Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger has completed 31-of-44 passes for 417 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks while Charlie Whitehurst has been out of the lineup with an injury to his throwing hand.
That isn’t enough to push him ahead of Whitehurst on the depth chart, however. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said that Whitehurst remains the No. 2 behind Jake Locker to start the season.
“Charlie’s had a very good preseason, too, and a very good camp,” Whisenhunt said, via the Tennessean. “I’ve said Charlie was the two coming in, and I don’t think that is going to change.”
Mettenberger has thrown for 504 yards overall this preseason, which is the most in the league, but has also turned the ball over four times. While the rookie’s upside is almost certainly better than anything we’ve seen from Whitehurst over the course of his career, so is the downside right now and that may explain why Mettenberger remains in the third spot.