T. J. Yates QB HOU 17 Days

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.

T. J. Yates QB HOU 4 Months

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.

T. J. Yates QB HOU 4 Months

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.

T. J. Yates QB HOU 5 Months

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.

T. J. Yates QB HOU 8 Months

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.

T. J. Yates QB HOU 9 Months

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.

T. J. Yates QB HOU Jan 15 '12

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.

T. J. Yates QB HOU Jan 07 '12

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.

T. J. Yates QB HOU Jan 07 '12

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.

T. J. Yates QB HOU Jan 07 '12

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.