Sep 14, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback T.J. Yates (13) before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
QB2 — T.J. Yates
Hopefully, the only time we will see T.J. Yates on the field in 2015 will be in the fourth quarter of a blowout Falcons victory, or maybe in Week 17 when the Falcons have wrapped up the NFC’s No. 1 seed.
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Yates will likely be the backup to Ryan again in 2015, after being brought to Atlanta last summer in a trade with the Houston Texans. He will be entering his fifth year in the NFL, having spent three seasons with Texans prior to joining with the Falcons.
Yates’ playing time has been limited, and his numbers aren’t overly flattering. He has completed 104 of his 170 passes for 1,164 yards and three touchdowns. He has thrown seven interceptions and fumbled the football six times.
Even so, he fits in as a solid backup to Ryan and will be able to help the offense if needed.
QB3 — Sean Renfree
Sean Renfree was selected by the Falcons with a compensatory pick in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was placed on injured reserve for the 2013 season, and returned as the third-string quarterback behind Yates last year.
He hasn’t taken a snap in the NFL, so we can only look to what he did in college. In four years at Duke, Renfree completed 898 passes for 9,465 yards and 51 touchdowns to 40 interceptions.
Renfree has good size at 6’3, 219 pounds. He has a strong arm and decent footwork, but it was his decision making in college that let him down and led to picks.
It will be interesting to see his continued development, but for now he will sit behind Yates at No. 3.