NFL fans will be able to see another rookie quarterback in action from the 2013 draft after the Tennessee Titans confirmed that Zach Mettenberger will lead their franchise out against the Houston Texans.
Mettenberger will become the third starting quarterback for the Titans this year, Jake Locker who has been identified as the future signal caller for the team has not recovered from his injury to allow him to return to the field.
Mettenberger's time to shine
Charlie Whitehurst is the man losing the starting job to the rookie Mettenberger, Whitehurst had started the previous three games but hasn't been allowed to respond to the media despite his benching for the game with the Texans.
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean first reported the change at quarterback position for Tennessee:
"On Monday, coach Ken Whisenhunt said the plan was for [Jake] Locker to regain his place in the starting lineup when healthy. But with the Titans having lost five of their last six games and facing steep odds to make the playoffs, the coach apparently had a change of heart."
"Indications are Mettenberger was informed of the decision Tuesday night. He was not in the locker room after practice Wednesday, when Locker was off-limits to the media. Charlie Whitehurst, who has three starts this season, said he was not allowed to talk to reporters."
It is believed that the rookie knew his chance to shine would come sooner rather than later and with the Titans languishing with a 2-5 record, seemingly out of the playoff hunt altogether, Mettenberger will get his chance to start this weekend.
Rookie ready to go
According to ESPN.com's Adam Caplan, the plan has been in place for a while, he said: "Mettenberger was told weeks ago to get ready to play. Time is now. Team is 2-5, Locker can't stay healthy."
Mettenberger was recently asked about the possibility of starting by Wyatt, he responded: "Anybody worth their salt wants to play, so that is what I am doing, I am pushing the two guys ahead of me and trying to get better, It's about taking advantage of the opportunity I am given. That is what I am waiting on, an opportunity I guess. Eventually, whenever that is, you have to make the most of it."
Derek Carr was the only rookie quarterback who started week one of the regular season, but now the league has been introduced to many other rookies including Blake Bortles of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Teddy Bridgewater for the Minnesota Vikings.
Much like Bortles and Bridgewater, the opportunity has presented itself through injuries to the starter and now Mettenberger will take his first starting snaps as a quarterback in the NFL.