In the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft back in May, the Tennessee Titans selected former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, immediately beginning the speculation that he had a good chance to surpass current starting quarterback Jake Locker, who has struggled mightily early in his career.
So, is Mettenberger a legitimate threat to steal the starting gig from Locker this summer as training camp approaches?
As Jim Wyatt from the Tennessean points out, despite all of the naysayers against Locker, Mettenberger is not a candidate to replace Locker, at least for this season. As a matter of fact, he won’t even be the no. 2 signal caller on the depth chart.
And, lastly, Mettenberger is not a candidate to be a starter this fall. He’s competing with Tyler Wilson for the No. 3 spot behind starter Jake Locker and Charlie Whitehurst.
The talk of Mettenberger possibly becoming the starter for Tennessee heated up recently with some competitive comments that he made during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio.
“If I was drafted and [SiriusXM NFL Radio host Mark Brunell] is the vet, I’m coming for his job from Day 1,” Mettenberger said. “That’s my attitude. If I don’t win the job, I’m pushing, in this scenario, pushing Mark to be the best guy for the job. I’m going to make Jake work that much harder, make Charlie [Whitehurst] work that much harder, cause I’m coming everyday. And I’m bringing my best effort and my hardest work to the facility everyday to show that I shot be the guy playing.”
Mettenberger was drafted as a project, more or less, so it’s really no shock that he won’t be in contention for the starting spot. But next year could be a different story.