Friday evening I spent time watching the last two games that the Tennessee Titans played against the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens and decided to chart all of the throws made by rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger in both while watching.
I charted both of these games all on the one image that you can see below.
What stuck out to me is how Mettenberger is able to throw to all areas of the field within ten yards of the line of scrimmage. He won’t shy away from the middle of the field, either, although a few of those short completions were to running backs or tight ends going across the middle.
If I recall correctly, three of Mettenberger’s incompletion within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage were tipped or batted balls. In the future I think I might color those differently.
On passes thrown more than ten yards down the field in the last two games, Mettenberger is 10-of-26 with two interceptions.
Against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night, expect Mettenberger to get rid of the football quickly with most of his throws going outside the numbers. He also likes to throw the deep out to the sideline. I also expect him to check down to his running backs quite a bit in the game as well.