Jun 17, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterbacks Case Keenum (7), Tom Savage (3), and T.J. Yates (13) stand together during mini camp at Houston Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

T.J. Yates says ‘thanks’ to Houston Texans


Former Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates thanked the Houston Texans franchise on Twitter on Tuesday, the same day of his release from the franchise.

Yates played three seasons for the Texans and will always be known as the first quarterback to win a playoff game in franchise history.

Yates tweeted the following on his Twitter account @TJ_Yates:

Yates really was never given a great chance to be a starting quarterback for the Texans full-time except his rookie season, where he started five regular-season games and two playoff games in place of Matt Schaub, as he was injured.

Though Yates seems like a nice guy, I still believe the Texans made the correct decision in keeping Case Keenum, Tom Savage and Ryan Fitzpatrick over Yates, because I just believe there is more potential at the backup spot with either Keenum or Savage.

Fitzpatrick was named the starting QB of the Texans on Tuesday by head coach Bill O’Brien. Fitzpatrick has also been the starting QB for the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.

I’m still not sold on Fitzpatrick, but that is the hand the Texans have decided to go with this season, so we will see how it all turns out.

As for Yates, I can see him signing with another team soon. Remember, there is another team in the state of Texas that just lost their primary backup QB from last season.

Who knows at this point, right?

What is your favorite memory of Yates as the Texans QB? Do you believe he should have been the odd man out for the Texans?

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  • bernmac

    Texans are cursed…Fitz over Keenum..REALLY???? There is a reason why he is not starting for the Bengals, Bills, AND Titans…Because he is GARBAGE!!!! We have seen his ceiling and it ain’t VERY HIGH!!! Yeah he went to Harvard..Last time I checked this is A FOOTBALL FIELD and not A BOARD ROOM!! There is no way your going to convince me that Fitz is honestly more talented the Keenum…O’brien is going to get booed out of Reliant – Kubiak style by the 2nd home game….WHAT A JOKE!!…Andre…Man I feel you…New England or San Fran, TEAMS THAT ACTUALLY TRY TO WIN is where you should be…Keenum you deserve better bro…Fitz is going to get BLOWN OUT like his previous three stops in the NFL and Keenum will be stuck IN ANOTHER IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION….Didn’t like Johnny, Doesn’t like Keenum..Guess coach isn’t very high on some Texas boys..Maybe it’s a Yankee thing…

    • Connor

      You do realise we are in the midst of a rebuild right? Fitzpatrick is merely a placeholder and probably won’t start the entire season, just a few games. Also its NRG Stadium now, they changed it in the off-season.

      • bernmac

        The Texans have been in the midst or rebuild mode since 2002..When is it going to be time for WIN MODE?? Why play with mediocrity and admit that this is just a bridge decision and go with a washed up QB who has 3 teams in his rear view mirror?? HOW ABOUT GOING WITH THE YOUNG GUN and make the mission TO PLAY LIKE CHAMPIONS and WIN GAMES…Might as well kept Schaub already…