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 behind Matt Ryan, making his NFL debut against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21 blowout on November 11 last season. Ouch.
The other potential backups for Ryan don’t offer much security either. Sean Renfire, a 7th round draft pick in 2013 spent the entire season on injured reserve and Jeff Matthews, an undrafted rookie from this year’s draft out of Cornell University offers no experience and experience is what a team needs in the backup position should the situation ever arise.
Yates has the experience. He’s got insight of the game on a professional level and he’s got valuable post game experience, having started in two playoff games for the Texans in 2011- defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in the wildcard round (the Texans first ever playoff win) and later losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round, not to mention that’s as many post season wins as Ryan.
Yates, a Georgia native who grew up in Marietta and attended Pope High School is happy to return to his roots and is excited to be given the opportunity to play behind Ryan. Should Ryan ever get hurt this season, I would want Yates as my security blanket. When the team has little to work with elsewhere, making him the number two guy behind Matty Ice is a smart decision. I’d give that an “A.’’