Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson initially survived the team's cut down to 53 players, but his joy was short-lived. Pro Football Talk is reporting that Oakland will waive the fourth-round pick.
Raiders are waiving fourth-round QB Tyler Wilson, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 1, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 2, at 7:14 p.m. EST
From the Oakland Raiders:
The Raiders have added QB Tyler Wilson to the practice squad.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) September 2, 2013
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While this move would have come as a shock a couple months ago when Wilson was viewed as a potential candidate to win the Raiders' starting job under center, his preseason performance hurt his stock considerably, so it was a minor upset when he initially made the 53-man roster.
Is releasing Wilson the right decision on Oakland's part?
After limited playing time in Oakland's first preseason game, Wilson didn't play in either of the next two contests. The battle between Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn for the starting job was a big reason for that, but undrafted rookie Matt McGloin's play is what ultimately made Wilson expendable.
Wilson did complete eight of his 12 pass attempts for 65 yards in the Raiders' preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks to make a late push for a roster spot. Apparently, though, head coach Dennis Allen feels more comfortable with McGloin as his developmental prospect at the position.
It wasn't long ago that Wilson was considered a potential first-round pick. He threw for over 3,600 yards and 24 touchdowns in the difficult SEC as a junior, but injuries and inconsistent play as a senior caused his draft stock to plummet. The Raiders probably felt as though they had a major steal on their hands, but Wilson proved the draft experts right by not making the squad.
Although this is obviously a huge blow to the start of Wilson's NFL career, it wouldn't be fair to bury him quite yet. Teams are always looking for young quarterbacks with upside, so it's conceivable that some organization will bring him in as a third quarterback, or add him to the practice squad at the very least if the Raiders opt not to.
Wilson simply landed in a tough situation due to the competition at the quarterback position in Oakland, but he should be able to bounce back elsewhere.
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