Zach Mettenberger is set to back up Marcus Mariota for the Titans. He did so last year, eventually playing and throwing five interceptions versus two touchdowns over four starts. Fantasy owners should pass on Mettenberger since he doesn't have much of a future as long as he's on the Titans' depth chart.
Mettenberger was claimed off of waivers by the Chargers on Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Mettenberger now heads to San Diego to reunite with former head coach and current offensive coordinator of the Chargers, Ken Whisenhunt. The 24-year-old was waived by the Titans on Monday after two seasons with the team in which he started 10 games. He'll compete with veteran Kellen Clemens for the number two spot on the depth chart behind Philip Rivers.
Mettenberger has been waived by the Titans, The Tennessean reports. Mettenberger started 10 games across his two seasons in Tennessee, combining for 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, but the Titans sought a more experienced backup to quarterback Marcus Mariota, thus signing veteran Matt Cassel earlier this offseason. With Cassel joining the Titans, Mettenberger's path to reps was even more crowded, so now the 24-year-old will get the opportunity to go through OTAs and training camp elsewhere. At 6'5", 220 pounds, Mettenberger's size and arm strength should make him an intriguing option for teams in the market for a reserve signal-caller.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson would like to keep Mettenberger in Tennessee this coming season despite the offseason acquisition of veteran free agent Matt Cassel, the Nashville Post reports. Quarterback depth isn't easy to come by in the NFL, and Robinson would prefer to keep his options open behind starter Marcus Mariota rather than deal Mettenberger to a quarterback-needy destination. Mettenberger saw meaningful action in six games last season, but the 24-year-old will have to beat out Cassel then hope for an injury to Mariota in order to have a realistic chance of contributing for the Titans in 2016.
Mettenberger (forearm) is questionable to return Sunday against the Colts. Before leaving the contest, Mettenberger had completed 5-of-13 passes for 38 yards and an interception while rushing twice for 4 yards and a touchdown. In his absence, Alex Tanney has taken over quarterback duties for the Titans.
Mettenberger will start against the Colts on Sunday with Marcus Mariota (knee) sidelined. Mettenberger will be at the helm once again Sunday when the 3-12 Titans finish off their season against the Colts. It'll be Mettenberger's fourth start of the 2015 campaign, and he's coming off a one touchdown, two-turnover performace last Sunday against the Texans. Should the Titans be down for most of the contest this upcoming Sunday, Mettenberger could have plenty of chances to throw the ball.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|4||10/02||New Orleans Saints||33||29.31|
|13||12/04||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||25||22.06|
|17||01/01||Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||60.5||1174||6||7||6||0||75|