Is T.J. Yates the forgotten Houston Texans QB?


Oct 13, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates (13) attempts a pass during the fourth quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Brian T. Smith wrote an interesting article for the Houston Chronicle, on Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates and how is the forgotten quarterback on the team.

Smith wrote in his article:

"“Yates hasn’t had a job all season. And he has been nearly invisible in 2013, recently serving as one of seven Texans game-day inactive.”"

Smith also quoted Yates in the article, with Yates saying:

"“It’s obviously a frustrating year for everybody. And I am obviously frustrated as a player.”"

Later in the article Yates said, “he’d love a shot to get the team back on track.”

This season … there is no shot at getting this team back on track, right? What can Yates do that Case Keenum or Matt Schaub can’t do?


Yes, I know he has a playoff win a couple years ago, but look back when he replaced Schaub that regular season (Schaub was injured in 2011, missing the latter part of the regular season and playoffs), what did he really do?

That postseason, Yates had one touchdown pass and three interceptions, with a 53.8 QB rating.

I don’t see Yates being a starting QB in the NFL, but I’m not a scout. There has to be a reason head coach Gary Kubiak went to an unproven Keenum when Schaub was struggling, rather than Yates as the current starter.

Yates did have game action this season when Schaub was injured. Yates has two interceptions and a fumble in three games played in during the season.

I’m not comfortable with either backup QB the Texans have on the roster, and each week I start thinking the team needs to look elsewhere for a starting signal caller for the 2014 season, but this team has more problems than at QB. (See offensive line).

I don’t believe Yates is the “forgotten QB” on the team, I think of the three quarterbacks they have, he’s the third best, it is that simple. He should be happy he’s still in the NFL.