I didn't know much about this guy before all the recent trouble with our starting LBs...but apparently he has been doing real well in practice lately. This is what Sporting News had to say about him:
"MLB Max Yates has the coaches excited. He has spent parts of the past two seasons on the practice squad. He has a chance to be E.J. Henderson's top backup. Yates has a mean streak and good instincts. He is a hard hitter who uses his body with reckless abandon. He also will vie for a key role on special teams."
I've read other good reports on him from other sources too. Since EJ is no longer guaranteed a starting position, it's important we have a solid backup. Don't get me wrong, I am real excited about seeing EJ in the Mike role this season and I don't want to see anything hold him back...but that is one of the most important positions to have depth and it's good news that Yates is working hard and shows promise.