T. J. Yates

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T.J. Yates
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Yates with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015
No. -- Free agent
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-05-28) May 28, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Indianapolis, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Marietta (GA) Pope
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 152
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Pass completions: 132
Pass attempts: 227
Percentage: 58.1
TDINT: 6–8
Passing yards: 1,534
Passer rating: 72.8
Player stats at NFL.com

Taylor Jonathan "T. J." Yates (born May 28, 1987) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina.

Early years[edit]

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.[1]

College career[edit]

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 and single-season passing yards, having broken records set by predecessor Darian Durant during his time at North Carolina.[2]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Attempts Completions Completion % Yards TDs INT
2006 North Carolina
Redshirt
2007 North Carolina 365 218 59.7% 2,655 14 18
2008 North Carolina 135 81 60.0% 1,168 11 4
2009 North Carolina 355 214 60.3% 2,136 14 15
2010 North Carolina 422 282 66.8% 3,418 19 9
College Totals 1,277 795 62.3% 9,377 58 46

Professional career[edit]

Houston Texans[edit]

Yates in training camp on August 9, 2011.

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.[3][4] Yates made his first career start in the next game against the Atlanta Falcons, throwing 12-25 for 188 yards and a touchdown.[3] Yates also became the first ever former University of North Carolina quarterback to start an NFL game.[5] Yates started his second game on December 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Yates completed 26-of-44 passes for 300 yards.[3] 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.[6][7][8][9] 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.[10] 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).[11] 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 2013 season, throwing two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.[12] Yates ended 2013 completing 15 of 22 passes for 113 yards and 2 interceptions,[13] while also being third on the depth chart behind Schaub and Keenum.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On June 18, 2014, Yates was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in return for linebacker Akeem Dent.[14] 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.[15][16] He was released by the Falcons on September 4, 2015, as part of the final roster cuts.[17]

Second stint with Houston Texans[edit]

Yates was signed by the Texans on October 27, 2015, after the team cut quarterback Ryan Mallett. [18] He was signed to serve as a backup to Brian Hoyer. After Hoyer went out with an injury during a November 16th 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.[19] 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.[20]

Regular season statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Played Games Started Attempts Completions Completion % Yards TDs INT Carries Yards Avg TD FUM FUM Lost Rating
2011 Houston Texans 6 5 134 82 61.2% 949 3 3 14 57 4.1 0 5 3 80.7
2012 Houston Texans 4 0 10 4 40% 38 0 1 2 −1 -.5 1 2 1 11.7
2013 Houston Texans 3 0 22 15 68.2% 113 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 42.4
2014 Atlanta Falcons 1 0 4 3 75.0% 64 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 77.1
2015 Houston Texans 4 2 57 28 49.1% 370 3 1 6 0 0.0 0 1 1 80.3
Professional Totals 18 7 227 132 58.1% 1,534 6 8 23 56 2.4 1 9 5 72.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Player Bio: TJ Yates, Tarheelblue.com.
  2. ^ Yates Selected To NFLPA All-Star Game, TarHeelBlue.com, January 18, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "T.J. Yates: Game Logs at NFL.com (2011)". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Matt Leinart done for season". ESPN. November 28, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ Chris Vivlamore, "T.J. Yates makes quick rise to Texans starter", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 1, 2011.
  6. ^ YATES VOTED PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK, Cypress (TX) Times, December 17, 2011.
  7. ^ Yates voted Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, Houston Texans, December 16, 2011.
  8. ^ Texans' Yates wins NFL Rookie of the Week honors, NFL.com, December 16, 2011.
  9. ^ Rookie QB T.J. Yates rock solid in first 2 NFL starts for Houston Texans, Associated Press, December 16, 2011.
  10. ^ Duncan, Chris. Texans Win First Playoff Game, 31–10 Over Bengals, ABC News/Associated Press, January 7, 2011.
  11. ^ Rookie Quarterbacks to win playoff games. January 7, 2012.
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "T.J. Yates, QB for the Houston Texans". National Football League. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Falcons acquire QB Yates from Texans". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Buccaneers vs. Falcons - Game Recap - September 18, 2014 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-03-02. 
  16. ^ "T.J. Yates: Game Logs at NFL.com (2014)". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2016-03-02. 
  17. ^ "Falcons Down to a 67-Man Roster". AtlantaFalcons.com. September 4, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Texans release Ryan Mallett, sign T.J. Yates". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  19. ^ Yahoo Sports
  20. ^ RotoWired Staff (December 21, 2015). "Report: Texans' T.J. Yates has torn ACL". Retrieved December 21, 2015. 

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