It was announced earlier in the week that T.J. Yates was going to be released by the Texans but after the word got out, Houston changed course. Why? Other teams in the NFL began calling the Texans to ensure they got the QB. The team that landed the deal was the Atlanta Falcons in a trade where they provided the Texans with Akeem Dent.
NFL.com reported that the Falcons made a good deal here. Even though Matt Ryan, known as Matty Ice, has been a durable quarterback for six straight years, only missing two games in that span, they didn’t have a viable option to back him up. The only other quarterback on the roster who had thrown a pass in a regular season or playoff game is Dominique Davis. He’s only played one game where he completed seven passes.
The deal also frees up room for the crowded quarterback battle the Texans are having. Coach Bill O’Brien decided that Ryan Fitzpatrick would be the starting quarterback for his team on Monday which, if the Texans held on to Yates, would see three quarterbacks jockeying for the second spot, the others being Case Keenum and recently drafted Tom Savage. With the deal Yates secured himself a back-up position and the Texans added another linebacker to their stout front seven on defense.
Dent was a starter in 20 games over the past two years and it was interesting that he was the one dealt after only three years with the Falcons after they drafted him in the third round. Also alarming is the fact that Sean Weatherspoon is out for the year. With a potential need to fill Dent’s place the Falcons went out and hosted Jonathan Vilma as well as signing Tim Dobbins to a one-year deal worth $855,000. Dobbins, an NFL journeyman, seems to be the choice to replace him.
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