QB T.J. Yates - Free Agent

6-3, 219Born: 5-28-1987College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 5, pick 2011

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2017 Week 14 vs SF (14 / 26 / 175 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 31 / 0 rush)

After Savage was knocked out with a concussion, TJ Yates came in and started hot for the offense. After missing his first two passed, Yates picked a part the 49ers completing 10 of his first 16 passes for touchdowns. Yates then only completed 4 of 10 passes stalling out the offense and struggling to move the football. Yates has shown that he can come in and move the ball but there are going to have to be some tweaks to the offense to make it work if he is the choice if Savage cant make it back.

2017 Week 15 vs JAX (12 / 31 / 128 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was a complete disaster for T.j. Yates and offense throwing for 128 yards for 1 touchdowns and 1 interception. Yates struggled with reads and the offensive line did not help with protections. Yates targeted Hopkins plenty of times during the game and hit him 4 times for 80 yards. His only touchdown came on a 25 yard touchdown strike on a solid vertical route that hit him in stride. Outside of Will Fuller getting five receptions for 44 yards, Yates struggled all game to make a difference.

2017 Week 16 vs PIT (7 / 16 / 83 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

It was the worst performance by a Texans quartberack all season and T.J. Yates was missing open receivers and failing to see blitzed off the edge that led to at least 5 of the 7 sacks on the day. Yates missed a wide open Braxton Miller in the end zone and then threw an interception intended for Will Fuller from the 1-yard line. HE even left the game to be checked for a concussion but only completed 7 of his passes for 83 yards. He did hit DeAndre Hopkins for a touchdown late in the game but it was a poor outing for Yates overall.

2017 Week 17 vs IND (14 / 24 / 137 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

It started out strong for T.J. Yates in the first half strong going for 112 yards on 10 of 15 pass attempts targeting Chris Thompson and checking the ball down to Alfred Blue. After that, Yates went backward only completing 4 of the next 14 passes for 25 yards and watching the offense come to a complete stand still. He was able to make a nice pass to Thompson for 32 yards but after that, there was not much happening for the Texans on offense especially though the air.

2015 Week 10 vs CIN (5 / 11 / 69 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

He came in relief when Hoyer was knocked out with a concussion, and he had the biggest throw of the night to DeAndre Hopkins on a fade route for a 22-yard one-handed touchdown reception. He lived dangerous in his limited time late in the game and was focused on Hopkins which lead to some suspect throws. He did hit some big throws late for first downs to keep the clock ticking on throws to Nate Washington for 13 yards and Ryan Griffin for 15 yards. For only being in the offense for two weeks, Yates came in a did what he was supposed to.

2015 Week 11 vs NYJ (16 / 34 / 229 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -5 / 0 rush)

It was flashbacks to 2011 and T.J. Yates put together another big game to push the Texans into the win column. Yates lived large and went deep to DeAndre Hopkins for both of his touchdown passes. He missed Hopkins early in the 1st quarter on a double move when he beat Revis deep. He made up for it on a 61-yard deep post to Hopkins in stride when he beat Revis. Yates also hit Hopkins on a 20 yard touchdown pass down the right side of the numbers for another game changing play. Yates was not helped out early by three drops from his receivers and he played the underneath throws majority of the game. Yates had 20 throws 9 yards or less on the day and completed nine of them with his biggest throw to Cecil Shorts for 35 yards. Yates had stretches where he was living dangerous and had three consecutive plays in the second quarter that resulted in a sack, that was him holding the ball too long, and two near interceptions on wild throws. This has been Yates game as a starter, play the dump off game and swing big with deep throws and it paid off in a big way on Sunday vs. the Jets.

2015 Week 15 vs IND (6 / 10 / 68 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

If there was one player the Texans wanted for this situation it was T.J. Yates. He started slow and threw a costly interception to end the opening drive of the game trying to his DeAndre Hopkins with a back shoulder throw inside the 10 yard line when Hopkins went vertical instead. It was a miscommunication that proved costly early in the game. Yates worked primarily underneath and focused his throws on DeAndre Hopkins on early downs and went to Nate Washington on 3rd down situations. Yates' biggest gains came on pass interference calls trying to push the ball downfield and got a pass interference call on Hopkins to set up for a scoring opportunity. Yates longest throw on the day came on a 22-yard strike of Ryan Griffin coming across the field in stride. Yates had a scramble for a key first down but planted on his left leg and went down holding his left knee. Reports are saying Yates has torn his ACL and is out for the remainder of the season.

2013 Week 5 vs SF (3 / 5 / 15 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Yates came in during the fourth quarter after the 49ers took a 31-3 lead. Yates wasn't in a situation where he could impress really, but he also did nothing to really suggest that he could start next week in spite of Schaub's awful play.

2013 Week 6 vs STL (12 / 17 / 98 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Yates came in after Matt Schaub was injured in the third quarter. He initially checked the ball down, before he underthrew a pass that could have been a touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins. A few plays after that, he threw a pick six to Alec Ogletree as he telegraphed the pass by zoning in on Garrett Graham. Yates followed up one horrible interception with another as he threw the ball straight to Janoris Jenkins in the end zone on the next drive. Fittingly, Yates' day ended on a sack. He will likely take the place of Schaub if Schaub is injured, but he hasn't forced the starting spot from him by any means.

2011 Week 12 vs JAX (8 / 15 / 70 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)

Yates moved the ball well when he first came in the game before halftime, completing 3 of 4 passes to move the Texans inside the ten before being backed up on a penalty and settling for a field goal. Many of the second half play calls were ball control, avoiding situations that could lead to a turnover as the Texans were playing with a lead and a strong defense. Yates threw the ball with good pace, even when on the move. The offense faltered in the second half and struggled to convert third downs, though the running game being bottled up was the larger cause. Yates played reasonably well, but had room for improvement, failing to lead Owen Daniels enough on a key third down crossing route which gave the defender a chance to knock the ball away.

2011 Week 13 vs ATL (12 / 25 / 188 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)

It's not yet time to declare a quarterback controversy in Houston, but TJ Yates was borderline spectacular for the Texans. He showed poise under center and great pocket awareness to go with a live arm and quick feet. His best throw came on a roll out pass to Andre Johnson for a fifty yard gain. On the play, Yates actually slipped and had to recover his footing before lofting a high pass to that hit Johnson in stride over his left shoulder for a big gain. Perhaps the most impressive part of Yates's play was he licked aggressive as a passer while remaining in control of the game flow and the offense. He rarely passed the ball in to thick coverage and despite a relatively low completion percentage he avoided costly turnovers and sacks. Yates first career touchdown pass came on a quick strike from short distance to Joel Dreessen. Yates threw the pass from his back foot but it was well on-target with the kind of velocity that made the threat of a turnover minimal. Considering Yates had a single week to go from third string to starter for the playoff bound Texans, his performance was nothing short of fantastic. Yates did attempt a pass for Arian Foster that was intercepted and run back for a touchdown. However the play was nullified due to a holding penalty on the other side of the field. While Yates did not have any rushing gains, he rolled out often and showed agility in evading the pass rush when it bore down upon him. Credit to the Houston offensive line, however, for protecting him all afternoon.

2011 Week 14 vs CIN (26 / 44 / 300 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 36 / 0 rush)

Playing solid enough to author a come-from-behind win, at times Yates looked more the rookie than his stat line might suggest. He showed good judgment in finding open receivers, but his accuracy sometimes varied. Though most of his throws were catchable, Yates had a few overthrows, including one that resulted in an interception, and also a number of knee-high passes that required his receivers to dive or go to the ground to make the catch. In the first half Yates had a lot of time to throw and had a lot of medium to deep passes, but in the second half Cincinnati brought more pressure resulting in three sacks. Yates showed good pocket awareness, moving to make pass rushers miss, but sometimes in doing so he pulled his eyes away from downfield which led him to have to scramble, or being sacked by another defender before he could find a receiver. Trailing by 9 in the fourth quarter, Yates drove from his own 2 yard line to the Bengals 15 for a field goal, and then drove 80 yards in the last two and a half minutes for a last second game winning touchdown.

2011 Week 15 vs CAR (19 / 30 / 212 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)

T.J. Yates played like a rookie in this game and after a few conservative plays and incompletions early, the Texans took the ball out of the rookie's hands, instead opting to run the ball. Yates is a decent quarterback when he has time, but his unwillingness to push the ball down the field was his undoing. It allowed the Panthers to play press coverage and disrupt the timing. Yates delivers passes on time, but forced a couple into coverage, including a costly interception thrown into Cover-2. Yates added to his interception total with a crucial mistake in the red zone. He tried to fit the pass into a tight window but LB James Anderson stole it. Yates' upside may be a backup quarterback. He does a few things well, but slowly defenses are starting to figure him out. The absence of Andre Johnson was clearly a deterrent to him going down the field.

2011 Week 16 vs IND (13 / 16 / 132 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Though his stat line makes it seem Yates had an efficient if quiet day, the reality is he was poor at keeping drives alive on third down, and seldom tested the defense with any deep throws. Yates seemed to go this first option the majority of the time even when other players were open further downfield. He dropped back on third down six times, resulting in one sack and five completions. However the only completion that resulted in a first down was an improbable catch by Jacoby Jones after the pass to Kevin Walter bounced twice off a defender. The other passes, while complete, were frequently well short of a first down and would have required an exception run by the receiver to pick up a new set of downs. Being without Andre Johnson and with Owen Daniels seeming to play the role of second string tight end due to injury didn't Yates performance.

2011 Week 17 vs TEN (4 / 4 / 47 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Yates started well for the Texans in leading them on a first quarter scoring drive. However, he did injure his shoulder later in the quarter and was replaced by journeyman Jake Delhomme. Yates did not return.

2011 Week 18 vs CIN (11 / 20 / 159 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

TJ Yates' performance was scattered but he managed to make good reads and great throws in a number of critical situations. He was adept at picking up key third downs and sustaining drives and was keen to get rid of the ball when it appeared he might be about to absorb a sack. His best throws came on deeper passes when he was able to put some air under the ball. Yates best throw came in the 2nd quarter on a pass to Andre Johnson. On the play, Johnson ran a deep out to the right sideline. Yates delivered a hard throw where only Johnson could catch it resulting in a nice gain. He also threw a forty yard touchdown to Johnson on an out and up. On the play, Yates threw a beautiful, high arching pass to an uncovered Johnson for an easy score. Yates did have some poor throws, primarily on shorter routes where he lacked the accuracy and touch needed. That said, Owen Daniels and Andre Johnson bailed him out often by making excellent catches on balls thrown low by Yates. While Yates may not be the quarterback of the future for the Texans, he has more than proven able to guide the team against hostile defenses.

2011 Week 19 vs BAL (17 / 35 / 184 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

T.J. Yates showed his lack of experience as a starting quarterback against the Ravens defense, throwing three interceptions - all of them ill-advised throws that he seemed to force into tight windows. Yates' pocket presence was good and his offensive line gave him plenty of time to survey the field; he simply made too many poor reads. Yates could have turned the ball over two more times had Ed Reed and Ray Lewis been able to catch the football on two separate occasions. Yates had some inspired plays, including a nice spin move to escape the rush, followed by a pass down the field. Yates gave the Texans a fighting chance, but failed to execute at times and often made his mind up where he would throw prior to the snap, neglecting to take his time to read the defense's coverage.