On Wednesday, the Falcons finagled quarterback T.J. Yates in a trade with the Texans, who reportedly (but not actually) had cut him. On Thursday, the Falcons dumped one of the quarterbacks on a depth chart that, behind starter Matt Ryan, was short on experience.
Gone is Dominique Davis, who had the most experience of a group that included rookies Jeff Mathews and Sean Renfree.
Bad for Davis. Good for Yates, who returned to his hometown a day after the trade went down.
“I was very down when I realized I was being let go, thought I was being let go,” Yates told Mark Berman of FOX 26. “Then all of the sudden I’m traded to my hometown team and I couldn’t be happier now. It’s a great situation for me and my wife. Both of our families are from Atlanta.”
Yates thought he was being waived by the Texans. Once word got out that he’d already been let go, other teams got involved.
“There was a little bit of talk about it during the day, but I didn’t know to who,” Yates said. “They were trying to move me because there was a lot of buzz going on that day. I hadn’t been released yet so I knew they were trying to move me somewhere.”
The Falcons ultimately made the most sense, because they had nothing behind Ryan. They now have a guy who led the Texans to the first playoff win in franchise history — and who has as many postseason victories as the guy he’s backing up.