Yates, who filled in at quarterback for Brian Hoyer (concussion) in Sunday's win over the Jets, is expected to head back to the bench next week against New Orleans, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Hoyer is our starter," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "When he comes back, when he's healthy, he'll come back in there and we've spoken to T.J. about that." Hoyer's concussion symptoms have improved significantly and is expected to start against the Saints in Week 12. Yates completed 16-of-34 for 229 yards and two touchdowns in Week 11, a 24-17 win over the Jets.
Yates completed 16 of 34 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Jets. He also rushed three times for minus-5 yards and lost a fumble. Yates connected with six different receivers, as DeAndre Hopkins led the way by catching five passes on 12 targets for 118 yards and two touchdowns despite lining up against Darrelle Revis for much of the game. It was an excellent first start for Yates, who got the call in place of the injured Brian Hoyer (concussion). If Hoyer has to miss any additional time, Yates will get an excellent Week 12 matchup against a Saints defense that is allowing the third-most passing yards per game this season and has given up the most passing touchdowns.
Yates will start Sunday's game against the Jets. Yates fills in for injured teammate Brian Hoyer (concussion), who has already been ruled out of Sunday's game. While Yates was able to engineer an unlikely win in Cincinnati in relief of Hoyer on Monday, he still is rather new to the Texans' playbook, which figures to limit him against the Jets' fourth-ranked defense this Sunday.
Yates and the Texans coaching staff spent parts of Tuesday and Wednesday picking plays from the team's playbook with which the quarterback's most comfortable, the Texans' official site reports. "Me and Coach O'Brien and Coach Godsey talked already this week of plays that I'm comfortable with, plays I've run in the weeks past and stuff, trying to put together a game plan I'm comfortable with," Yates said. Yates, who signed with the Texans on Oct. 28, has been trying to cram as much of the playbook as possible since then. If Brian Hoyer (concussion) doesn't play Sunday, Yates will be the starter with a trimmed down call sheet against the Jets, the league's top-ranked rushing defense (88.1 ypg).
Yates completed 5-of-11 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown in Monday night's win over the Bengals. Yates, who signed with the Texans in late October, was forced into action after Brian Hoyer suffered a concussion during the third quarter Monday. In his first appearance since Week 3 of last year, Yates did enough to lead the Texans to a victory over the previously undefeated Bengals, highlighted by a 22-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. If Hoyer is unable to be cleared this week, expect Yates to start in Sunday's game against the Jets.
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