Yates just wants a chance in NFL

Yates just wants a chance in NFL
December 30, 2013, 12:30 pm
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T.J. Yates wants to prove he can play in the NFL. But his chance won't come in Houston.

The Texans didn't give him an opportunity to start in 2013, when the team finished with a 2-14 record. In fact, the Texans passed over Yates to name third-stringer Case Keenum the starter beginning with the Chiefs game before the bye week.

"I’m a competitor," Yates said on Monday, the day the Texans cleaned out their lockers. "I want a chance to play in this league. I know I can compete and play at a high level and I just want that opportunity somewhere."

Yates, 26, is under contract for next season but it's unlikely he'll be back. The 2011 fifth-rounder from UNC wasn't given much of a chance to play in 2013, even with injuries and inconsistent quarterback play. Yates actually won the backup job in camp but Keenum overtook him on the depth chart when Matt Schaub went down.

Yates actually led the team to its first-ever playoff win in 2011 as a rookie. He and Schaub are the only two quarterbacks to win a playoff game for the Texans.

"Yeah, it’s uncertainty I guess," Yates said. "That’s all I really know right now with everything that’s going on around here. There’s gonna be a new coach, kind of take it from there. I don’t really know what the future holds for anybody around here, let alone me."