Houston Texan Training Camp Profile: T.J. Yates

By Nick Mamary
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Success does not always guarantee satisfaction when it comes to a passionate fan base. Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is finding this out the hard way.

Last year, he threw for 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with a passer rating of 90.5. In 2007, Houston acquired Schaub from the Atlanta Falcons. It was understood that he would be their franchise signal caller going forward.

For years, he actually has done a solid job. Houston won their second consecutive AFC South title in 2012. Despite this, some want him replaced. Another player is on the roster that presents intrigue. T.J. Yates was selected by Houston in the fifth round of 2011’s NFL Draft. His rookie year placed him in a tough situation, having to start for a team with high expectations.

What followed was a 2-3 regular season record before Yates claimed his first playoff victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. When dissecting this young player’s tendencies, his athleticism is definitely on display. This skill set fits well in head coach Gary Kubiak’s bootleg scheme.

Two other quarterbacks are currently on the roster. Stephen McGee comes over as a free agent from in state rival Dallas Cowboys. Case Keenum has basically been stuck on Houston’s practice squad since last season. Both of these players appear to be projects right now.

Yates serves as the primary backup and with solid height at 6-foot-4, he is an ideal build. Houston insists that Schaub is their guy but if a change is made, then Yates could provide results.

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