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Draft Scout T.J. Yates News
03/09/15 - QB T.J. Yates, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract to stay with the Falcons Monday (March 9).
Yates was acquired in a trade last season with the Houston Texans. He gives the Falcons a veteran backup to starting quarterback Matt Ryan.
03/04/15 - QB T.J. Yates was added last season via a trade with the Houston Texans to give the Falcons a veteran backup. He played under former Houston coach Gary Kubiak, who gave new Falcons coordinator Mike Shanahan his start in the league. There should be some system carryover for Yates. He's likely to return. He completed 3 of 4 passes for 64 yards last season.
08/29/14 - QB T.J. Yates completed 15 of 20 pass attempts for 243 yards with two touchdowns and a 148.5 passer rating. Yates' totals would top his career-best passer rating (115.6) and would rank as his second highest passing yardage total (300).
06/18/14 - QB T.J. Yates was traded by the Texans to the Falcons for LB Akeem Dent.
Yates, 6-4, 217 pounds, was originally selected by the Texans in the fifth round (152nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He completed 101 of 166 passes (60.8 percent) for 1,100 yards with three touchdowns, six interceptions, and a 71.4 passer rating in 13 career games with Houston. Yates played in six games as a rookie in 2011, including five starts, leading the Texans to a 3-3 record after throwing for 949 yards on 82 of 134 passing (61.2 percent) with three touchdowns, three interceptions and an 80.7 passer rating. He led a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives and threw for 300 yards with a pair of scores in Week 14 of the 2011 season, earning him AFC Player of the Week honors and clinching the AFC South Division title for Houston. He played in four games in 2012 and saw action in three games in 2013 as a backup.
The Marietta, Ga., native threw for 9,377 yards and 58 touchdowns while setting 37 school records during his collegiate career at the University of North Carolina. He attended Pope High School in Marietta, where he earned first-team all-region and first-team all-area honors after completing 160 of 289 passes (57 percent) for 2,305 yards, and 17 touchdowns as a senior.
The Texans announced Tuesday they were releasing Yates, but that transaction wasn't reported to the league after the Falcons expressed interest.
Dent, 6-1, 239 pounds, was originally selected by the Falcons in the third round (91st overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played in 47 games with 20 starts totaling 130 tackles (87 solo), with 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and three passes defensed in three seasons in Atlanta.
08/29/12 - QB T.J. Yates, who entered last season as a third-stringer destined to carry the clip board all season, performed above expectations leading the Texans to the playoffs and their first postseason victory. He hasn't played as well in preseason as the coaches wanted, but they believe it's more of a case of the players around him.