is facing a 6-9 month rehab and will struggle for backup offers. With Brian Hoyer (concussion) not a lock to return next week, the Texans will likely add a quarterback behind Brandon Weeden.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 03:09:00 PM

T.J. Yates left Week 15 against the Colts with a knee injury.

Yates went down in a non-contact situation, but walked off under his own power. The Texans ruled him out for the rest of the game. Brandon Weeden replaced Yates.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 02:30:00 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien conceded Monday that Brian Hoyer (concussion, neck, wrist) is "doubtful" for Week 15 at Indianapolis.

"We have a good guy to step in," O'Brien added, referring to T.J. Yates. As Hoyer has suffered two concussions in less than a month, his rest-of-season status is in serious doubt. In a Week 11 spot start against the Jets, Yates went 16-of-34 passing for 229 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. DeAndre Hopkins dropped a 5-118-2 number on Gang Green in Yates' start.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 03:41:00 PM

T.J. Yates completed 16-of-34 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns and rushed three times for -5 yards in the Texans' Week 11 win over the Jets.

He also lost a fumble. Yates’ 47.1 completion percentage wasn’t exactly ideal but he actually did a nice job managing the game as the Texans mixed up their play-calling by running the wildcat and scoring the eventual game-winning touchdown off a flea flicker. Even with Muhammad Wilkerson in his face, Yates showed no fear. He flashed good chemistry with DeAndre Hopkins, particularly on a 61-yard touchdown off play-action in the second quarter. He wasn’t afraid to throw near Darrelle Revis, which shows that he’s either confident or oblivious. Unlike his counterpart Ryan Fitzpatrick, most of his mistakes weren't costly. It’s unclear if he’ll make another start next week against the Saints or if Brian Hoyer (concussion) will be back under center.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 04:59:00 PM

T.J. Yates completed 5-of-11 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown in relief of Brian Hoyer (concussion) in the Texans' 10-6, Week 10 win over the Bengals on Monday night.

Hoyer was concussed at some point in the third quarter and headed to the locker room late in the period. Yates came in and ended up throwing the game-winning 22-yard touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins, who made a sensational one-handed grab on the sideline over CB Adam Jones. With the Texans on a short week, Yates could be in line to start Week 11 at home against the Jets. If he gets the nod for coach Bill O'Brien's group, Yates will be a bottom-barrel QB2/3.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 11:58:00 PM

Texans signed QB T.J. Yates.

Yates will immediately slide in as Brian Hoyer's backup after the Ryan Mallett "era" was unceremoniously ended on Tuesday. A Texan from 2011-13, Yates backed up Matt Ryan in Atlanta last season. Yates somehow led Houston to a Wild Card win in the 2011-12 playoffs, but never developed. Hoyer is arguably the worst starter in the league, but Houston will be in big trouble if he gets injured.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 07:02:00 PM

Falcons released QB T.J. Yates.

Coupled with Rex Grossman's release, it means the Falcons are going with Sean Renfree behind Matt Ryan. Yates attempted four passes as Ryan's backup last season. Yates shot to fame with his 2011-12 playoff heroics, but never developed. Now 28, he's unlikely to latch on as anyone's No. 3 quarterback.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 04:29:00 PM

Falcons re-signed QB T.J. Yates to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Yates was acquired from the Texans last June and spent the season as Matt Ryan's backup, getting action on 18 snaps. He'll fill the same role again in 2015.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 10:13:00 PM

Falcons acquired QB T.J. Yates from the Texans in exchange for ILB Akeem Dent.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Yates had been cut by the Texans. A source informed Profootballtalk that once word got out around the league that the Texans were planning to waive Yates, teams started calling about a trade. In Atlanta, Yates should have the clear edge over Dominique Davis for No. 2 duties behind Matt Ryan. Also in the mix at quarterback for the Falcons are Sean Renfree and Jeff Matthews. Yates, 27, has a 2-3 career record and led the Texans to the franchise's first playoff victory in 2011. He has as many postseason wins as Ryan.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 12:43:00 AM

Texans waived QB T.J. Yates.

The move comes on the same day coach Bill O'Brien admitted Ryan Fitzpatrick was the Texans' starter. Yates was set to do battle with Case Keenum and rookie Tom Savage for No. 2 duties, and Keenum for a roster spot. Instead, the Texans chose Keenum's 2013 film over Yates' distant 2011 accomplishments, where he was at the helm for Houston's first franchise playoff victory. Yates figures to draw interest from the Ravens, who are thin behind Joe Flacco, and have Yates' former coach Gary Kubiak calling the shots on offense.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 05:57:00 PM

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens are "keeping an eye on" Texans reserve QBs T.J. Yates and Case Keenum.

Both have history with new Ravens OC Gary Kubiak from Houston, and beat writer Jeff Zrebiec believes Kubiak "would be intrigued, especially by Yates." Yates is more the classic pocket passer than Keenum, and would make for a more natural backup behind Jeff Flacco. The Ravens' current backup quarterback is Tyrod Taylor, who has struggled in the pros and may not appeal to Kubiak.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 04:32:00 PM

The Houston Chronicle expects reserve QBs T.J. Yates and Case Keenum to compete for one roster spot in training camp.

(This assumes Yates isn't gone before camp begins.) Gary Kubiak and interim coach Wade Phillips both passed over Yates repeatedly last year in Houston's QB carousel. Through three NFL seasons, Yates has a 3:6 TD-to-INT ratio and 60.8 completion rate. As rookie coach Bill O'Brien is installing a spread offense, we expect him to keep Keenum over Yates, assuming he keeps one at all.
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 11:30:00 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Texans interim coach Wade Phillips indicated T.J. Yates is not an option to start the Week 17 finale against the Titans.

"Not right now," Phillips said. After not playing at all this season and seeing very limited reps in practice as the No. 3 quarterback, it would be extremely difficult for Yates to step in. But what do the Texans have to lose? It sounds as if it will be Matt Schaub under center if Case Keenum (thumb) is unable to play. The Texans can lock up the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft with a loss.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 01:10:00 PM

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