Aug 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Michael Brooks (70) pressures Oakland Raiders quarterback Tyler Wilson (8) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Wilson signed to Raiders practice squad

Tyler Wilson’s future has been in doubt ever since he was waived by the team after their initial 53 man roster was submitted ahead of Saturday’s deadline. A fourth round pick out of Arkansas, Wilson then cleared waivers and was free to sign wherever he wanted should another team wish to give him an offer. With him free to go to the Raiders practice squad, he chose to stay with the Silver and Black and team and team up with fellow rookie Matt McGloin behind Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn on Oakland’s depth chart.

Wilson broke out on the Razorbacks in his junior season throwing for 24 touchdowns with just six interceptions before opting to return to the team before the Bobby Petrino scandal put his senior year into a tailspin. With the Razorbacks falling off, Wilson broke 20 touchdowns for another season yet threw 3 interceptions that hurt his draft stock. Now after getting beaten for the third string quarterback position his career has suffered yet another blow.

The Raiders have added QB Tyler Wilson to the practice squad.

— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) September 2, 2013

Oakland tweeted the news through their official twitter account. Wilson was initially on Oakland’s 53 man roster as the team opted to keep four quarterbaks and two punters before waiving Wilson and cutting ties with punter Chris Kluwe the following day. Now Wilson will head to the practice squad, a best case scenario for Reggie McKenzie who could have wasted a fourth round pick for nothing in return if Wilson was claimed.

Despite the relief of McKenzie for not losing Wilson and suffering the embarrassment of losing a fourth round pick, it is still a failure in my eyes that the Raiders could let their fourth selection go through the waiver wire unclaimed, especially someone they were so high on coming out of Arkansas. Terrelle Pryor now looks like Oakland’s QB for the moment as well as for the future as he continues to grow as a quarterback and undrafted QB Matt McGloin outplayed and outworked Wilson all preseason. It appears that for now Wilson has a long way ahead of him before he is a focal point on any NFL roster and will be the fourth string quarterback as long as Pryor, McGloin and Matt Flynn all occupy roster spots for the Raiders.

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  • Mark Shafer

    I think he got that deer in the head lights thing going. Hopefully he can recover from this and use this season to improve. A little more time may be all he needs

  • Ken Tabor

    Why is it such a failure? The Raiders wanted Barkley but took Wilson after Barkley was selected. Then McGloin, who from what I have read, has a habit of winning everywhere without being as hyped, outplays Wilson. That’s not to say Wilson won’t make huge strides on the practice squad. Sure, you don’t want to use a 4th rounder on the practice squad, but even with all the due diligence, these things can happen to any team. I am glad we got a surprise in McGloin and I am hoping Wilson thrives on the practice squad and is productive for the Raiders. I still think Reggie had a good draft and I love what he is doing with this team. It was a mess for 10 years. You can’t expect him to fix it in 2.

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  • stucktrader

    So Seahawks grab Flynn… spend big bucks on him… but choose #3 instead. And it worked…

    McGloin might very well be a good back up. Wilson now will have time to figure things out.

    If there was one thing i wish OAK would do, it would be to build the O-line. It would be awesome to get the best DB, DT, LB, etc… but the O-line is what would at least keep the team in the game (if the skill players were decent).

    Alas, Reg and Dennis better hope Pryor makes them look like geniuses (and ironically makes Al look like one too).

  • stucktrader

    Jason Campbell going down really messed things up… They would have had a 1st round pick for Reggie last year and another 2nd this year.

    That could have been two awesome linemen right there to add to Wiz and Veldeer… as well as the eventual UK transplant pick.

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