Flowery Branch, GA – The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have signed quarterback T.J. Yates to a contract extension.

Yates, 6-4, 217 pounds, was originally selected by the Houston Texans in the fifth round (152nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Falcons in exchange for LB Akeem Dent on June 19, 2014 and appeared in one game.

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In three seasons in Houston, Yates completed 101 of 166 passes (60.8 percent) for 1,100 yards with three touchdowns, six interceptions, and a 71.4 quarterback rating in 13 career games with the Texans. He played in six games as a rookie in 2011, including five starts, leading the Texans to a 3-3 record after throwing for 949 yards on 82 of 134 passing (61.2 percent) with three touchdowns, three interceptions and an 80.7 passer rating.

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Yates led a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives and threw for 300 yards with a pair of scores in Week 14 of the 2011 season, earning him AFC Player of the Week honors and clinching the AFC South Division title for Houston.

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He played in four games in 2012 and saw action in three games in 2013 as a backup.