Sunday, September 13, 2015, 3:16pm
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Titans QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. Charlie Whitehurst is expected to start against Indianapolis this week.
Charlie Whitehurst will get the start in what is shaping up to be one of the worst Thursday Night Football games of all time. Kendall Wright is active after missing a couple of games with a hand injury, and apparently won’t be wearing a splint or a cast on his hand. He’s not a great start, but he’s been pretty solid when active and with Justin Hunter out, he should get plenty of targets. We prefer Nate Washington, who had a strong Week 15. The matchup against Jacksonville (#4 in WR aFPA) is not favorable.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Titans QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder, doubtful) did not practice Wednesday. Charlie Whitehurst is expected to get the start on Thursday.
With Walker out, Chase Coffman is next up on the depth chart. He has just two catches this season, both coming back in Week 2. He was targeted three times last week and should only be an emergency option if you counted on Walker.
Colts beat writer Mike Wells on the team's surprising defensive prowess: I didn’t think this defense had a chance once linebacker Robert Mathis, last season’s sack leader, was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. The unit appeared to be headed for a rough season after it had only one sack over the first two games. But defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has taken a hold-nothing-back approach with his defense. With two cornerbacks who can blanket receivers, Greg Toler and Vontae Davis, Manusky is loading the box and constantly blitzing. That is why the Colts have 20 sacks and nine turnovers during their five-game winning streak. They have also held their past four opponents to 4-of-41 on third down. People might not have respected the Colts' defense before, but now teams have to take notice.
The unit has averaged 12.9 FP per game over the last five weeks, but has had the benefit of facing Chad Henne/Blake Bortles, Charlie Whitehurst, Ryan Fitzpatrick and an A.J. Green-less Bengals team. Starting with Week 12, the Colts defense has a pretty nice schedule to close the season.
The move could also signal the beginning of the end for quarterback Jake Locker in Tennessee. The fourth-year pro has missed the last two games with a thumb injury and has struggled with injuries throughout his career.
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.
Here's the scouting report on Mettenberger from NFL.com's Nolan Nawrocki: "Pure dropback, strong-armed thrower who will require patient, confidence-building play-calling and a clean pocket to function at a high level in the NFL. Has starter talent in a vertical, downfield passing attack if he can learn to take command of a huddle and continue progressing as a decision-maker." Mettenberger under center could be a good thing for Justin Hunter, who is the Titans' best deep threat.
Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm
Titans QB Jake Locker (right hand, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 7. The Tennessee beat writers seem to think that Charlie Whitehurst will get the start. Even if Locker starts, he isn’t a trustworthy play despite the nice matchup.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Titans QB Jake Locker (right hand, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 6. Locker is listed as questionable ,but seems doubtful for Week 6 and is an untrustworthy start even if he does play. Charlie Whitehurst likely gets the start, though if he doesn’t play well the team could give Zach Mettenberger a crack at the job.
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm
Titans QB Jake Locker (right hand) missed practice again Thursday. Locker seems doubtful for Week 6 and is an untrustworthy start even if he does play. Charlie Whitehurst likely gets the start, though the 1-4 Titans might want to get a look at Zach Mettenberger.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm
Titans QB Jake Locker (right hand) did not practice Wednesday. Locker seems doubtful for Week 6 and is an untrustworthy start even if he does play. Charlie Whitehurst likely gets the start, though the 1-4 Titans might want to get a look at Zach Mettenberger.
Jake Locker is once again injured for the Tennessee Titans. The team's starting quarterback left the second quarter of Sunday's 29-28 loss against the Cleveland Browns with a right thumb injury and remained out.
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said after the game that's he's not sure how serious the injury is. Locker added he will have an MRI on Monday.
Locker was hurt on a play that saw Browns cornerback Buster Skrine hit the quarterback high as he was attempting a third-down pass attempt in Cleveland territory.
Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm
Titans QB Jake Locker (right wrist, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 4. Locker has a very sore wrist which doesn’t bode well for his Week 4 availability. HC Ken Whisenhunt said he was encouraged by Locker’s progress this week, but The Tennessean believes that he is closer to out or doubtful than he is to questionable. Charlie Whitehurst would likely trade his clipboard for a football if Locker can’t go.
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm
Titans QB Jake Locker (right wrist) missed practice again Thursday. Locker has a very sore wrist which doesn’t bode well for his Week 4 availability. Charlie Whitehurst would likely trade his clipboard for a football if Locker can’t go.
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