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Yates will sign a one-year deal with the Falcons on Tuesday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
The deal will give Yates another $1.5 million to serve as the primary backup to Matt Ryan once again in Atlanta. Unless Ryan suffers an unforeseen injury, Yates is in line to see another season go by while watching from the bench.
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Yates completed 15-of-20 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars in the preseason finale Thursday.
Yates looked good, but most NFL quarterbacks should do well against second team players. He's the clear cut number two quarterback behind Matt Ryan.
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Yates completed 7-of-16 passes for 127 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Dolphins.
Yates led all Falcons quarterbacks in attempts and yards, but he was unable to lead the Falcons into the endzone. He'll continue to battle Sean Renfree for the right to back up Matt Ryan, and he'll get a chance to exact some revenge on his old team, the Texans, in the next preseason game.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.