Zach Mettenberger may still be getting his knee back to full strength, but his arm and his poise were enough to impress his Tennessee Titans coaches and teammates in his first NFL practice.
Per a story from the tennessean.com, Mettenberger was confident and strong looking in the weekend practice sessions.
Veteran quarterbacks Jake Locker and Charlie Whitehurst had the weekend off, so it was Mettenberger who had all eyes gazing upon him during the rookie minicamp.
Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt loved the way Mettenberger was threading the needle to receivers, even in high winds.
“He is a stud. He is an absolute stud,” Titans first-round pick Taylor Lewan said. “I have been around Jake a little bit, and Charlie a little bit, and they are great guys. I have obviously been around (Mettenberger) a lot, we’ve spent a lot of time together, and he has the confidence, he has the arm and he has the attitude to play the game.”
The only question that will remain about Mettenberger is is surgically repaired left knee. This was Mett’s first practice since tearing his ACL last November, and he’s still wearing the brace and not moving as well as he had in the past.
“I am not moving as fluidly as I have in the past but I am working hard to get back there,” Mettenberger said. “Being in the brace for two months, trying to learn how to walk, you lose a lot of muscle. … I just have to keep working.”