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Texans release quarterback T.J. Yates

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True to his word, Texans coach Bill O’Brien got down to three quarterbacks before training camp.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Texans have released T.J. Yates.

That gets them down to the law firm of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage, which will allow a more equitable division of repetitions in O’Brien’s first training camp as head coach.

Yates played in an emergency role in 2011 when the Texans were good, and he was decidedly OK. But he fell behind Keenum last year, and never made up the ground under a new administration.

Considering the Ravens’ perpetual search for a backup to Joe Flacco, and Gary Kubiak’s new role in Baltimore as offensive coordinator, that’s a possible landing spot.

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32 Responses to “Texans release quarterback T.J. Yates”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 17, 2014 5:59 PM

    Saw it coming. If we did’t draft a QB he would sign with the Ravens.

  2. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 17, 2014 6:01 PM

    Minnesota should pick this guy up. He’s miles ahead of any of their QBs. And he can actually grip a football, unlike gloves mcbust.

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  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 17, 2014 6:05 PM

    Or if somebody gets hurt then maybe he’ll resurface with them later. You just never know, so team or no team you need to remain focused and ready just in case!

  4. mudhead123 says: Jun 17, 2014 6:05 PM

    Yates was a bad college QB. I’m shocked he ever made it to the NFL

  5. briscocountyjr says: Jun 17, 2014 6:05 PM

    He should try to compete for the starting role in Washington, best chance to resume his career as a starter.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 17, 2014 6:09 PM

    Saw it coming. If we did’t draft a QB he would sign with the Ravens.

    Bet you saw the sun coming up this morning too. Lol

    Yates could give JumpBallJoe a run for the starters jog.

  7. britishraven says: Jun 17, 2014 6:10 PM

    Surely we sign him? We cannot go into another season with Tyrod Taylor as the only backup, he makes Joe Webb look like Joe Montana

  8. mrbigass says: Jun 17, 2014 6:18 PM

    Yates was not very athletic and a bit of a statute in the pocket. Perfect backup for Flacco.

  9. realfootballfan says: Jun 17, 2014 6:42 PM

    Won the first playoff game in franchise history, and they won’t even let you stick around for the scrub 3rd stringer job.

  10. reed20fence says: Jun 17, 2014 6:43 PM

    Raven. book it. This guy is a game managing, get your team to the playoffs with a decent D kinda QB.

  11. jacunn2000 says: Jun 17, 2014 6:45 PM

    They tried to trade him first for a bag of Candy Corn. No takers.

  12. abninf says: Jun 17, 2014 6:59 PM

    Houston has no history of being able to develop quarterbacks. He has potential, someone will snag him up.

  13. ravenmadnky says: Jun 17, 2014 7:09 PM

    Tyrod, it has been real. But you really need to go. Seriously, the only issue for the Ravens signing/claiming Yates is whether they think they can cut Keith Wenning at the end of training camp, let him clear waivers, and then resign him to the practice squad.

  14. ncphinsfan says: Jun 17, 2014 7:16 PM

    Wow! I understand getting to 3QBs, but he was thrown into the fire without time to develop AND he won a Playoff Game. He will be signed before the weekend.

    To the dude above who said he was not a good college player… He led the ACC for a few years. All-Time only Phillip Rivers, Tahj Boyd and Thaddius Lewis are ahead of him. Learn something… The ACC is making some noise, you realize Florida State won the National Championship, right?

  15. eb3110 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:29 PM

    Keenum will be next. Making room for Mallett once they trade Johnson to the Pats for him and a 2nd rounder…

  16. qdog112 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:48 PM

    mrbigass says:
    Jun 17, 2014 6:18 PM
    Yates was not very athletic and a bit of a statute in the pocket. Perfect backup for Flacco.
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    Except in the ACC, Taylor was better than Yates and Ponder. Having seen all the ACC QBs perform over decades, Taylor proved to be one of the best, winning all conference honors over those guys and Russell Wilson.

    All Taylor needs is playing time. I thought Yates should have stayed before Keenum. He had his shot and blew it, as far as I’m concerned. But O’Brien saw him close up. Keenum is local. Politics …?

  17. iamdinguskhan says: Jun 17, 2014 8:08 PM

    What a premier lineup of QBs…LOL!!

  18. iamdinguskhan says: Jun 17, 2014 8:12 PM

    They need to top off this star-studded cast of QBs with the one and only Clipboard Jesus.

  19. heybeerman95 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:18 PM

    He was the best quarterback they had…what the…

  20. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 17, 2014 8:34 PM

    The timing isn’t good but he isn’t in a Vince Young or Josh Freeman situation.

    A QB desperate team like the vikings will snap him up.

  21. realfootballfan says: Jun 17, 2014 9:17 PM

    With the current QB depth chart, it’s looking like the Texans are aiming for the first overall pick again next year.

  22. carrgip says: Jun 17, 2014 9:27 PM

    This has nothing to do with Case Kennum being a fan favorite. This is Bill O’Briens team and he wouldn’t care who is the fans favorite. He knows his QB’s and Kennum clearly looked better to him then Yates did. Don’t be surprised if he ends up beating out Fitzpatrick for the starting job come week 1.

  23. vikingsnorth says: Jun 17, 2014 9:36 PM

    Aaron Rodgers wants TJ Yates and Michael Sam as his backups this year.

  24. fordmandalay says: Jun 17, 2014 9:40 PM

    Cowboys will sign him now that odds are Orton is out.

  25. doe22us says: Jun 17, 2014 10:49 PM

    No wonder AJ wants to peace out of the dumpster. If Fitz is your starting QB where is the ceiling in that??

  26. natelan says: Jun 18, 2014 1:48 AM

    Would love to have Yates backing-up Rivers here in San Diego.

  27. omeimontis says: Jun 18, 2014 2:26 AM

    This draft will be remembered as the one the Texans passed up Johnny Football and wound up with Tom Savage. I predict the Texans will be back drafting near the top in 2015.

  28. west4567 says: Jun 18, 2014 2:56 AM

    This was probably the right move, but I’m a bit sad to see him go. For Texans fans, Yates took them through the best season they’ve ever had. Numerous injuries for the Texans the entire season, but backups stepped up at numerous positions, including 3rd-string Yates. It was inspiring to watch that team deal with adversity – the opposite of the following year, when the Texans started great, but stunk by the end of the season.

  29. nyestrovic says: Jun 18, 2014 5:36 AM

    I’m not sure what you guys are smoking here but you have no idea what you’re talking about. Case lacks poise and that’s all. He is a one trick pony at this point in his career but he has potential. I have been watching Yates play since he started, and the guy has 0 pocket presence. Perhaps with some playing time that will change as it did with Schaub, but finding that playing time being the fringe talent he is will always be the issue. Keenum had a bunch of “almost” wins, including against Seattle, so let’s not harp on the 0 fer record a too much. There are have been plenty of great QB’s that were born into mediocrity as Keenum has. And to the guy that said Houston has no history of developing QB’s…First of all Schaub definitely developed. Before his implosion last year he was MILES AHEAD of where he was when he first started. And secondly, Houston for the most part had vets as their back-ups until TJ came around. So there was no QB to develop outside of Schaub who was starting. And lastly, the coaching staffs are the ones that develop QB’s. We have a new one. Blank slate.

  30. nyestrovic says: Jun 18, 2014 5:42 AM

    Oh and as far as Fitz goes…well, he had a decent stretch at one point in Buffalo. I don’t know anything about that guy other than that he played on mediocre squads. Schaub is a good example of a system QB that produced Major League numbers. Perhaps Fitz will be the same, or maybe his other offensive systems and surrounding talent were trash or underachieving….We shall see.

  31. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 18, 2014 7:54 AM

    When you are the guy kicked out of that group of QBs, it may be time to call it a career and put that degree to use. Yates had already over achieved by making a roster in the NFL.

  32. scotrugby says: Jun 18, 2014 1:51 PM

    Dammit! There goes the Super Bowl run.

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