While Tyler Wilson was starring for the Arkansas Razorbacks, he looked like a potential first round pick.
Replacing Ryan Mallett, Wilson put up huge numbers for the Razorbacks. In his five-year career, he completed 593 of 948 passes for 7,765 with 52 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. Wilson struggled during his final season in Arkansas. He completed 249 of 401 passes for 3,387 yards but was injured and threw 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Wilson was instead selected with the 112th-overall selection in the fourth round of the 2013 draft by the Oakland Raiders. Wilson soon joined the Tennessee Titans, but all reports have indicated he looked awful in camp and the Titans released Wilson.
The Cincinnati Bengals signed Wilson on Saturday.
NEWS: #Bengals sign QB Tyler Wilson
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) August 9, 2014
Marc Sessler of NFL.com believes the move may be insurance after backup Jason Campbell was injured over the weekend.
Coach Marvin Lewis told reporters earlier in the day that Campbell suffered a deep bruise on his throwing arm after taking a leveling shot from a defender in Thursday’s wild 41-39 preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
“We’ll see how Jason is,” Lewis said. “Jason will rest (Saturday). He should be fine to get back to work next week, but we will just bring a quarterback … so we don’t have to rush him if he’s still sore.”
Wilson is no upgrade. The Raiders — eternally searching for young talent at the position — waived him at final cuts last summer just months after making the former Arkansas passer their fourth-round pick.
The Bengals also have former Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback Matt Scott and Alabama Crimson Tide rookie A.J. McCarron on the roster.