On Now
Coming Up
  • Fri., Oct. 31, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Sonic Drive-In

    Friday, October 31
    Noon-1pm – Sonic Drive-In, 23802 Westheimer Pkwy, Katy, TX  77494
    Proudly wear your Battle Red Texans gear to get a FREE corn dog (1/person) for this hour at this location

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures, as well as Battle Red Halloween candy

  • Sat., Nov. 01, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT Battle of the Piney Woods presented by YP

    A nearly century old college football rivalry returns to NRG Stadium on Saturday, November 1st  as the SFA Lumberjacks take on the Sam Houston Bearkats in the Battle of the Piney Woods presented by YP. Seats start at just $15.

    Secure yours today by calling 832-667-2390 or at BOTPW.com.

  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 12:00 PM CST Eagles at Texans The Texans host the Eagles.
  • Mon., Nov. 03, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST Taste of the Texans presented by BP

    Wine and dine with the Houston Texans players, Cheerleaders and Ambassadors at the sixth annual Taste of the Texans presented by BP, Monday, November 3rd in NRG Stadium. 

    Fans can sample signature dishes from more than 25 of Houston’s finest restaurants.  Proceeds benefit The Houston Texans Foundation, Houston Methodist and the Houston Food Bank. 

    Be sure to secure your tickets today at HoustonTexans.com.

  • Tue., Nov. 04, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans Ambassadors Danny Clark and J.J. Moses at the Verizon Cinco Ranch Store, 6645 S. Fry Rd., Katy, TX 77494.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Nov. 04, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Tue., Nov. 11, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans center Chris Myers and guard Xavier Su’a-Filo at the Verizon I-10 East Store, 13740 East Fwy., Houston, TX 77015.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Nov. 11, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Wed., Nov. 12, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST Bulls & Birdies Golf Tournament supported by Bud Light

    Have you ever dreamed of playing a round of golf with the Houston Texans Cheerleaders cheering you on?  Now’s your chance!  Sign up today at HoustonTexans.com for the annual Bulls and Birdies Golf Tournament supported by Bud Light at Wildcat Golf Club on Wednesday, November 12.

  • Fri., Nov. 14, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, November 14
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 8767 S. Main St., Houston, TX 77025
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos for this hour at this location
    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures
    Jack in the Box is going to be giving away 4 tickets to a Houston Texans home game and two autograph items

News

Print
RSS

QB Watch: Zach Mettenberger

Posted Mar 24, 2014

The second part of the series "QB Watch" takes a look at LSU's Zach Mettenberger as a possible fit for the Texans.

Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, and Blake Bortles have all been discussed as possible first-round quarterback prospects.

But what if the Texans go another route? What if they don’t select a quarterback at No. 1? What if Houston trades down for more picks later in the draft? QB Watch is an ongoing series looking at early and mid-round quarterbacks that could be a possible fit for the Texans.

Could Zach Mettenberger be a quarterback for the Texans?

Mettenberger said Houston was one of 15-20 teams that he met with during the NFL Combine. While the Texans definitely plan to draft a quarterback, there’s no guarantee it will be with the No. 1 overall pick, according to head coach Bill O’Brien, who will be closely evaluating Mettenberger.

“You’ve got (A.J.) McCarron, you’ve got (Zach) Mettenberger, you’ve got Logan Thomas, you’ve got Savage, you’ve got Garoppolo,” O’Brien said in an interview with NFL Network. “I mean, I could go right down the list. To me, you’ve got 10 to 12 guys you’ve got to do a great job of evaluating and make the best pick possible wherever you pick these guys. I see a lot of good quarterbacks.”

The former LSU quarterback is coming off a January 2 ACL surgery.  He was unable to do much at the NFL Combine, just six weeks removed from surgery. Since NFL scouts haven’t been able to evaluate him this offseason, buzz surrounding the Watkinsville, Georgia native has been limited. His draft stock could drop, making him available past the first round. 

After finishing his senior year with 3,082 yards, 22 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, Mettenberger has drawn a fair amount of interest. He plans to throw at LSU’s Pro Day on April 9.

“I’m going to be ready to go by the season’s start,” Mettenberger said in February. “That’s my goal for myself. I fully expect to be there. Six weeks out I’m running, doing drops and throwing. That’s almost unheard of, I would say. I want to start the season 100 percent and compete for the job.”

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback started for two seasons at LSU before tearing his ACL and MCL on November 29 against Arkansas. Heading into 2013, many believed Mettenberger was a top prospect. He flourished in a pro-style offense under offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Cam Cameron, who had 14 years of NFL coaching experience working with the likes of Joe Flacco and Philip Rivers.

Mettenberger is a traditional pocket passer, known for his big arm. As quarterbacks coach for Tom Brady who has been prolific in the pocket, O’Brien may be looking for similar attributes.

“Our quarterback will always have to have intelligence, toughness, the ability to think quickly, be a good teammate, be a hardworking guy, be a guy that throws the ball accurately, be a guy that can perform under pressure,” O’Brien said on February 21. “So many of these games come down to the last two minutes of the game that we’ve got to make sure that the guy that we have under center can perform under pressure. So those are some of the things that we will always look for in a quarterback.”

Mettenberger prides himself on his pocket presence and football IQ, though he was often criticized for his lack of mobility outside of it. He hopes teams can see his strengths and "fall in love" with what he has to offer.

“In the NFL they’re always going to need guys who can throw the ball,” Mettenberger said. “That’s something I do well. It’s something I talked to Coach Cameron about. The game is changing. There are linemen running in the 4.8’s, freakish time. The game is getting faster. But at the end of the day the QB position needs to be a guy who makes tough decisions, smart decisions, to be pinpoint accurate when its crunch time.”

Read more in this series:
QB Watch: A.J. McCarron

QB Watch: Jimmy Garoppolo
QB Watch: Aaron Murray

QB Watch: Tom Savage

Twitter.com/DeepSlant

Recent News

Content on HoustonTexans.com does not necessarily represent the views of the Houston Texans front office staff, coaches or executives.