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.

32 responses to “Texans release quarterback T.J. Yates

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

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

  9. 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.
    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 …?

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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