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February 5, 2019 02:32 PM
T.J. Yates: Officially retires
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates has retired from playing and joined the Texans coaching staff.

Yates joined the Texans in 2011 and never saw more than a few spot starts while operating as a backup. He last appeared in a game in Week 17 of 2017 but went unsigned this past season. He ends with a career line of 2,057 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 179-for-324 passing (55.2 percent) across 22 games.

December 31, 2017 05:04 PM
Texans' T.J. Yates: Mistake-free in Week 17 loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates completed 14 of 24 passes for 137 yards in Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Colts.

Yates made his third start and didn't commit a turnover for the first time. He also had the Texans up at halftime. Those are the positive takeaways. In the second half, when the Colts have often folded this season, Yates was sacked for a safety and failed to lead the Texans on a scoring drive. Yates has been a dutiful solider on and off for the Texans since he was a fifth-round draft pick in 2011, but his future with the organization is murky. Pending good health, Deshaun Watson (knee) will be the starter in 2018, and Yates could hook on as a third-stringer or compete as a backup.

December 25, 2017 08:24 PM
Texans' T.J. Yates: Overmatched in blowout loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates completed seven of 16 passes for 83 yards, one touchdown and one interception while adding an 11-yard scramble and losing one of three fumbles in Monday's 34-6 loss to Pittsburgh.

Yates gifted his opponents a Christmas victory with this atrocious performance, also taking six sacks and exiting briefly to get tested for a concussion at one point. He got two tries to throw the ball into the end zone from Pittsburgh's one-yard line in the second quarter, but threw an incompletion before getting intercepted on fourth down. The Steelers drove the ball down for a touchdown to make it 17-0 on the ensuing possession, then turned Yates over on a sack-fumble three plays later to effectively put the game away. At least his garbage-time, three-yard touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins in the fourth quarter made the star receiver's fantasy owners happy.

December 25, 2017 06:32 PM
Texans' T.J. Yates: Sidesteps concussion diagnosis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates avoided a concussion during Monday's game versus the Steelers, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Yates was knocked from the game after getting sacked for a fourth time near the end of the first. After a lengthy evaluation, he was cleared of any symptoms and returned to the sideline. A short time after he was given the thumbs up, his backup, Taylor Heinicke, left the game under similar circumstances and will be beholden to the protocol for head injuries. On a positive note, Yates is back under center for the Texans.

December 25, 2017 06:24 PM
Texans' T.J. Yates: Under evaluation for concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates left Monday's game against the Steelers in order to be evaluated for a concussion.

After he was sacked for the fourth time late in the first half, Yates needed assistance from the training staff to get off the field and was promptly examined in the blue sideline tent. If the diagnosis is confirmed, he'll have no chance to return to the contest, allowing backup Taylor Heinicke an opportunity to direct the offense.

December 19, 2017 10:44 AM
Texans' T.J. Yates: Expected to start final two games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates is expected to remain the Texans' starting quarterback over the team's final two games after head coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Monday that Tom Savage (concussion) is unlikely to play again this season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Savage remains in the concussion protocol and has yet to resume practicing since suffering the concussion in a Dec. 10 loss to the 49ers. While Savage could theoretically clear the protocol before the season ends, the nature of his concussion -- his hands and arms were twitching on the ground after he absorbed a hard hit from San Francisco's Elvis Dumervil -- and the Texans' improper handling of the matter would likely invite criticism if he was allowed to suit up again in 2017. As a result, Yates should remain in the starting role as the Texans play out the string in a losing season, though his performance in his first turn as starter in Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Jaguars doesn't offer much optimism about his fantasy prospects. Yates completed only 12 of 31 passes in that contest, finishing with 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

December 17, 2017 06:08 PM
Texans' T.J. Yates: Stifled by Jaguars defense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 14, 2017 10:08 AM
Texans' T.J. Yates: Will start Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 11, 2017 02:16 PM
Texans' T.J. Yates: Expected to start Week 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 10, 2017 09:56 PM
Texans' T.J. Yates: Throws two scores after replacing Savage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 9, 2017 06:12 AM
Texans' T.J. Yates: Works with first-team offense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 9, 2017 12:45 PM
Texans' T.J. Yates: Assigned backup duties
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates will serve as the Texans' No. 2 quarterback Sunday against the Colts, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Yates, who was officially signed Friday, will get the first crack at backing up Tom Savage in the wake of starting quarterback Deshaun Watson's season-ending knee injury. Matt McGloin, who was also signed Friday to provide depth at quarterback, is expected to be inactive.

November 9, 2017 12:46 PM
Texans' T.J. Yates: Set to sign with Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Texans will sign Yates to a contract Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

After losing star rookie Deshaun Watson (knee) to a torn ACL during Thursday's practice, the Texans are slated to add both Yates and Matt McGloin to their quarterback mix. Meanwhile, Tom Savage is on track to start Sunday's game against the Colts, likely leaving one of McGloin or Yates inactive for the contest. Yates' last NFL appearances came with Houston in 2015, with the North Carolina product completing 49 percent of his passes and tossing three touchdowns against one interception in four games.

September 12, 2017 07:20 PM
Bills' T.J. Yates: Reaches injury settlement with Bills
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates (concussion) was released by the Bills on Tuesday after both parties agreed on an injury settlement, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports.

Yates was placed on the injured reserve last week with a concussion. The Bills are currently carrying three healthy quarterbacks on their roster, so a return in the near future seems unlikely. The veteran signal-caller will now be free to find a new opportunity once his health allows it.

September 5, 2017 03:40 PM
Bills' T.J. Yates: Moves to IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates (concussion) has been moved to injured reserve, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Yates was only going to be the third quarterback to start the season, but the Bills decided not to wait out his concussion -- at least for the first eight weeks of the season -- and instead went with veteran Joe Webb as the final quarterback to begin the season.

September 5, 2017 10:28 PM
T.J. Yates: Gets let go by Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bills waived/injured Yates (concussion) on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

With Tyrod Taylor (concussion) having cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and on track to play Week 1 against the Jets, the Bills no longer had much incentive to keep Yates around as a No. 3 option on the depth chart, especially while he recovered from a concussion of his own. If Yates goes unclaimed off waivers, he would revert to the Bills' injured reserve list. He could be released on an injury settlement once he's fully recovered from the concussion.

September 5, 2017 02:16 PM
Bills' T.J. Yates: Remains in concussion protocol
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates was on the field for Monday's practice but is still going through league's concussion protocol, Joe Buscaglia of 7 ABC Buffalo reports.

Yates has now been making his way through concussion protocol for a little over a week now, but his presence at practice Monday is surely an encouraging sign that he is close to a return to full health. The quarterback should be considered day-to-day at this point.

August 29, 2017 02:56 PM
Bills' T.J. Yates: Still in concussion protocol
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates is still in the concussion protocol following a hit during Saturday's game and didn't practice Tuesday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

Coach Sean McDermott is already making it sound like Yates won't be playing in Thursday's preseason finale. Yates has already been passed on the depth chart by rookie Nathan Peterman, and with the team needing to sign Keith Wenning on Monday so there would be a second healthy quarterback at practice (starter Tyrod Taylor also has a concussion), Yates' roster spot is no longer a certainty.

August 27, 2017 06:56 PM
Bills' T.J. Yates: Dealing with concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates did not practice Sunday as he's working his way through the league's concussion protocol, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

It's not exactly sure when he suffered the head contusion but Yates' injury could be detrimental for his season outlook. Over the past few weeks, Yates has been losing ground to rookie Nathan Peterman for the backup spot. If the injury keeps him out for a while, Yates could be on the outside looking in when the 53-man roster is set in stone.

August 16, 2017 12:24 PM
Bills' T.J. Yates: Demoted to No. 3?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rookie Nathan Peterman will serve as the No. 2 quarterback Thursday against the Eagles, and for now it looks like he's passed Yates for the top backup job behind Tyrod Taylor, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Yates doesn't offer much upside as a veteran who's never really shined in his two previous NFL stops, while Peterman is a rookie picked by the new regime and one that's starting to make a nice impression. The fact the Bills have a good amount of rebuilding to do seems to favor Peterman as well, though at least Yates still has time -- and three preseason games -- to reclaim his status.


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