Earlier this week, quarterback Zach Mettenberger was released by the Tennessee Titans. However, it did not take him long to find a new home, as the San Diego Chargers were one of three teams putting in a waiver claim.
Per reports, the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants also tried claiming the third-year signal-caller.
Now that Mettenberger is off to a fresh start in San Diego, he says that he is rejuvenated and excited to get back onto the field. In Tennessee, after the team selected Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 overall pick, Mettenberger didn’t see much of an opportunity.
“It was tough to be in Tennessee behind a guy like Marcus [Mariota], where there isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel,” Mettenberger told the Chargers official website. “Being here has put the wind back in my sails.
“I’m a tough, hard-nosed guy. I am going to try and do whatever I need to do to make this team better, whatever role that is. Whether that means being the backup or the third-string guy, I’ll do whatever they need me to do.”
In San Diego, Mettenberger will be competing for backup duties. But with his former head coach and quarterbacks coach on the Chargers staff, the familiarity could help him along.
Mettenberger is also working hard to absorb any knowledge he can from former first-rounder Philip Rivers.
“I’m a tough, hard-nosed guy,” Mettenberger said. “I am going to try and do whatever I need to do to make this team better, whatever role that is. Whether that means being the backup or the third-string guy, I’ll do whatever they need me to do.”
It will be interesting to see if Mettenberger will eventually get his shot in San Diego, but if he does, he seems to be approaching the game with the right attitude.
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