The former Arkansas Razorback was once touted as a potential first-round draft pick. After a poor senior season following a breakout junior campaign, he redeemed his stock at the 2013 Senior Bowl before measuring in with the smallest hands in the 2013 NFL Combine.
With the 112th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders selected Tyler Wilson hoping he would solve there problems. Wilson disappointed and never lived up to expectations. He looked flustered and inconsistent at times with poor mechanics even though he had a gunslinger like arm. Competing against Matt Flynn, Terrell Pryor, and Matt McGloin was too challenging for Wilson a season ago.
He had a short stint near the end of his rookie season with the Tennessee Titans before being cut on August, 6, 2014. Four days later, the former Razorback finds himself with the Cincinnati Bengals after backups Jason Campbell and A.J. McCarron both found themselves with shoulder injuries. Campbell will be out day-to-day until he can return as Dalton's backup. McCarron has been placed on the PUP list and will be out for a long-time.
The one quarterback who emerged in the pre-season was former Arizona Wildcat Matt Scott. His Willie Beamen moment from Any Given Sunday where Scott throws up in the huddle before throwing for a touchdown is already becoming an internet phenomenon. Scott finished the day 7 for 11, with 66 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Cincinnati added Tyler Wilson thanks to the injuries of Campbell and McCarron. You know Wilson is just a fill in type guy right now. McCarron is still probably the favorite for the #3 job, yet Scott made the argument as to why he should be the third-string quarterback. The Bengals' next pre-season game of the year will be the teams first home contest of the season against the New York Jets. This game a window of opportunity for Scott to be the Bengals' third-string quarterback. If the Bengals put McCarron on the Physically Unable To Perform list that means Cincinnati is considering cutting him before the regular season. Did you know McCarron has yet to see a snap in training camp?
Scott will see second team action after having some fun against a weak Chiefs' secondary. Wilson could get an audition in the second half as well.
My biggest issue with Wilson is that he is only a sophomore entering his second season on the NFL and he is already with his third team. Most quarterbacks do not get hall passes like that when they fail to deliver this early in an NFL career. Wilson probably won't make the roster.
At the end of the day I believe Dalton starts, Campbell is the backup when he returns from injury, and I'll go out on a bold prediciton and say Scott unseats McCarron as the third quarterback on this roster if he has another big game next week against the Jets. Pre-season football matters folks.
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