4 most underappreciated players in Houston Texans history

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  • Owen Daniels was truly one of the best WRs in Texans history
  • Whitney Mercilus

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T.J. Yates

Over the years, the Houston Texans have had notable quarterbacks like David Carr, Matt Schaub, and Deshaun Watson. However, the quarterback that is the most underappreciated is T.J. Yates, who was a fifth-round pick in 2011.

The reason that Yates makes this list is that he would be the first quarterback for the Texans to start a playoff game and also win a playoff game in their franchise history. As a rookie, Yates stepped in as a starter after Schaub suffered a season-ending injury.

He would start the final five games of the season, and go 2-3 during that stretch. The Texans would go on to win the AFC South for the first time in franchise history and had their first playoff game against the Bengals, which they would win 31-10. In that game, Yates played well as he didn't make any mistakes while throwing for 159 yards and one touchdown.

The Texans' season would end the following week against the Ravens, where Yates would throw three interceptions. However, he did a lot as a rookie and helped the Texans achieve a number of franchise milestones.