Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie has had bad luck with quarterbacks since taking over the Raiders front office and after Matt Flynn was released earlier in the season McKenzie’s perhaps biggest QB miss was claimed off the Raiders practice squad.
The Tennessee Titans claimed fourth round rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson off the Raiders practice squad on Monday evening, according to the Nashville Tennesseean.
The Raiders wouldn’t confirm initial reports and the transaction hasn’t been officially posted. According to CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair Wilson was in attendance at the Raiders practice facility on Monday afternoon going through his daily routine.
Wilson headed into his final college year as a highly touted QB prospect while at Arkansas before a subpar final year saw him fall to the Raiders in the fourth round. After that problems reading the playbook and the emergence of now starting QB Matt McGloin during the preseason saw Wilson be the highest 2013 draft pick waived when teams made their initial cuts to the 53 man roster before the start of the NFL season.
Even after Flynn was cut, Wilson still struggled to stay on the Raiders roster. He was added for emergency purposes when Terrelle Pryor sprained his knee and sat out during games against the Texans and Titans before being waived again on November 27. At that point it was safe to assume the Raiders had given up on Wilson.
Wilson’s career with the Raiders ends with the fourth round pick just throwing 18 exhibition passes, completing 11 of those for 93 yards. Drafted in the fourth round it is safe to say the Raiders wasted a pick, but Matt McGloin’s value after starting half the season is around on par with a fourth round pick so some slack should be given to McKenzie. Not much because the Raiders could use all the talent they could get rebuilding and with a miss in the fourth round in addition to the loss of a pick in the Matt Flynn trade the man entrusted with the Oakland rebuild has blown two acquisitions of quarterbacks in one season.
With Jake Locker still the expected Titans starter for 2014 barring Jay Cutler returning to Nashville as a free agent this spring, Wilson will once again be competing for a roster spot during training camp next year.