For Texans quarterback T.J. Yates, the starting job that eluded him for years is firmly within his grasp. Yates will start his second consecutive game Monday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Texans coach Bill O’Brien affirmed that Yates will remain the starter. He didn’t officially rule out quarterback Tom Savage for the remainder of the regular season, but emphasized that he’s a “ways off” in terms of being cleared under the NFL concussion protocol. Yates is hoping to upgrade his performance and production significantly after the entire offseason struggled during a 45-7 road loss last Sunday to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his first start in two years, Yates was sacked four times and hit nine times overall as he completed just 12 of 31 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown and one interception. “Obviously starting for the first time in two years, you have to get kind of back into the groove of things,” said Yates, who threw touchdown passes in relief of Savage the previous game against the San Francisco 49ers. “In the San Fran game, I could kind of just go out there and read and react and go play. But with a week of preparation, different team, different look, it’s just kind of going through the process of getting back out there on the field. “Definitely starting fast. That’s a goal of the whole offense and the team, really. We have to get something going early to kind of get momentum built and just kind of build on that.”