Yates has shot at Leinart's No. 2 role with Texans

Just as Tim Tebow is in a fight with Brady Quinn to be the top backup in Denver and Vince Young is trying to stave off Mike Kafka in Philadelphia, Matt Leinart could be getting a challenge of his own in Houston.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak told the Houston Chronicle he could not rule out rookie T.J. Yates of North Carolina becoming the team’s second-string quarterback behind Matt Schaub.

Despite his good work in preseason, it would probably take a stumble by the former Southern Cal Heisman Trophy winner in order for Yates to make a move sooner rather than later.

That’s partly because of so much lost practice time caused by the lockout.

"I think he has the ability to do that," Kubiak said. "I think he's like every other rookie in the league right now. He's missing his OTAs and off-season work and you can't substitute that for players.
"He's got the ability, he's got the arm, he's got the brain, all those things, just needs reps and the closer we get, he gets less, so that's the thing that makes it hard."

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