Jun 17, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates (13) goes through drills during mini camp at Houston Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Former Tar Heel T.J. Yates cut by Texans

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans have cut former Tar Heel quarterback T.J. Yates.

Yates redshirted at North Carolina in 2006 and took over as starter in the 2007 season. He had a successful career, throwing for over 9,000 yards over four seasons in Chapel Hill. He threw for 58 career touchdown passes and 46 interceptions as well.

Fans notably booed Yates when he appeared on the video screen in the Dean Dome after a loss against Florida State. But by the end of his senior season, the fans came to appreciate the great play and leadership that Yates had displayed throughout his five year stint in Chapel Hill.

Yates was drafted in the 5th round by the Texans and became the first quarterback from North Carolina to start an NFL game. He led the Texans to a playoff win in 2012 over the Cincinnati Bengals, but couldn’t get past the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the same playoffs. But he only played in three games in 2013 and didn’t look to be in new coach Bill O’Brien’s plans for 2014. 

John McClain offers a theory for where Yates might go next.

The Texans already had a starter, named today, in Ryan Fitzpatrick and a solid backup in the young Case Kenuem. Houston also drafted a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft- Tom Savage from Pittsburgh.

There weren’t any chairs left for Yates in the quarterback room, so the Texans made the tough choice of cutting him. Hopefully for Yates, he can find a good situation on another team and find a roster spot as a backup or third-stringer.

See how Twitter reacted to Yates’s release.

[H/T: Patrick Schmidt of FanSided.com]

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