An in-depth recap of all the best fantasy players on the Atlanta Falcons.
Falcons acquire T.J. Yates from the Texans
It was believed Dent was on thin ice with the Falcons, as they drafted four linebackers in May's draft. Plus the move of Kroy Biermann and Jonathan Massoquoi to linebacker seems imminent for a team now moving to more of a hybrid, 3-4 defense.
The addition of Yates confirms the Falcons were not completely comfortable with Dominique Davis as the sole backup option to starter Matt Ryan. Last year's seventh round pick in 2013, Sean Renfree, is also in the battle for the number two quarterback job.
Dent was Atlanta's third round pick in the 2011 draft out of Georgia. Dent has played in all but one game in the last three seasons, with 20 starts. He replaced Curtis Lofton as the starting middle linebacker prior to the 2012 season and started 13 games. His playing time was scaled back this past season to only seven starts.
Dent had practically been replaced by Joplo Bartu and Paul Worrilow, who seem to be the new middle linebackers. It shows the lack of support the Atlanta front office had in Dent, considering last week's season-ending injury to Sean Weatherspoon.
Tuesday night reports circulated that Houston was set to release Yates, who was replaced by Case Keenum last year as the Texans' primary backup. Houston signed free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year contract in March. He was named as the Texans' starter by head coach Bill O'Brien on Tuesday. The Texans also drafted Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage in the 4th round of the NFL Draft.
Yates was born in Marietta, GA and graduated from Pope High School. He then played his college ball at North Carolina. Yates, who just turned 27 three weeks ago, was a fifth round pick by Houston in the 2011 Draft.
Yates actually made his first pro start for the Texans in a game against Atlanta on December 4, 2011. He completed 12 of 25 passes for 188 yards. Yates started the final five games of the 2011 season for Houston.
Yates played in four games in 2012, all as a backup. Then last season he appeared in only three games, again as a reserve. In his career, Yates has completed 101 of 166 passes, a 60.8 completion percentage, for 1,100 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions.
Yates also has the distinction of being the first quarterback to lead Houston to a playoff victory. He started the game against Cincinnati on January 7, 2012.
Listen to "The Bill Shanks Show" from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WPLA Fox Sports 1670 AM in Macon and online at http://www.foxsports1670.com/. Follow Bill at twitter.com/BillShanks and e-mail him at email@example.com.
FalconInsider.com Recommended Stories
Odell Beckham makes catch of the year
Former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham made what has to be the most incredible catch of the NFL season. Check out the highlight reel grab!Read More
College Week 13: 10 Saturday Takeaways
Breaking down all the battles that mattered this weekend.Read More
Defense Secretary Hagel Stepping Down
Breaking: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down amidst growing concerns over U.S. handling of global unrest.Read More
5 NHL Teams with Tailgating Crazy Fans
When it comes to tailgating, football might be the first sport that comes to mind, but don’t underestimate hockey. The NHL has some of the most passionate fans in all of sports, and they don’t let up…Read More
Apache Administers Death to Taliban (VIDEO)
The Apache helicopter is one of the most famed and efficient killing machines in the U.S Army. Get the skinny on this 'steel dragon' and watch what one does to a platoon of Taliban fighters in…Read More