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T.J. Yates | Quarterback

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/28/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217
College: North Carolina
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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. Mar 9 - 10:13 PM

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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

Speaking Monday, Texans interim coach Wade Phillips left the door open for T.J. Yates to start in Week 17.

The Texans have seen all they need to see of Matt Schaub, while Case Keenum (thumb) is still questionable. The Texans clearly have little faith in the third-year pro who somehow led them to a 2011 Wild Card victory, but they have nothing to lose by trotting Yates out for a meaningless Week 17 game against the Titans. A decision should be made by Wednesday.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 05:17:00 PM

Texans declared QB T.J. Yates, DE Tim Jamison, OG Alex Kupper, LB Ricky Sapp, OG Cody White, OT Andrew Gardner and S Jawanza Sterling inactive for Week 13 against the Patriots.

It's a quiet list for the Texans, who enter Week 13 relatively healthy despite their abysmal record. The main question is how things will shake out at running back. Ben Tate will "start," but will have to be on his game early if he doesn't want to cede significant work to Dennis Johnson for the second consecutive week.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 11:46:00 AM

T.J. Yates completed 12-of-17 passes for 98 yards and two interceptions in relief of an injured Matt Schaub (lower right leg) in Houston's Week 6 loss to the Rams.

Schaub had his lower right leg or ankle rolled up underneath Chris Long in the third quarter. Yates came in and threw a 98-yard pick-six on his first drive. On the very next possession, Yates tossed a brutal end-zone interception to Janoris Jenkins. Schaub wanted to go back in the game and remained on the sideline for much of the remainder of the game, so he may be able to give it a go next week in Kansas City. It's clear that Yates is a significant downgrade.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 04:19:00 PM

T.J. Yates has officially been named the Texans' No. 2 quarterback.

Yates got all he could handle from Case Keenum — not a particularly good sign — but will live to see another day as Matt Schaub's backup. Yates has vanishingly little value in Dynasty leagues.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 02:44:00 PM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein believes Texans backup QB T.J. Yates has failed to distance himself from Case Keenum and Stephen McGee in training camp.

It's not a good sign for Yates, who has limited arm talent and athleticism. We've seen Zierlein previously hint Yates could lose the backup job to noodle-armed Keenum. Ultimately, Zierlein expects Yates to be "handed" the No. 2 position because he's started NFL games. He's just not Houston's QB of the future.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 06:30:00 PM

T.J. Yates completed 17-of-35 passes for 184 yards and three interceptions as the Texans fell to the Ravens in the Divisional round.

Yates led a handful of impressive, chain-moving drives, but the Ravens were there to capitalize every time he messed up. The fifth-round rookie has a habit of telegraphing throws, and Lardarius Webb picked Yates off twice after he stared down Andre Johnson. Yates' third interception, also intended for Johnson, was read perfectly by Ed Reed late in the fourth quarter and all but sealed the loss for Houston. Yates is a promising young player and potential high-grade long-term backup, but he's not going to pose any challenge to Matt Schaub's starting job in 2012 training camp.
Sun, Jan 15, 2012 04:54:00 PM

T.J. Yates completed 11-of-20 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown against the Bengals in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

The first rookie drafted after the fourth round to start a playoff game, Yates was outplayed by Andy Dalton early on before settling down for an efficient final two quarters. Boosted by a strong running game and the Texans' trademark play-action game plan, Yates finished with a more than respectable 8.0 YPA and 97.7 passer rating. The sledding gets much tougher against the Ravens' swarming front seven next Sunday.
Sat, Jan 7, 2012 08:02:00 PM

T.J. Yates (shoulder) and Andre Johnson (hamstring) are both active for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Bengals.

Third-string QB Jeff Garcia is inactive, suggesting the Texans are not at all concerned with Yates' separated non-throwing shoulder. Johnson, Houston's first-round pick in 2003, is active for the first playoff game in franchise history after turning in a setback-free performance in Week 17. However, coach Gary Kubiak has said he may be limited to 45-50 snaps. Also inactive for the Texans are WR Jeff Maehl, TE Garrett Graham, OT Andrew Gardner, G Thomas Austin, CB Brandon Harris and S Troy Nolan.
Sat, Jan 7, 2012 03:13:00 PM

T.J. Yates is not expected to be affected by his separated non-throwing shoulder in Saturday's Wild Card game against the Bengals.

Yates turned in a full week of practice, and was able to avoid a setback. There have been no indications he'll be a short leash despite veteran Jake Delhomme's solid fill-in performance against the Titans in Week 17. Playing without Andre Johnson, Yates completed 26-of-44 passes for 300 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Houston's Week 14 win over Cincinnati.
Sat, Jan 7, 2012 01:42:00 PM

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