Who is T.J. Yates?

November, 28, 2011
11/28/11
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If you’re a fan of the Atlanta Falcons, you’re probably asking yourself this question: Who is T.J. Yates?

First off, he’ll probably be the guy starting for the Houston Texans against the Falcons on Sunday. We all know starter Matt Schaub suffered an injury last week. On Sunday, replacement Matt Leinart, who at least was a name, suffered a shoulder injury Sunday that could sideline him for the rest of the season.

That leaves Yates, unless Houston goes out and brings back Warren Moon or Dan Pastorini.

So here’s a quick overview of Yates:
  • The Texans picked him in the fifth round (No. 152 overall) in this year’s draft.
  • Yates played at North Carolina from 2007 through 2010.
  • He holds 37 North Carolina records, including career and single-season passing yards.
  • Yates appeared in his first NFL game Sunday after Leinart was injured. He completed eight of 15 passes for 70 yards.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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