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Height/Weight: 6-4/217 | Birthdate: 5/28/1987 | Birthplace: Marietta, GA, USA | Team: Atlanta | College: North Carolina | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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T.J. Yates traded for Akeem Dent


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2014) The Texans traded quarterback T.J. Yates, who was believed to be waived but apparently not, to the Falcons for linebacker Akeem Dent. The trade was announced on Thursday. 

Yates, a former fifth-round pick of the Texans, gives the Falcons some needed experience and depth at quarterback behind Matt Ryan. Playing over 13 games, including a five-week stint as the starter in 2011, the Georgia native has 1,100 passing yards and three touchdowns with a rush score and six interceptions and four fumbles lost. 

Dent is a former third-round pick of the Falcons. In 47 games (20 starts), Dent totaled 136 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and three passes defensed. 


Texans release T.J. Yates


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) The Texans released quarteback T.J. Yates, reports NFL Network. In three games last season, Yates hit 15 of 22 throws for 113 yards with two interceptions. He's accounted for four touchdowns and 10 turnovers in his three-year career.

Ryan Fitzpatrick named Texans starter


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/2014) Texans coach Bill O'Brien named Ryan Fitzpatrick the starting quarterback, the official team website reports Tuesday.

Fitzpatrick was expected to battle rookie Tom Savage for the job in training camp, but O'Brien has apparently seen enough to trust Fitzpatrick with the role now.

"He's a guy that earned the job," O'Brien said.

Savage will now compete with Case Keenum and T.J. Yates for the No. 2 job. O'Brien said "I don't know" when asked if he will carry two or three quarterbacks on the roster this season.


Texans continue to evaluate quarterbacks


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/16/2014) The Texans' quarterbacks -- all four of them between Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum -- continue to be a work in progress, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Coach Bill O'Brien said that Fitzpatrick, the expected Week 1 starter, had a "decent offseason" and has done a good job of picking a new offense. But O'Brien said the quarterback competition is wide open.

"T.J. and Case ... they've also done a good job," O'Brien said. "Savage is a rookie. He's a little bit behind. But you can see he's got some tools. He can throw the football and he works extremely hard."

The backup position is expected to come down to Keenum and Yates. But O'Brien didn't rule out Savage for the spot.

"I don't know. We'll see. We'll let it play out a little bit," O'Brien said.


Texans could cut a quarterback


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/9/2014) The Texans may enter training camp with only three quarterbacks on the roster, coach Bill O’Brien said Monday per the Houston Chronicle.

Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is the Texans' expected Week 1 starter and signed a two-year, $7 million deal this offseason. Rookie Tom Savage was a fourth-round pick and is being groomed by O’Brien to eventually take over the position.

If the Texans trim their roster either T.J. Yates or Case Keenum is expected to be the odd man out.


Texans' quarterback job is 'wide open'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Four quarterbacks have a chance to start the Texans' season opener, reports the Houston ChronicleRyan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, T.J. Yates and rookie Tom Savage are all in the running and the job is "wide open," coach Bill O'Brien said after the first day of OTAs.

"These guys are good guys, they’ve been fun to coach," O’Brien said. "(Quarterbacks coach) George Godsey’s done a great job with them. And I think they’ve enjoyed learning this offense and they’re competing. It looks like there’s good chemistry in the room, which is important in the quarterback room. I’ve been impressed with these guys, the way they work at it."


Texans select QB Tom Savage in Round 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) With the No. 135 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected quarterback Tom Savage from Pittsburgh.

The 6-foot-4, 228-pound pocket passer has the strong arm that head coach Bill O'Brien wanted in the draft. He completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,958 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2013 for the Panthers.

Savage will join a group that has Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick and T.J. Yates currently at quarterback.

Ravens could be interested in T.J. Yates, Case Keenum


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2014) The Ravens are "keeping an eye on" Texans quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Case Keenum, in case they're released following the draft, reports the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore is not committed to Tyrod Taylor as its backup quarterback.

T.J. Yates, Case Keenum will battle for one spot


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/7/2014) Texans backup quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Case Keenum are expected to compete for one roster spot this summer, the Houston Chronicle reports. The Texans figure to draft a quarterback in early May and have already signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to a contract this spring. 

Texans' O'Brien talks quarterback competition


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) The Texans are expected to draft a quarterback with the top overall pick in May's NFL draft. But whoever it is will have to compete for the job, so says head coach Bill O'Brien via the Houston Chronicle

"They've been told they're going to be given a shot to compete," O'Brien said of passers Ryan Fitzpatrick, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum. "They've all been told basically the same thing -- they're going to be given a shot to compete. We brought Fitzy in and had a good talk with him. We told him nothing's guaranteed, that he's being brought in to compete, to get better every day and try to be the starting quarterback. They all have starting experience. The deal is competition."


Texans list baker's dozen as probable for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Thirteen Texans have been deemed probable for the last game of the year, including wide receiver Andre Johnson (wrist) and quarterback T.J. Yates (back).

The other offensive probables are tight end Ryan Griffin (knee), wideout DeAndre Hopkins (ankle), fullback Greg Jones (knee) and offensive linemen Wade Smith (knee) and Derek Newton (knee).

The defensive probables are linebackers Brooks Reed (thumb), Darryl Sharpton (knee) and Justin Tuggle (elbow), backs Josh Victorian (back) and D.J. Swearinger (foot) and end Antonio Smith (knee).


Wade Phillips yet to decide on starter if Case Keenum out


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2013) Wade Phillips has yet to decide who will start at quarterback for the Texans in Week 17 at Tennessee if Case Keenum (thumb) is inactive, per the Houston Chronicle.

Phillips will choose between T.J. Yates and Matt Schaub, who completed 18 of 37 passes for 176 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Sunday loss to Denver.


Injured Texans fine for Week 16


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Texans running back Brad Smelley (back), who was listed as questionable Friday, and running back Greg Jones (knee), defensive back Johnathan Joseph (groin), linebacker Joe Mays (knee), offensive lineman Derek Newton (knee), linebacker Darryl Sharpton (ankle), defensive lineman Antonio Smith (knee), offensive lineman Wade Smith (knee), defensive back D.J. Swearinger (foot), linebacker Justin Tuggle (elbow), defensive back Josh Victorian (back), long snapper Jon Weeks (elbow) and quarterback T.J. Yates (back), who were all listed as probable, are active for Week 16 against the Broncos.

Six on Texans offense probable for Broncos battle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) The Texans have deemed six offensive players as probable for their Sunday clash against Denver, including premier wide receiver Andre Johnson (wrist).

The rest of the group consists of fellow wideout DeAndre Hopkins (ankle), fullback Greg Jones (knee), tackle Derek Newton (knee), guard Wade Smith (knee) and backup quarterback T.J. Yates (back).


Texans list Week 15 inactives


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) In addition to tight end Garrett Graham, who is out with a hamstring injury, the Texans' list of inactives for Week 15 at Indianapolis includes quarterback T.J. Yates (back), defensive back Jawanza Starling, offensive lineman Alex Kupper, offensive lineman Andrew Gardner, offensive lineman Cody White and defensive lineman Tim Jamison. Starling, Kupper, Gardner, White and Jamison are all healthy scratches.

Only two not probable on long Texans injury list


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) The Texans are quite healthy heading into their Sunday game against Indianapolis. Only tight end Garrett Graham (hamstring) and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) are questionable. The rest are probable.

The offensive probables include quarterback Case Keenum (shoulder) and running back Ben Tage (ribs). The others are fullback Greg Jones (knee), tackle Derek Newton (knee), guard Wade Smith (knee) and quarterback T.J. Yates (back). 


Healthy scratches dominate Texans inactive list


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2013) The Texans released a lengthy injury report for Week 14 against the Jaguars, but only one injured player ended up among the team's inactives Thursday.  Defensive back Jawanza Starling (foot) was unable to play through his injury, but the rest of the inactive list featured healthy scratches.

Quarterback T.J. Yates, linebacker Ricky Sapp, defensive lineman Tim Jamison, and offensive linemen Alex Kupper, Andrew Gardner and Cody White make up the remainder of the list. 


Texans list Week 13 inactives


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Texans safety Jawanza Starling (hamstring), tackle Andrew Gardner, defensive end Tim Jamison, guard Alex Kupper, outside linebacker Ricky Sapp, guard Cody White and quarterback T.J. Yates were among the team's inactives Week 13 vs. New England.

Texans list Week 12 inactives


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson (ribs), cornerback Elbert Mack (hamstring), safety Jawanza Starling (hamstring), quarterback T.J. Yates, tackle Andrew Gardner, guard Cody White and defensive end Tim Jamison were among the team's inactives Week 12 vs. Jacksonville.

Texans release inactive list Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) The Texans unveiled their injury report for Week 11 against the Raiders, and it came with little in the way of surprises.  Among the seven players who did not take the field, only two were not listed on Friday's injury report: quarterback T.J. Yates and guard Cody White.

The injured Texans who were unable to suit up are: tight end Ryan Griffin (concussion), linebackers Mike Mohamad (hamstring) and Joe Mays (knee, abdomen), and defensive backs Kareem Jackson (chest) and Elbert Mack (hamstring, groin). 


Texans inactives Week 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Texans QB T.J. Yates, RB Arian Foster, ILB Mike Mohamed, RB Ray Graham, T Andrew Gardner, G Cody White and DE Tim Jamison are inactive Week 10 against the Cardinals.

Foster is dealing with a back injury, which could keep him out for the rest of the season. He and Mohamed were listed as out on the team's injury report Friday.


Texans announce Week 9 inactives


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) The Texans listed seven players as inactive for their game against Indianapolis: running backs Ray Graham and Deji Karim, quarterback T.J. Yates, defensive end Tim Jamison, guard Cody White, offensive tackle Andrew Gardner and linebacker Jeff Tarpinian.

Change for Texans doesn't change status of T.J. Yates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2013) Texans backup quarterback T.J. Yates will remain the backup despite Matt Schaub being ruled out for Sunday with an injury. Gary Kubiak has chosen never-used Case Keenum to start over Yates in Kansas City.

Yates was unimpressive in taking over for Schaub in Week 6 against St. Louis. He completed 12 of 17 passes for just 98 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also sacked twice and fumbled.


Texans quarterbacks are Fantasy poison in Kansas City


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2013) Let's make this simple. It doesn't matter which of the three quarterbacks plays for the Texans in Kansas City on Sunday. Fantasy owners shouldn't have any of them in their lineups.

Starter Matt Schaub has been a pick-prone train wreck most of the year and is dealing with a foot injury. Neither T.J. Yates or Case Keenum has proven enough in the NFL to earn enough trust to even be picked up off the waiver wire.

Add all that to the fact that the undefeated Chiefs are ranked first in the NFL in points allowed (65), turnovers (18), interceptions (10) and passing yards yielded per attempt (4.6) and it becomes clear that no Houston quarterback is worthy of Fantasy attention in Week 7.

It would be wise to leave Schaub on your bench even if deemed healthy enough to play.


Texans to make QB decision at end of week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2013) Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday "we probably got a little bit lucky there" when talking about the leg injury quarterback Matt Schaub sustained Sunday against the Rams.

"Matt is getting injections as we speak. Leg, ankle, everywhere," Kubiak said.

Kubiak wouldn't rule out Schaub for Week 7 at Kansas City. However, he said he will evaluate Schaub by the end of the week to see if he can start Sunday. Kubiak added both backup quarterbacks -- T.J. Yates and Case Keenum -- will prepare this week.