FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons have acquired reserve quarterback T.J. Yates in a trade that sends linebacker Akeem Dent to the Houston Texans.
Yates, a fifth-round pick in 2011, will have a chance to compete with Dominique Davis, Sean Renfree and Jeff Mathews for the No. 2 job behind Matt Ryan.
Yates has a 71.5 passer rating in 13 games, including five starts in 2011.
Dent, a third-round draft pick in 2011, lost his job as a starter last year and was listed behind rookies Prince Shembo and Marquis Spruill on Atlanta’s depth chart at inside linebacker. Dent has started 20 of 47 career games.