The Oakland Raiders are still in search of a franchise quarterback after the Carson Palmer retirement failed miserably. The starting job is by no means set in stone right now, but one rookie expected to compete for it may not even be on the opening day roster.
Tyler Wilson is currently listed fourth on Raiders’ depth chart. The rookie from Arkansas was expected to compete with Matt Flynn for the Raiders’ starting quarterback job. That hasn’t happened as Flynn has looked great thus far into Raiders training camp, while Wilson has looked bad enough to fall behind undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, an undrafted free agent out of Penn State. Wilson is a fourth-round pick out of Arkansas. In the offseason, there was much speculation that Wilson could vie for the starting job as a rookie.
Very rarely do teams keep four quarterbacks on their roster going into the regular season, so it’s safe to say Wilson is fighting just to earn a spot on the roster. If he does get cut, he’ll almost certainly be re-signed to the practice squad.
“(Wilson) has all the physical tools but is behind from a mental standpoint,” coach Dennis Allen said Sunday. “(He’s) throwing (the) ball pretty well, it’s just a matter of figuring out where it’s supposed to go.”