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Chargers claim QB Zach Mettenberger off waivers

Jan 3, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts safety Dwight Lowery (33) pressures quarterback Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts safety Dwight Lowery (33) pressures quarterback Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Diego Chargers have found some competition for Kellen Clemens.

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the Chargers claimed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger off waivers.

The #Chargers claimed former #Titans QB Zach Mettenberger, source said. He was with Ken Whisenhunt last year in Tennessee.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 17, 2016

Mettenberger will be reuniting with Ken Whisenhunt, who was head coach of the Titans in 2014 and 2015. Whisenhunt was fired halfway into last season after a 1-6 start.

It’s a depth signing for the Chargers, whose only backups to Philip Rivers were Clemens and undrafted free agent Mike Bercovici. Mettenberger, a 2014 draft pick, was a favorite of NFL analyst Charley Casserly, who once stated that Mettenberger was a second-round talent who went in the sixth round.

But Mettenberger has done nothing to prove Casserly right. He started 10 games over two years with the Titans and finished with a winless record (0-10). He’s thrown for 2,347 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as well as completed just 60.3 percent of his passes during that span.

It remains to be seen whether or not Metternberger can turn his career around. NFL Nation’s Kevin Seifert doesn’t think he can. He’s still young at 24 years old, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can crack the 53-man roster over Clemens.

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