Tennessee Titans Waive QB Zach Mettenberger; Former 6th Round Draft Pick
The Tennessee Titans announced the release of Zach Mettenberger on Monday. A former 6th round pick, Mettenberger just never seemed to transition from college ball to the NFL. Appearing in seven games last season to backup an injured Marcus Mariota, Mettenberger threw for just 935 yards and four touchdowns with seven interceptions.
Mettenberger is the perfect example of an unpolished rookie quarterback who got thrown in the fire far too early in his career. Sixth round picks should rarely be expected to come in and lead the team day one. In 2014, that’s exactly what happened. He showed glimpses of hope, throwing for 1,412 yards and eight touchdowns to go with seven interceptions. Clearly, the Titans had other plans for the franchise as they selected Marcus Mariota second overall in 2015.
Over the past two seasons, the Titans were 0-10 in games that Mettenberger started. That will definitely earn you a spot on the cut list. The Titans have also brought in journeyman Matt Cassel, who has played the backup role for NFL teams for what seems to be decades now.
While Mettenberger may never be a starting quarterback in this league, he is still very young (25) and has game experience. However, this looks to be a little more questionable after Paul Kuharsky of ESPN reported that after attempting to trade the QB, teams were not even willing to give up a seventh round pick.
This may seem puzzling to most, but when you look at the numbers it becomes a little more understandable. In his career, Mettenberger has a 16.5 Total Quarterback Rating, he has been sacked 31 times and fumbled eight times in just 14 games. Of the 68 quarterbacks who have started at least one game since he was drafted in 2014, Mettenberger sits at 64 in QBR.
Regardless of everything mentioned above, a team somewhere will pick him up to fill a roster spot. The Titans knew there was no future for him with the team, so they decided to move on very early as his rookie contract had not even expired yet.
It will be interesting to see where the LSU product lands, if he lands anywhere.
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