There is still a competition for the Houston Texans’ backup quarterback position. With that being said, Yates, who was the No. 2 on the depth chart last year, has put himself in the driver seat after his stellar performance against the New Orleans Saints Sunday night. There is no question Case Keenum still has a shot to win the job, but the fact is Yates continues to perform at such a high level that it is hard to imagine anyone else in the role.
“I think T.J. has answered a challenge in a lot of ways,” head coach Gary Kubiak said, according to ESPN.com. “He has been pushed and it has made him better as a player. I think we maybe go back a couple weeks in camp and T.J. struggled a couple days and he and I had a big sit-down talk about just his approach and what we’re doing. And since then he has been really, really good.”
Yates completed seven of his nine pass attempts for 73 yards. He also was the only Houston quarterback who tossed a touchdown, despite seeing the field the least.
The 26-year-old has done a terrific job since being drafted by the Texans in 2011. He filled in nicely for an injured Matt Schaub that season and even led the franchise to their first playoff victory in team history.
The fact is there always needs to be competition on a football team, especially at the quarterback position. However, I do not see any possible way someone other than Yates suits up as the backup quarterback for the 2013 season.