T. J. Yates
Yates in training camp on August 9, 2011.
No. 8 Atlanta Falcons
|Date of birth:May 28, 1987|
|Place of birth: Marietta, Georgia|
|High school: Marietta (GA) Pope|
|College: North Carolina|
|NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 152|
|Debuted in 2011 for the Houston Texans|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Taylor Jonathan "T. J." Yates (born May 28, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina.
Yates played football in youth-league football. He continued playing for his 9th grade high school team and into the 2003 season until moving his focus to basketball. Yates returned in 2005, where he played quarterback and punter for Pope High School, in the north Atlanta suburb of Marietta, where he earned Atlanta Metro First-Team All-Area honors.
Yates played quarterback for the North Carolina Tar Heels at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2007 to 2010. Yates currently holds the school records for total career passing yards, single-season passing yards and single-season total offense, having broken records set by predecessors Darian Durant and Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice during his time at North Carolina. He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Yates was selected with the 152nd pick (fifth round) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He first saw action in a November 27, 2011 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars when quarterback Matt Leinart left the game with a collarbone injury. Yates made his first ever professional career start in the next game against the Atlanta Falcons and also became the first ever former University of North Carolina quarterback to start an NFL game. Yates started his second game on December 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Yates completed 26-of-44 passes for 300 yards. He threw two touchdowns and one interception and led the Texans to their tenth win, clinching a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history. For his performance in the Bengals game he was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. On January 7, 2012, Yates led the Texans to their first ever playoff win with the score of 31-10 over the Cincinnati Bengals (the same team Yates and the Texans beat to clinch their first ever playoff berth), becoming the fifth rookie quarterback to win a playoff game. The game was the first playoff game in NFL history that had two rookie quarterbacks starting for their respective teams (Andy Dalton was the other rookie). The Texans eventually lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round.
Yates began the 2012 season second on the depth chart, behind quarterback Matt Schaub, but ahead of John Beck and undrafted rookie Case Keenum. Yates replaced Schaub against the St. Louis Rams during the season, throwing two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Yates ended 2013 completing 15 of 22 passes for 113 yards and 2 interceptions, while also being third on the depth chart behind Schaub and Keenum.
Regular season statistics
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- Player Bio: TJ Yates, Tarheelblue.com.
- Yates Selected To NFLPA All-Star Game, TarHeelBlue.com, 18 January 2011.
- "Matt Leinart done for season". ESPN. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
- Chris Vivlamore, "T.J. Yates makes quick rise to Texans starter", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 1, 2011.
- YATES VOTED PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK, Cypress (TX) Times, December 17, 2011.
- Yates voted Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, Houston Texans, December 16, 2011.
- Texans' Yates wins NFL Rookie of the Week honors, NFL.com, December 16, 2011.
- Rookie QB T.J. Yates rock solid in first 2 NFL starts for Houston Texans, Associated Press, December 16, 2011.
- Duncan, Chris. Texans Win First Playoff Game, 31-10 Over Bengals, ABC News/Associated Press, January 7, 2011.
- Rookie Quarterbacks to win playoff games. January 7, 2012.
- Farrar, Doug (October 13, 2013). "T.J. Yates replaces injured Matt Schaub, throws a pick-six of his own for reeling Texans". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
- "T.J. Yates, QB for the Houston Texans". National Football League. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
- "Falcons acquire QB Yates from Texans". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014.