As it currently stands, the availability of the Patriots' quarterbacks are all very much in question. Tom Brady is suspended for one more week. Jimmy Garoppolo is coming back from an AC joint sprain (timetable unclear). Jacoby Brissett reportedly sustained a thumb injury on his throwing hand during last week's game (though it looks like it doesn't require surgery).
This combination of factors has lead to the reasonable conclusion that the Patriots would likely be in the market for the services of a fill-in quarterback if either (or both) non-suspended QBs aren't able to play Sunday.
At least for the time being, it seems that the team is confident that either Garoppolo or Brissett is in good enough shape to take the job in Week 4. At 3-0, there probably isn't a lot of reason for the Pats to panic and make a big move. The story said Yates would be a leading candidate.
Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:26pm
The Texans re-signed Weeden, the team announced on Friday. The new deal is for $4 million over two years, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported, via a source with direct knowledge of the contract.
Claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys in mid-November, Weeden relieved an injured T.J. Yates in Week 15, tossing a touchdown to rookie Jaelen Strong to push the Texans past the Colts in a crucial battle for control of the division. A week later, he accounted for three touchdowns in a 34-6 rout over the Titans.
Yates suffered the season-ending injury on a scramble on the final drive of the first half. Yates walked directly to the locker room under his own power after the injury, which came on a non-contact play.
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 15. It’s going to be T.J. Yates this week. This isn’t necessarily bad for DeAndre Hopkins, though it is a bit of a concern.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Hoyer won’t play. It’s going to be T.J. Yates this week. This isn’t necessarily bad for DeAndre Hopkins, though it is a bit of a concern.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:21pm
Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Hoyer won’t play. It’s going to be T.J. Yates this week. This isn’t necessarily bad for DeAndre Hopkins, though it is a bit of a concern.
Monday, December 14, 2015, 10:37am
By rule, someone has to win the AFC South.
Those two stalwarts finished yesterday’s respective losses for the 6-7 Texans and Colts, after Brian Hoyer and Matt Hasselbeck were knocked from the games after taking so many brutal hits. Hoyer was getting checked for a concussion when he left late, and Hasselbeck was announced as having another rib injury.
“We’ll see what happens with Brian,” Yates said, via Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle. “I’ll just prepare like I do every week. I haven’t had a chance to see him yet, so I don’t know what’s going on. But it looked like he really hit the ground hard. . . .
“I guess we’ll see, come Wednesday, if I get more reps than usual.”
Hoyer’s already missed one game this year because of a concussion. Asked if Hoyer had suffered another one, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said: “I don’t know that yet. I’m not sure. It looked that way.”
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Hoyer is looking very iffy for Week 11. T.J. Yates would get the start if Hoyer is out. DeAndre Hopkins has thrived with multiple quarterbacks in the last two seasons.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm
Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Hoyer is looking iffy for Week 11. T.J. Yates would get the start if Hoyer is out. DeAndre Hopkins has thrived with multiple quarterbacks in the last two seasons.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 2:49pm
According to two sources, T.J. Yates, who will always be remembered as the quarterback of record when the Texans clinched their first playoff appearance and one their first playoff game, is coming back to Houston.
The team reached out to their former backup after Mallett missed the team charter to Miami on Saturday.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 9:58am
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is bringing an old friend with him to Atlanta.
The Falcons announced Wednesday that they have signed Rex Grossman. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported he will sign a one-year deal, per a source informed of the contract. The 35-year-old has now worked with Shanahan over three stops in Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta.
Sunday, August 16, 2015, 9:05am
T.J. Yates didn't enter training camp thinking he was entitled to anything.
Although the Atlanta Falcons quarterback has one playoff win under his belt and essentially ran offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme when he played for Gary Kubiak in Houston, Yates knew how key preseason games would be in determining the backup to starter Matt Ryan.
Yates would be the first to admit his first live action this season was a little shaky. He took over for Ryan after one series and completed 9 of 15 passes for 105 yards with an interception in 32 snaps. He was sacked once and had a passer rating of 53.5.
Yates, who ran his share of bootlegs, wishes he had a couple of passes back as he was obviously off target. There appeared to be miscommunication between himself and rookie receiver Justin Hardy on the interception.
Meanwhile, Renfree completed 6 of 7 passes for 68 yards in 23 snaps. His passer rating was 107.1.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 3:16pm
In five fast hours Tuesday, the rebuilding Texans cemented their long-debated quarterback situation and erased the man who led the franchise to its first playoff victory.
Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick became coach Bill O’Brien’s first NFL starting QB. T.J. Yates was released. Former University of Houston star Case Keenum was effectively promoted, already placing the reconfigured 2014 Texans in a similar situation to their 2013 fall.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 10:28am
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 4:46pm
Four quarterbacks have a chance to be the Texans’ Week 1 starter.
First-year coach Bill O’Brien said the team will eventually make a decision about its quarterback situation, which will affect repetitions during training camp. But as of Tuesday, the race for the starter spot remains “wide open.”
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