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Buffalo Bills host veteran QB T.J. Yates on free-agent visit

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He has a tie to Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennsion.

T.J. Yates was at One Bills Drive on a free-agent visit today, a veteran quarterback who spent three seasons in Houston with new Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.

Yates went from the third-string signal-caller caller to the backup with the Texans from 2011 to 2013. Dennison was the team’s offensive coordinator all three of those years.

Picked in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by the Texans, Yates was with the Falcons in 2014, and most recently played for the Dolphins.

In his career, he’s completed 58.1% of his 227 pass attempts with six touchdowns and eight interceptions at 6.8 yards per attempt.

His claim to fame is starting and winning a playoff game for the Texans in early January of 2012. Houston beat Cincinnati 31-10, and Yates went 11 of 20 for 159 yards with one touchdown and no picks.

Yates is a serviceable No. 3 quarterback, but if signed, he would be familiar with Dennison’s offense.