Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates (13) throws during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans Release QB T.J. Yates


The Houston Texans have released QB T.J. Yates according to Ian Rapoport (NFL.com).

Yates, 27, will forever be known for “leading” the Texans in to their first playoff appearance, and giving the franchise their first playoff win in franchise history. His 6-yd touchdown pass to Kevin Walter could be the team’s biggest passing touchdown in franchise history.

Yates finishes his Texans career with 1,100 passing yards, 3 TD’s and 6 INT’s in 13 regular season games with the Texans. He will likely be able to find a job elsewhere, with the Baltimore Ravens being a favorite for his services.

The House Of Houston staff debated which quarterback would/should be cut, and many sided with Case Keenum. Though Yates beat out Keenum for the #2 spot last offseason, Keenum was the one who started when Matt Schaub was injured/struggled, and it’s Yates who gets the short end of the stick again, this time losing his job completely.

The Texans named Ryan Fitzpatrick their starting quarterback earlier today. Case Keenum is expected to be the team’s #2 quarterback, and Tom Savage will be the team’s third quarterback.

Here’s a video of Yates’ finest moment in a Texans uniform:


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  • Tony Kammerer

    Yates came in to “relieve” Schaub in games 5 and 6. In game 5 he got nothing done (3/5 15yards) and in game 6 he threw for 98 yards to Texans and 103 yards to the Rams (pick 6 for 98 yards and another interception for 5 yards).
    Yates was class, but he was outperformed in training camp and pre-season and was only the backup due to experience. Hopefully he’ll get a legitimate shot somewhere and step his game up.