T.J. Yates is coming to Buffalo with no delusions of what his job will be.
“This is obviously Tyrod’s team,” he said by conference call. “I’m just here to bring experience to the quarterback room and knowledge in the system and help out in any way I can.”
The Bills signed the six year vet on Monday to compete for the backup quarterback job with Cardale Jones.
Yates started five games as a rookie with the Texans in 2011, including two in the playoffs.
“That rookie year, it kind of did a lot for me as far as my development mentally, as a football player,” Yates said. “Getting thrown into the fire like that my rookie year. I learned so much from all the veterans that were around me. Hopefully, I can bring as much knowledge and leadership to this team as possible.”
He’s only made two starts in the five seasons since 2011. The Bills will be fourth different team in four seasons.
Yates will be 30 in May and understands his value in Buffalo.
“It’s always good to have as many veteran guys on the team as possible in my opinion, he said. “The more experiences you have in the league, I think it’s better.”
He has plenty of experience with Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who held the same job in Yates’ first three seasons in Houston.
“I’ve been keeping up with Rico quite a bit this offseason and being comfortable with him, comfortable with his offense I ran for so long,” Yates said. “It’s definitely a good thing for me and hopefully for the team.”
He thinks Tyrod Taylor and Buffalo’s powerful running game will thrive under Dennison.
“The type of outside of the pocket stuff that is in this offense, I think, will be tremendous for Tyrod in how athletic he is and how versatile he is,” Yates said. “[It’s a] very explosive offense, and we have a lot of explosive players on this offense so I think it’s going to be a great fit.”