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Draft Scout T.J. Yates News
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.
08/05/12 - QB T.J. Yates says he feels a lot more comfortable during this training camp than last year when he was a fifth-round pick without the benefit of an offseason program because of the lockout. Yates was forced to play over the last six regular-season and two playoff games and played beyond expectations. Now, if he's forced into the lineup again, Yates says he feels more confident in the system and his ability to perform.
01/15/12 - QB T.J. Yates finally played like a rookie quarterback against Baltimore. He had been fortunate throwing only three interceptions in six starts, including the wild-card victory over Cincinnati. He didn't throw many touchdown passes, though. He got lucky a few times when possible interceptions were dropped or called back because of penalties. The 31-10 victory over Cincinnati was a good example. With the Texans leading 17-10, Yates should have been picked off by safety Chris Crocker, who dropped the ball. The Texans went on to score. Based on how close Yates had been to being intercepted, it shouldn't have been too surprising that he was picked off three times by the Ravens.
01/11/12 - QB T.J. Yates is 3-3 as a starter after the 31-10 wild-card victory over Cincinnati. Yates has thrown only three interceptions, none against the Bengals. If he can continue to protect the ball, the Texans should be able to keep the game close at Baltimore. Having Andre Johnson in the lineup gives him a comfort cushion knowing he can throw down the field. The Texans expect the Ravens to load up the line of scrimmage to stop the run and dare Yates to throw.