T. J. Yates
Yates in 2015
|No. -- – Free agent|
|Date of birth:||May 28, 1987|
|Place of birth:||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||217 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Marietta (GA) Pope|
|NFL Draft:||2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 152|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Taylor Jonathan "T. J." Yates (born May 28, 1987) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at North Carolina and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills.
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. He was a member of the Alpha Tau chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity there. Yates currently holds the school records for total career passing yards and single-season passing yards, having broken records set by predecessor Darian Durant during his time at North Carolina.
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, throwing 8-15 for 70 yards and a fumble. Yates made his first career start in the next game against the Atlanta Falcons, throwing 12-25 for 188 yards and a touchdown. Yates also became the first ever former University of North Carolina player to start an NFL game at quarterback. 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 by a score of 20–13.
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 2013 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.
On June 18, 2014, Yates was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in return for linebacker Akeem Dent. On September 18, 2014, when the Falcons built a 49–0 lead against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Yates had his only playing time of the season, throwing 3-4 for 64 yards and 1 interception. He was released by the Falcons on September 4, 2015, as part of their final roster cuts.
Second stint with Houston Texans
Yates was signed by the Texans on October 27, 2015, after the team cut quarterback Ryan Mallett.  He was signed to serve as a backup to Brian Hoyer. After Hoyer went out with an injury during a November 16 game against Cincinnati, Yates replaced him in the third quarter, and eventually won the game 10–6 over the Bengals. In the game, Yates completed 5 of 11 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. On December 20, Yates suffered a torn ACL in a game versus the Indianapolis Colts. On December 21, 2015 Yates was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL, ending his season.
Yates was signed by the Miami Dolphins on December 13, 2016 after an knee injury to Ryan Tannehill. After Matt Moore was hit hard by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree in the AFC Wild Card game on January 8, 2017, Yates appeared for one snap but Moore then returned to the game.
Regular season statistics
- Player Bio: TJ Yates, Tarheelblue.com.
- Yates Selected To NFLPA All-Star Game, TarHeelBlue.com, January 18, 2011.
- "T.J. Yates: Game Logs at NFL.com (2011)". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
- "Matt Leinart done for season". ESPN. November 28, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 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.
- "Buccaneers vs. Falcons - Game Recap - September 18, 2014 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
- "T.J. Yates: Game Logs at NFL.com (2014)". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
- "Falcons Down to a 67-Man Roster". AtlantaFalcons.com. October 4, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
- "Texans release Ryan Mallett, sign T.J. Yates". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
- Yahoo Sports
- RotoWired Staff (December 21, 2015). "Report: Texans' T.J. Yates has torn ACL". Retrieved December 21, 2015.
- "PRESS RELEASE: Dolphins Make Roster Moves". MiamiDolphins.com. December 13, 2016.
- Breech, John (January 8, 2017). "Dolphins QB Matt Moore gets destroyed on illegal hit by Steelers LB". cbssports.com. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
- Brown, Chris (September 5, 2017). "Bills add DT Cedric Thornton; re-sign S Anderson". BuffaloBills.com.
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