Michael Robinson: Zach Mettenberger is a starter

Will Zach Mettenberger's performance on Friday night spark the interest of other quarterback-needy teams? 

While Marcus Mariota endured a subpar preseason debut in a 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Titans backup quarterback had an impressive outing.

The second-year pro out of LSU connected on 8 of 11 passes for 129 yards, with one touchdown and one interception against the Falcons for a 104.0 passer rating.

His stat line put NFL Media's Michael Robinson on the rather empty Mettenberger hype train.

"Zach Mettenberger is one of the 32 good quarterbacks in this league," Robinson said. "He is a starter. And I think the Tennessee Titans have an issue on their hands. A good issue."

But the superlatives didn't stop there.

"You can just see how the ball pops out of his hands and jumps out of his hands as he throws the ball. He has a strong arm. He has a great understanding of the pocket, great understanding of football concepts. I wouldn't want to be Ken Whisenhunt right now," Robinson added.

Mettenberger produced mediocre numbers last season for the Titans. The QB had an 83.4 rating while passing for 1,412 yards, with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions in seven games.

His rookie performance, though, wasn't impressive enough for the Titans to pass up on Oregon's Heisman Trophy winner with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

While Robinson is high on the second-year QB, Tennessee is in dire need of a spark to its franchise and Mettenberger surely doesn't ignite the fan base clamoring for a resurgence.

Mettenberger was impressive, but his performance won't spark a quarterback competition in Tennessee. However, that doesn't mean other QB-hungry teams won't come calling. 

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