At the start of training camp, rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson was expected to push starter Matt Flynn for the right to take the reins of the Oakland Raiders’ offense. Oh how far from the case that has turned out to be.
Instead of taking over as the Raiders’ man under center, Wilson tanked throughout training camp, showing an inability to understand an NFL offense and diagnosis plays as they progressed. ESPN AFC West blogger Bill Williamson even went as far as to call Wilson the division’s “most disappointing rookie.”
It wasn’t long before Wilson had fallen on the depth chart to undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, who is now threatening to steal the 2013 fourth-round pick’s roster spot.
In his lone preseason appearance, Wilson completed three of his six attempts for 28 yards and a 63.2 passer rating. He also took one sack and, according to Pro Football Focus, finished with a -0.8 overall rating.
Since that game, the Raiders have opted not to play the rookie quarterback. The last two preseason outings have seen Wilson spend all of his time on the sideline watching Terrelle Pryor take over as the leading candidate for the starting job. Even McGloin has received snaps, so clearly Wilson isn’t worth the playing time in the eyes of Raiders’ coaches.
A fourth-round pick who many lauded as an NFL-ready talent, Wilson has been the exact opposite so far.
Tonight, in the Raiders’ preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks, Wilson will likely get some decent snaps as Oakland gives him one more shot to prove he can be more than a disappointment.
Despite his status as a fourth-round pick, Wilson is far from a lock to the make the Raiders’ 53-man roster. If he continues to show more of the same against the Seahawks, the Arkansas alum could be headed for the waiver wire on August 31.
It’s time to put up or shut up, Wilson.