FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — T.J. Yates is returning to the Atlanta Falcons as a coach.
Yates, a native of suburban Atlanta who spent one season backing up Matt Ryan, was announced Saturday as the passing game specialist for new head coach Arthur Smith.
The Falcons also hired Lanier Goethie as a defensive assistant and Nick Perry as the assistant defensive backs coach.
The 33-year-old Yates joins the Falcons staff after spending the last two seasons coaching with the Houston Texans. In 2020, he was assistant quarterbacks coach as Deshaun Watson earned his third Pro Bowl selection.