A classic pocket passer: very tall and long-limbed with a great power arm. Makes deep throws easily and zips the ball around the field effortlessly. Pretty smooth releasing the ball and has good overall throwing fundamentals. Fairly mobile when he wants to be. Has untapped potential.
Not fluidly athletic and can get sack-prone. Still learning how to read the field and sometimes relies too much on his power arm. Mobility may be further limited by a serious knee injury. Has a history of character issues and must show he's mature enough for the NFL.
Big, strong-armed pocket-passing QB with upside.
Movements & Injuries
Signed by the Tennessee Titans to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 6th round (178th Overall) in 2014.
The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans will start sixth-round rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Texans in Week 8. | 10/22/2014 10:57 PM
The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans will start sixth-round rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Texans in Week 8.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt has officially given up on the season. Jake Locker is in a contract year, and he is too injury prone to commit to long-term. Charlie Whitehurst is not the answer at quarterback either. So Whisenhunt is getting a look at the rookie from LSU.
Mettenberger 'no threat' to Locker's job? | 07/07/2014 5:54 PM
The Nashville Tennessean considers sixth-round rookie Zach Mettenberger "no threat" to Jake Locker's job.
Mettenberger is on the record as believing he's competing for the Titans' starting job, but it's not going to happen in camp. Even if Locker struggles with injury or ineffectiveness early in the season, there's no guarantee Mettenberger would jump clipboard holder/mascot Charlie Whitehurst. Mettenberger's primary job is to develop.
Titans do deal with 6th-round QB Mettenberger | 05/20/2014 11:07 AM
Titans signed sixth-round QB Zach Mettenberger to a four-year contract.
Mettenberger has a bazooka arm but mobility concerns, November ACL tear, and failed drug test at the Combine torpedoed his draft stock. He recently admitted his knee isn't close to 100 percent. There's a chance Mettenberger could "redshirt" as a rookie. If he doesn't, we wouldn't bet against him making 2014 starts. Jake Locker is injury-prone, and Charlie Whitehurst is, well, Charlie Whitehurst.
Mettenberger's knee isn't 100 percent yet | 05/19/2014 11:23 AM
Zach Mettenberger admitted his surgically-repaired left knee isn't close to 100 percent yet.
Mettenberger tore his ACL while playing for LSU in November. He was allowed to throw at last week's non-contact rookie minicamp, but was not moving well. Pocket mobility was the biggest red flag on Mettenberger even before his injury.
Titans end QB Mettenberger's slide at No. 178 | 05/10/2014 3:50 PM
Titans selected LSU QB Zach Mettenberger with the No. 178 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Mettenberger (6-foot-5 1/4, 224) was a four-star recruit to Georgia, but got kicked off the team following a misdemeanor sexual battery conviction, and spent one year at JUCO before landing at LSU. He made 25 starts, compiling a 19-6 record, 35:15 TD-to-INT ratio, and 61.8 completion rate. Mettenberger is built like Joe Flacco with plus hand size (9 3/4") and a big vertical arm, but he's a literal statue in the pocket with slow feet and a long delivery. He also tore his left ACL late last November, although Mettenberger is expected to be ready for camp. Due to his lack of pocket mobility, Mettenberger will likely have to be well protected to become a successful NFL starter. With Jake Locker in the final year of his deal and no successor on the roster, Mettenberger could be coach Ken Whisenhunt's quarterback in 2015 if everything breaks Mettenberger's way.