Taylor Jonathan Yates was born on May 28, 1987 and attended Pope High in Marietta, GA. As a freshman at the University of North Carolina, he started 12 games, leading the Tar Heels to a 4-8 record. He completed 218 of 365 pass attempts (59.7%) for 2,655 yards, 14 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. As a sophomore, he started 6 of 7 games despite being sidelined with a fractured ankle for 5 games. He led his team to a 3-3 record as a starter, passing for 1,168 yards, 11 touchdowns, 4 interceptions while completing 81 of 135 attempts (60%). As a junior he started all 13 games, leading them to an 8-5 record. He completed 214 of 355 passes (60.3%) for 2,136 yards, 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. As a senior, he started all 13 games and led them to an 8-5 record once more. He completed 282 of 422 passes (66.8%) for 3,418 yards, 19 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. During his career at North Carolina, he also had 7 rushing touchdowns. He was selected by the Houston Texans in the fifth round (152nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Signed by Houston Texans on July 31, 2011 ... Acquired by Atlanta Falcons in trade from Houston in exchange for LB Akeem Dent on June 18, 2014.
Signed a four-year contract worth $2.25 million with the Texans in 2011. His deal included a $185,000 signing bonus. His base salary in 2014 is $645,000 and he will count the same towards the Falcons salary cap.