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QB Zach Mettenberger has done what Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz is about to _ take on the Steelers’ defense as a rookie.
Third-and-6, Steelers’ 38-yard line, first quarter: Defensive end Cameron Wake and defensive tackle Ndamukong Shu exploded off the ball and collapsed the pocket. Suh beat right guard David DeCastro and Wake got around right offensive tackle Chris Hubbard, who wound up being called for holding on the play. The Dolphins declined the penalty after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s desperation flip at tight end Xavier Grimble fell incomplete.
Mettenberger did so in 2014 with the Titans and has a pretty good idea what Wentz and the Eagles ought to expect.
Running back Dreamius Smith – Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.
“Coach LeBeau (former defensive coordinator Dick), there’s always going to be some sort of wrinkle you just don’t prepare for,” Mettenberger said. “That’s when you have to know the plays.”
I keep hearing that Landry Jones will be starting at quarterback today against the Browns. Wouldn’t it be in the team’s best interest to start Zach Mettenberger just in case we need Jones to come in for Ben Roethlisberger during the playoffs? Or do you think Jones needs to get some reps?
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Mettenberger completed 15 of 24 passes for 263 yards, with two touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 110.2 in a 27-24 Steelers’ victory.
The Steelers have changed defensive coordinators since then, but Mettenberger anticipates a similar approach in dealing with Wentz.
To make room for Mettenberger on the roster, the Steelers placed quarterback Bruce Gradkowski on the team’s reserve/injured list. Gradkowski joined the Steelers as an unrestricted free agent in 2013 and re-signed a one-year deal with the team on May 2, 2016. Gradkowski also spent the 2015 season on the reserve/injured list.
“Where it stands is, Ben said that it’s a possibility, and we’ll treat it as such,” said Colbert when asked if Roethlisberger has provided the team with any update on his status that came into question during a Jan. 24 radio appearance when Roethlisberger said he wasn’t yet prepared to Pittsburgh Steelers jersey cheap commit to playing in 2017. “We hope he doesn’t retire. If he does, then as an organization we’ll try to move on, and we will move on. It doesn’t change our planning.
When we scout in the fall, we scout every position. Even when Ben was a young player, we still evaluated the quarterback class, because how the quarterbacks stack up (in the draft) is going to affect how the tackles stack up and how the receivers stack up. We always evaluate every position, and if Ben would decide to retire we would be prepared then to move accordingly. I hope we don’t get to that situation for a few more years.