HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston Texans receiver Kevin Walter knew the offense would be fine from the moment T.J. Yates ran onto the field for the first time last season.
Yates, a fifth-round draft pick in 2011, was an afterthought on Houston's roster until season-ending injuries to Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart thrust him into the starting role. The former North Carolina star promptly guided the Texans to victories in his first two starts, including a division-clinching win at Cincinnati.
Two weeks into training camp, Schaub is healthy again and Yates is content to be back in a reserve spot for Houston (No. 6 in the AP Pro32). The Texans open the preseason at Carolina (No. 20) on Saturday.
"It's a little bit of a different role," Yates said, "but that doesn't mean I can slough off, or take anything for granted. I've got to work as hard as the next guy, because as last year taught everybody, you've always got to be ready."
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