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Jun 19, 2014

Falcons Trade: Atlanta acquires T.J. Yates from Texans


By on 11:26 AM

It was announced Tuesday that the Texans had released three-year QB T.J. Yates [article here]. What we didn't know, however, was that this release was actually a trade. It wasn't until Wednesday that we found out the Texans traded Yates to the Falcons in return for a LB.





This comes as a bit of a surprise, especially when we all thought Yates was released. But probably the bigger reason this is a storyline is because of who traded for Yates -- Atlanta.

Why would the Falcons want T.J. Yates? That was my initial reaction to this. Why does Atlanta want this no-name QB? Don't they already have Matt Ryan?

It's just second nature to think that way. It comes naturally to think the Falcons did this for bigger reasons than we think -- like maybe they want him to take over. What if they thought Ryan did poorly last season and he was the reason the team was so bad? Is that why they got Yates?

Uh, no. Time's proven that having a good backup QB is ideal and, in some cases, necessary.

Remember New England, all the way back in 2001, when Drew Bledsoe got injured? If it wasn't for a good backup QB in Tom Brady, the Pats wouldn't have won that Super Bowl or any after that. Now, that's a little extreme, because nobody expected that out of Brady, nor do we expect that out of Yates.

How about 2008, when Brady went down? He was out the entire season, and Matt Cassel came in and led them to an 11-5 season, helping them make the playoffs. That happened because New England had a viable second option behind Brady.

Or maybe we can go to Indy, when Peyton Manning went out for the entire season and Curtis Painter came in and played awful. The team went 2-14, worst in the league, because they didn't have a good backup QB.

Get the point? A good backup quarterback can save seasons; and that's what Atlanta's doing. They don't want Yates to take over. They want Yates to be a backup, a good backup. Don't be fooled.



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