Falcons hire T.J. Yates as passing game specialist

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The Atlanta Falcons added another former NFL quarterback to their coaching staff on Saturday, naming T.J. Yates as the team’s passing game specialist.

Yates played at North Carolina before being selected in the fifth round by the Houston Texans in 2011. He would go on to lead the Texans to their first ever playoff win as a rookie. After that, Yates spent several years as a backup, including a one-year stint with the Falcons in 2014.

Retiring in 2017, Yates would go on to join the Texans coaching staff as an assistant quarterbacks coach in 2019. After serving two years in Houston, he joins the Falcons new staff as a passing game specialist under offensive coordinator Dave Ragone.

Ragone, who also played quarterback in the NFL, won’t be calling the plays. Head coach Arthur Smith will be Atlanta’s play-caller in 2021.

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