After losing snaps with the third-team offense and falling to fourth on the quarterback depth chart, rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson could be a serious jeopardy of losing his roster spot with the Oakland Raiders.
Typically, a fourth-round pick with outstanding potential is a lock to make the 53-man roster. Seeing as Wilson has fallen on the training camp depth chart below undrafted rookie Matt McGloin – a player who I’ve praised throughout the offseason – it appears the Arkansas product might not be as safe as originally expected.
When the Raiders spent a fourth-round pick on Wilson this past April, no one would have guessed he would be in this position at the start of the preseason. After an impressive showing during spring practices, there was even talk that he could push Matt Flynn for the Raiders’ starting spot.
According to Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, the football IQ is what has eluded Wilson throughout training camp.
“Well, I think he’s got the physical tools,” Allen said. “I think he’s behind from a mental part of the game, and that’s where he’s got to continue to work to improve.”
Before the 2013 NFL Draft, many scouts and analysts questioned Wilson’s ability to read his progressions and make adjustments based on what the defense was showing him. Although he showed toughness and the desire to win, there were some things that just didn’t click upstairs.
Wilson displayed the physical tools of a first-rounder, but the smarts of a late-rounder. Hence, he was available for the Raiders in the fourth round.
Wilson may have a higher ceiling than McGloin, but appears to be far behind in terms of grasping the position mentally. Long-term potential or not, his poor showing through training camp has to make you wonder just how long the Raiders will wait.
If Wilson hasn’t gained any ground of McGloin by the time the preseason is over, the Raiders might be forced to cut their losses and go with the undrafted rookie.