Word around spring football was rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson was closing in on Matt Flynn for the starting gig. Since the start of Oakland Raiders training camp, that appears to be far from the case.
After putting on an impressive showing for the Raiders during spring, Wilson is regressing.
According to the Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune, Wilson “seems to be getting fewer snaps” during training camp and has lost his third-team duties to undrafted rookie Matt McGloin. Even when he is taking snaps, the 2013 fourth-rounder isn’t making the most of his opportunities.
During one play, he fumbled the snap while under center. On another play, he attempted a throw over the middle that was intercepted by running back-turned-cornerback Taiwan Jones. He’s suffered through some rough moments early on and isn’t gaining any ground on the rest of the competition.
Coming off a disappointing senior season at Arkansas, Wilson has plenty to prove before the 2013 regular season arrives. During his 2012 campaign with the Razorbacks, he displayed inconsistent accuracy and a lack of top-tier arm strength. His pocket presence is exceptional and he loves to throw the deep ball, but must return to his 2011 form before he can become relevant with the Raiders.
While it’s hard to imagine the Raiders severing ties with Wilson, his poor training camp showing isn’t giving the team any extra faith in his long-term potential as a starting NFL quarterback. Even if he continues to struggle through training camp, Wilson will stick on the Oakland roster for now since sneaking him through waivers onto the practice squad is extremely unlikely.
Wilson has plenty of ground to cover between now and Week 1 of the regular season. Don’t write the rookie off yet, but his progress is definitely something worth watching over the next month.