T.J. Yates

#2 QB / Houston Texans / EXP: 6YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 217 lb Age: 30 College: North Carolina Bye 7

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  • Texans' T.J. Yates: Stifled by Jaguars defense
    By RotoWire Staff

    Yates completed 12 of 31 pass attempts for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Jaguars. Yates struggled to get going against the ferocious Jacksonville defense and had just 31 yards to his name at the half. He connected a couple of times with DeAndre Hopkins as the latter capped off an 81-yard drive with a touchdown in the third quarter, but that represented all of the scoring the visitors would do on the day. Yates fared much better in his season debut against a lesser 49ers defense, but his performance against a quality opponent this week doesn't bode well for next Monday's game against the Steelers.

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  • Texans' T.J. Yates: Will start Sunday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Yates will start Sunday against the Jaguars with Texans head coach Bill O'Brien effectively ruling Tom Savage (concussion) out for the contest, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. After Savage was removed from the Week 14 loss to the 49ers last week, Yates took over under center and engineered a couple of long touchdown drives. While that might give the Texans some optimism about Yates' prospects for Sunday, he'll likely encounter much more resistance as he takes on the NFL's top-ranked passing defense. O'Brien maintains hope that Savage might clear the concussion protocol and return for the Week 16 matchup with the Steelers, but until that happens, Yates should continue to handle starting duties.

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  • Texans' T.J. Yates: Expected to start Week 15
    By RotoWire Staff

    Texans head coach Bill O'Brien expects Yates to start Sunday's game in Jacksonville, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. With Tom Savage already struggling and now placed in the concussion protocol, the Texans are prepared to turn to Yates for the hardest matchup a quarterback can have this season. Yates did complete 14 of 26 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the 49ers, but he'll face a far more difficult test Week 15 against a Jacksonville defense that's limited opponents to a 66.4 passer rating while piling up a league-high 47 sacks. It isn't quite clear if Savage is being benched, as O'Brien may just be assuming that the quarterback won't be healthy in time for Sunday's game.

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  • Yates completed 14 of 26 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns while adding 31 yards on three scrambles after replacing Tom Savage (concussion) in the second quarter of Sunday's 26-16 loss to the 49ers. Both of Yates' touchdowns unsurprisingly came on passes to DeAndre Hopkins, as the star wide receiver was unaffected by the quarterback change. Savage appeared to pass the concussion protocol and returned to the sideline with his helmet on, but the team opted to leave Yates in. Based on that development, don't discount the possibility of Yates starting next week in Jacksonville regardless of Savage's status. Given how well Jacksonville's pass defense has played, neither quarterback would make for an appealing option in that matchup.

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  • Texans' T.J. Yates: Works with first-team offense
    By RotoWire Staff

    Yates took some reps with the first-team offense Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Tom Savage is expected to start Sunday against the Rams, but by having Yates work with the ones, head coach Bill O'Brien is signalling that he won't put up too long with a struggling starter. Savage, who was pulled after one half in the season opener, did not fare well for the first three quarters in last week's loss to Indianapolis, a team with one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

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