Dec 31, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates (2) drops back to pass during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons hire T.J. Yates as passing game specialist

The Atlanta Falcons hired former NFL quarterback T.J. Yates as a passing game specialist, the team announced Saturday.

Yates was a fifth-round pick by the Houston Texans in 2011 and spent the 2014 season as a backup with the Falcons.

Yates, 33, retired after the 2017 season, having played in 22 games and starting 10.

The former North Carolina Tar Heels QB was the Texans’ assistant quarterbacks coach in 2020.

He’ll work under new offensive coordinator Dave Ragone and new head coach Arthur Smith.

–Field Level Media