The Pittsburgh Steelers seemingly always need a reliable backup quarterback just in case starter Ben Roethlisberger goes down with an injury.
The Steelers bolstered their quarterback depth Thursday by adding veteran Zach Mettenberger.
Mettenberger was cut by the San Diego Chargers earlier this week and was awarded to the Steelers off of waivers. The LSU product is making his third NFL stop in as many seasons after originally starting with the Tennessee Titans in 2014. The Titans cut Mettenberger last May and he was picked up shortly afterward by the Chargers.
Mettenberger might find at least a temporary home with the Steelers. Veteran backup Bruce Gradkowski is out for the season with a torn hamstring and was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Current backup Landry Jones wasn’t particularly steady in two starts last season.
The Steelers need some semblance of competency behind Roethlisberger on the depth chart because chances are Big Ben isn’t going to play the entire season. Roethlisberger has started all 16 games for the Steelers in just three of his 12 professional seasons and has missed at least three starts in five of those seasons.
Pittsburgh needs some insurance behind its star quarterback and Mettenberger could be a reliable option if called upon. Of course, there are far worse backup jobs out there than in Pittsburgh, where Mettenberger could be throwing to the likes of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.