Zach Mettenberger Wants To Be In The Mix To Be Week 1 Starter

Zach Mettenberger

Zach Mettenberger slid to the sixth round of the draft due to his ACL injury and concerns about a lack of production in big games at the college level.

Mettenberger told SiriusXM NFL Radio he plans on fighting for the Titans starting job from the beginning, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

“If I was drafted and Jake Locker is the vet, I’m coming for his job from Day 1,” Mettenberger said. “That’s my attitude. If I don’t win the job, I’m pushing, in this scenario, pushing Mark to be the best guy for the job. I’m going to make Jake work that much harder, make Charlie (Whitehurst) work that much harder, ’cause I’m coming every day. And I’m bringing my best effort and my hardest work to the facility every day to show that I shot be the guy playing.”

“I think that’s the approach any guy worth his salt has,” Mettenberger said. “You’re not only thinking about the short team, but you also have a long-term view of yourself as a player and a person. We don’t play this game to ride the bench, you don’t play this game to just get a paycheck — at least the good ones don’t. You play this game because you love it, you love competing, and you wanna play. That’s what I’m doing.”

“I’m trying to do whatever Coach (Ken) Whisenhunt asks of me, trying to show that I play mistake-free football and can lead long drives,” Mettenberger said. “That’s all I can control. And if my time comes this year, next year, four years, it doesn’t matter. When that opportunity comes, I have to take advantage of it, and be patient until that time comes.”

The Top 15 Hottest Titans Cheerleaders and Fans Of All-Time

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Lewan Said He Was Breaking Up Fight When Charged In College Incident

Titans rookie tackle Taylor Lewan has said repeatedly he was merely breaking up a fight the night he was charged in an incident while in college but his ex-girlfriend and the alleged victim say otherwise, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Lewan, a first-round pick of the Titans who played at Michigan, is facing three misdemeanor charges — one count of aggravated assault, two counts of assault and battery — stemming from the Dec. 1 incident on campus after the Ohio State-Michigan game.

According to a 36-page Ann Arbor police report obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, James Hughes of Denver said Lewan hit him in the face and Alexandra Dileo, whose brother was a teammate of Lewan’s, said “Taylor is lying” about his actions.

“He knocked the guy to the ground and he punched him,” she told police in a telephone interview Jan. 29, according to the report. Per the report, she recalled hearing Lewan tell his mother “I knocked a guy out” the next morning while they were having breakfast.

Lewan is scheduled to return to a Michigan court room on June 16 after his pretrial hearing was delayed during a court appearance earlier this month. His attorney, John A. Shea, entered a not guilty plea for Lewan “at my request for further investigation.”

Lewan, Hughes, Dileo and others interviewed by police acknowledged they had been drinking alcohol on the night in question. Lewan’s motives were “related to the University of Michigan and Ohio State rivalry and to levels of intoxication,” according to the report. Hughes is an Ohio State fan.

Lewan told police he was only separating people in the fight, something he told reporters after being selected by the Titans.

“I was completely breaking things up,” Lewan said. “I did push guys to get everything out of the way. I never struck a man (with a) closed fist or anything of that nature. The thing is, I explained to (the Titans) everything and told them the truth, that’s what it was. I’m happy that (the Titans) believed me.”

Titans Go OL in Round One – Take Taylor Lewan with 11th Pick

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The Titans went big in round one, taking Michigan 6’7, 309 pound offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. He will boost a line with a new running back with Chris Johnson gone, and will help protect Jake Locker in the passing game.

Previewing the 2014 Tennessee Titans Schedule

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The Tennessee Titans will start anew in 2014, as new head coach Ken Whisenhunt takes over with his own idea of what the Titans needs to do to get back to the playoffs. Bringing on offensive weapons Dexter McCluster and beefing up the defense should play a helping hand, while the deciding factor will undoubtedly be whether or not quarterback Jake Locker can finally realize his potential.

 

The Tennessee Titans schedule could make it difficult for Locker and co. to get it done in 2014, as their home games alone offer some stiff tests against the Cowboys and Steelers. Depending on whether they can rebound, the New York Giants and New York Jets could also be stiff tests, while the Cleveland Browns is arguably Tennessee’s only “easy” home game of the year outside of the division.

 

On the road, Tennessee has some work in front of them, as they travel to Baltimore, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington. The Redskins could be a road game the Titans claim, but overall their schedule could prove to be quite challenging.

 

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Titans Cut RB Chris Johnson

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The Titans have cut running back Chris Johnson, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Johnson was scheduled to make $8 million this year following a season when he ran for 1,077 yards and a career-low average of 3.9 yards per carry. The Titans attempted to trade him after the start of the league new year on March 11, but could not work out a deal with any other team.

“As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans. Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six year career with our team,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement released by the team.

“We have had an open dialogue with Chris’ agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process. We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so. We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us.”

Johnson put out a statement on his release late Friday afternoon.

“I’d like to thank all of my teammates, the fans, the staff and the coaches who have supported me throughout my journey with the Titans. I have grown so much as an individual and as teammate over the past few years, and I am excited about the opportunity to bring my experience and talents to a new organization. I’m looking forward to the next chapter and can’t wait to contribute to my new team.”

Nate Washington Faces An Uncertain Future With The Titans

Not knowing your NFL future can be a tough fate for players who are on the bubble to be back due to their salary or the fact they may be on the verge of being replaced.

That’s what’s facing Titans WR Nate Washington, who still is unsure if he will be able to return to Tennessee in 2014, most likely not unless he takes a pay cut.

Washington is set to make $4.8 million in 2014, a season that could see him reunite with Ken Whisenhunt, his former OC when he was a young WR with the Steelers.

“I think he loves me and I love that guy,” Washington said, via the Tennessean about his new coach.

“But it’s a business. Could he sit here today and tell you he’s going to get rid of me? I’m pretty sure he couldn’t. And I could never sit here and tell you that I’m gone. At the end of the day, I love coach Whisenhunt and I love the Titans. I feel the same amount of love coming back from the Titans and the city.

So whatever [the future] brings, it brings. But I will guarantee that my preparation for the city and this season will be there.”

Is there room for Washington on a Titans team with young hungry WR’s like Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter?

That’s a big question, and one that may have to be answered by Washington and his hefty salary. Last season he pulled in 58 passes for 919 yards and three touchdowns, not huge numbers, but he brings a solid veteran presence to a young team.

For now, Washington’s future with the Titans remains up in the air.

It’s a fate he hopes will be determined sooner rather than later so he can get back to work getting set for the 2014 campaign.