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Texans postgame comments on T.J. Yates

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 5, 2011 – 3:02 pm

Texans rookie quarterback T.J. Yates completed 12 of 25 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown on Sunday in his first-career start, helping the Texans beat the Atlanta Falcons 17-10 at Reliant Stadium. The fifth-round pick out of North Carolina made big plays when he needed to, didn’t make any critical mistakes and avoided several pressures with nimble feet in the pocket.

Here’s what his coach, his teammates and his owner – and Yates himself – had to say about him after the game:

Head coach Gary Kubiak: “He’s our quarterback for the rest of the year. I think it’s important that we go ahead and move forward and leave our expectations the same. I don’t want to cuff him; I want him to go play. I just want to see him get better every week… My approach with him is going to stay aggressive because we need him to grow up real fast. That’s what we’re going to have to expect him to do. I’m happy; I’m proud of him. He did a hell of a job. He handled the football team very well.”

WR Andre Johnson: “I thought he would do well, even though he only played a half last week. Just how calm he was, like, he didn’t show any panic. He was just calm. He felt very confident in what he was doing, and as he went through the week of practice, it was the same thing. So, guys were definitely confident in him that he was going to go out and get the job done.”

WR Kevin Walter: “I tell you what, man. I’m very impressed. I was impressed with him in practice, how he prepared this week. I’m impressed how he acted in the game, how he was so poised and made plays. It was unbelievable. I take my hat off to him.”

TE Owen Daniels: “T.J. is great. He’s so cool in the huddle, so confident in the huddle, even after he’s taken hits. He took a pretty good shot, bounced up and shook it off. It’s been pretty impressive to watch him after coming in for the two-minute drill last week and then this week at practice. I know he was getting coached up hard, but you’ve got to go out there and do the job. He handled it really well.”

RB Arian Foster: “He may be a third-stringer coming to starter, but he’s an NFL quarterback. He can make throws… We have weapons around him to help him, but I keep saying ‘help him’ like he’s handicapped. He’s a good quarterback. It’s fun to watch him grow, and I think we’re all going to see that… He’s not third-string. He’s first-string now. He’s a starter in this league and deserves that respect.”

RT Eric Winston: “Gary (Kubiak) said, ‘We’re not changing. I’m giving T.J. the same load that I would give Matt Schaub. I gave him this many passes, I gave this many runs, and he’s got to do it.’ That said all you needed to know about the confidence that he had in him.”

LT Duane Brown: “He has a great demeanor. He takes charge of the huddle and gets us going. You’ve got to love a young guy like that stepping in and having that kind of confidence.”

ILB Brian Cushing: “Couldn’t be more impressed, to be honest with you. As a rookie, in a huge home game against a defense like that, just the way he held up under pressure, the throws he made, the hits he took and just kept getting up and continue executing really says a great deal for him. I think just the vibe around the locker room is just complete, not awe, but everyone’s very impressed with how he did and just very proud of him.”

CB Kareem Jackson: “He played a hell of a game. He came out and had all the confidence in the world. He made some big-time throws in practice and he came out here and did the same thing. He came out and proved that he was a player.”

ILB DeMeco Ryans: “He was ready to go. He was ready to go all week. He had a great week of practice. I was very excited coming to the game, excited for him, because I knew he was going to play well… He was moving around in the pocket. He’s a very athletic guy. He was making some big-time throws. It was great to watch. I definitely turned into a fan watching from the sidelines, rooting him on… He’s just a quiet, confident guy. He walks around here, has that swagger that your quarterback is supposed to have. He’s just a natural leader.”

Texans owner Bob McNair: “He did a great job. He’s got a lot of poise and handled everything so well and just did an amazing job.”

QB T.J. Yates: “I thought I played alright. There’s definitely some things, some mistakes, I can delete to get our team in better situations. You know, the interception (nullified by a holding penalty on Atlanta) was totally on me. I went to the check down without looking first and threw it right to the guy. Making plays like that is definitely going to hurt our team, and that’s something I have to get better at.”

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3 Responses to “Texans postgame comments on T.J. Yates”

  1. By Bulls-On-Parade on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    Great read! And very encouraging words for our rookie (scratch that) starting QB!

  2. By John Els on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    Yates has an accuracy with his throws that we haven’t seen all season. Our receivers are able to make moves after the catch as a result. This is the year of the rookie QB. Dalton, Newton, Tiebow, etc.. I think TJ is already playing like part of that group. He has the best mentor a QB could hope for and the best situation as well. The rest is up to him.

  3. By Nick Scurfield on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks- and nice username. Connor Barwin would be proud.

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