Yates makes a fine debut for the Falcons in win over Dolphins

Falcons backup quarterback T.J. Yates, a native of Marietta, had a fine debut with his hometown team. The Falcons acquired the former Pope High standout in a trade with the Houston Texans on June 18th after their offseason training program was completed. The Falcons sent linebacker Akeem Dent to the Texans for Yates, and released last season’s backup Dominique Davis. Despite...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons’ best post-season move will not have immediate impact

The Falcons haven’t had much success when it comes to relying on backup quarterbacks, and fortunately they haven’t had to rely on them too much, but as the saying goes “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” The Falcons recently traded LB Akeem Dent to the Houston Texans in return for QB TJ Yates and waivered the former backup QB Dominique Davis. Davis served as the backup...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Team Previews: Houston Texans

Key AdditionsQB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Andre Brown, ILB Akeem Dent, S Chris Clemons, S Kendrick Lewis, DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney (draft), G Xavier Su'a-Filo (draft), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (draft), NT Louis Nix (draft), QB Tom Savage (draft)  Key LossesQB Matt Schaub, QB T.J. Yates, RB Ben Tate, WR Lestar Jean, TE Owen Daniels, DE/DT Antonio Smith, NT Earl Mitchell, DT Terrell McClain...
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Could a former rival be Atlanta’s best option at linebacker?; Falcons trade the Texans for Matt Ryan’s backup

Here are the top columns from the previous week that you might have missed: Could a former rival be Atlanta’s best option at linebacker? Atlanta trades Akeem Dent Five likely Hard Knocks’ storylines Grill with the Falcons recap You may also be interested in:Weekly Rewind: Could a former rival be Atlanta’s best option at linebacker?; Falcons trade the Texans for Matt Ryan...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

SOTT Mailbag: Summer Break Edition

We open up our mailbox for questions on the Houston Texans who recently wrapped up their Mandatory Mini-Camp this past Thursday. The team will hit a four-week break before training camp opens in late July. Once again our readers came through for us and dropped some questions for us to answer.   @PatDStat @SOTTexans how’s Clemons looked, I would have picked him as the starting...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Jones Ready To Welcome Akeem Dent with Open Arms

Friends come and go in the NFL and this is exactly what Houston Texans offensive lineman Ben Jones is going through with the recent trade of T.J. Yates to the Atlanta Falcons. In one day, Jones saw one of his best friends on the team in Yates be shipped off to the Falcons only to see a familiar face in Akeem Dent as the player coming in return. “That is part of the business....
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans Acquire Akeem Dent: Impact on Linebacker Position Battles

As you’ve no doubt heard by now the Texans acquired former Falcons linebacker Akeem Dent in a trade that sent quarterback T.J. Yates to the Falcons. I was a bit surprised as the day before the Texans announced their intention to cut Yates, but before that move was finalized other teams who weren’t at the top of the waiver order apparently expressed interest in trading for the...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Experience was key with Falcons' trade for QB Yates

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff was burning the midnight oil on the eve of his team's final day of minicamp. In a single night, Dimitroff pulled off a pair of moves intended to upgrade the Falcons' depth -- something that proved to be a glaring weakness for Atlanta's 4-12 campaign last year. The Falcons acquired backup quarterback...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans Swap QB T.J. Yates for Falcons LB Akeem Dent

The Houston Texans made a trade yesterday that sent one of their back-up quarterbacks, T.J. Yates, to the Atlanta Falcons for one of their linebackers, Akeem Dent. The trade was a simple player for player swap that was just a couple of teams getting rid of players that they no longer had a use for. Why This Makes Sense for the Texans According to many reports, it seemed as though...
Via The Sideline
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking: Houston Texans trade quarterback

After Ryan Fitzpatrick was named as the starter for the Houston Texans, it was then revealed reportedly that the team released T.J. Yates. That isn’t what ended up happening, as the team actually traded him to the Atlanta Falcons for linebacker Akeem Dent. According to Jason La Canfora of the report (link above) the team informed him that he would not be with the team, but they...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons land quarterback T.J. Yates in trade

The Atlanta Falcons seem to have solved their backup quarterback dilemma on Wednesday, trading linebacker Akeem Dent to the Houston Texans for quarterback T.J. Yates. Yates immediately brings the Falcons the most starting experience of any quarterbacks that are currently behind starter Matt Ryan. Yates has five career starts under his belt and made a name for himself as a rookie...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans ship T.J. Yates to Falcons for Akeem Dent

Reports of T.J. Yates‘ release by the Texans were exaggerated. Or maybe just erroneous. On Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that Yates had been cut, on the same day coach Bill O’Brien named Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter. Now, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Texans have actually traded Yates to the Falcons. In return, Houston gets linebacker...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking: Atlanta Falcons make an ideal trade with the Houston Texans

In a rather surprising move, The Falcons announced that they traded inside linebacker Akeem Dent to the Houston Texans for quarterback T.J. Yates. Dent, a fourth year veteran, appeared in 15 games last season with 7 starts. He had 51 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the 2013 season. He was an Atlanta fan favorite due to his local roots, he played college football at The University of Georgia...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans Set to Acquire Akeem Dent Pending Physical

The Houston Texans are set to acquire inside linebacker Akeem Dent from the Atlanta Falcons after trading quarterback T.J. Yates. Dent was drafted in 2011 in the 3rd round (91st overall) out of Georgia where he was an All-SEC linebacker. In three seasons he has appeared in 47 games starting 20 of them and he has totaled 136 total tackles (81 solo, 55 assists) with 1.5 sacks and three...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons acquire experienced QB Yates in trade with Texans

Hours after Falcons coach Mike Smith discussed his team's open competition at the quarterback spot behind starter Matt Ryan, Atlanta's front office all but ended the conversation. The Falcons acquired former Texans starter T.J. Yates in a two-player trade on Wednesday night, sending linebacker Akeem Dent to Houston in return. The acquisition assures the Falcons have plenty...
Via Fox Sports South
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Texans Trade T.J. Yates to the Atlanta Falcons

So the Houston Texans apparently did not cut T.J. Yates on Tuesday, which was widely reported. They decided to keep him on the roster for an extra 24 hours in order to see if they could work out a deal.  Fortunately for the Texans, they found a trade partner in the form of the Atlanta Falcons, who gave up linebacker Akeem Dent for the backup quarterback (via CSN Houston). The Texans...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans Trade TJ Yates to Falcons for Akeem Dent

It appears that reports claiming that the Texans had released QB TJ Yates may have have been false. Instead the Texans have seemingly worked out a trade with the Falcons which sends Yates to Atlanta in exchange for LB Akeem Dent. This is quite odd since the Falcons recently lost their other starting LB Sean Weatherspoon to a season ending Achilles tear. This doesn’t leave much...
Via BlackSportsOnline
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans ended up trading T.J. Yates to the Falcons

We reported on Tuesday that the Texans released quarterback T.J. Yates. Well that’s actually not the case. Per @ProFootballTalk, once word got out #Texans would be releasing Yates, teams started calling. Suddenly, he had value & no deadline to cut — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 19, 2014 The Falcons traded linebacker Akeem Dent to Houston for Yates. Falcons trade linebacker...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans Trade T.J. Yates to the Falcons

The Houston Texans have traded quarterback T.J. Yates to the Atlanta Falcons for linebacker Akeem Dent. Despite media reports Yates was never officially waived by the Texans which means that Yates was still on the 90 man roster of the Texans. The move gets Yates is originally from Georgia so he returns back home to join the Falcons. The deal will become official after both players...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Some final insight on the Atlanta Falcons draft

The NFL Draft was a hurricane of drama, suspense, and excitement. The Atlanta Falcons came away with multiple players that should be making an immediate impact. Here are a couple of thoughts I had during the weekend: 1. What does Atlanta do now at Tight End? Atlanta obviously has far more faith in Levine Toilolo than we ever imagined. The former 4th round pick had his ups and downs...
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May 14, 2014  |  1 Comment

Evaluating Falcons Second-Round Pick, Ra’Shede Hageman

Continuing to work on the offensive and defensive front, the have Atlanta Falcons selected defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman out of Minnesota with their second-round pick (37th overall). It is clearly that the Falcons are adding depth (with this pick) to there injury-prone defense, which saw defensive end Kroy Biermann, linebackers Sean Weatherspoon, Akeem Dent, and Stephen Nicholas...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 prospects: Inside Linebacker

Atlanta is in dire need of depth at the linebacker position, especially since switching to a 3-4 base defense. In my opinion, Sean Weatherspoon will be most suited for moving inside next to Akeem Dent or emerging second year talent Paul Worrilow, freeing up the LOLB position for an incoming rookie. As of today, it would appear Kroy Biermann is in line to be starting ROLB. Here is...
Via cover32 - Falcons
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons need more hits than misses with upcoming draft

The Atlanta Falcons desperately need to have a good draft. If having their coaching staff work the Senior Bowl helps to turn around last season's 4-12 record, the Falcons might have a leg up when May and the NFL Draft rolls around. "Talking with coaches that I consider mentors that have coached in this ballgame, they have said that they had some of their best drafts after...
Via Fox Sports South
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan finds promise in struggling Atlanta defense

Mike Nolan knows his second season as Falcons defensive coordinator has been a borderline disaster. He's not sure if coach Mike Smith and Atlanta's front office will want him back next year, but the uncertainty hasn't stopped Nolan from tinkering with his personnel and schemes to find the right formula. Asked this week if he plans to return to the Falcons in 2014 after...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons may ponder defensive changes after blowout loss

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. With only seven games remaining and the 2-7 Falcons nursing a three-game losing streak, it would figure the coaching staff might have an eye toward the future with ceratin players. But for head coach Mike Smith, the No. 1 goal remains victory, although on Monday, he hinted that changes could be in the offing following the Falcons' 33-10 loss to Seattle....
Via Fox Sports South
November 11, 2013  |  Discuss
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