When it came to rookie quarterbacks in minicamp, Oakland Raiders' fourth-round pick, Tyler Wilson looked far from one this weekend. He executed the poise and talent of a seasoned veteran. Wilson provided an excellent performance, displaying his strong arm, solid ball placement and his accuracy, whether it was on swing passes, throws over the middle or downfield and he thrilled the coaching staff.
“Obviously, picking up a new system, there’s a little bit of rust there,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Wilson. “But throwing the ball, he’s done a nice job. I don’t have any question about his arm strength and his accuracy.”
The only fault in Wilson’s passes, is that the receivers catching the ball may have to adjust to the velocity. At times his throws looked like a laser shooting directly through the receiver's hands. The quarterback out of Arkansas, is confident in his abilities and has the willingness to take on a challenge, and he shows intelligence on the field. He wasn't as productive as hoped in, 2012 with Arkansas, but he possesses the physical and leadership traits to compete for a starting role early in his NFL career.
With young veteran quarterbacks, Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor awaiting to compete as the starter for the Raiders, it would not be out of line to say Wilson may start in the fall or at some point in the season. He’s walking into the best situation possible, where their quarterbacks, Flynn and Pryor have combined three NFL starts, and with the Raiders implementing a new offense, Wilson may just get the nod for the starting job. Last season with Carson Palmer under center, the team was tested and ended their season with a 4-12 record.
“It’s an opportunity,” Wilson said after practice. “Obviously, there’s a lot I have to learn. … I’ve got a lot of work to do to get up to speed because there have been veteran guys that have been here that are way ahead of me right now. So, I’m playing catch-up from that point.”
Knowing the situation the Raiders are in when they first acquired Flynn in a trade this off-season and on the same day they traded starter Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals. Through it all, coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie declined to state that Flynn will be their starter, going only so far as to say that Flynn will begin with the first-team offense. Allen and McKenzie want competition at all positions. To that end, Wilson is a player who is at least in the competition.
“I do think I can bring some things to the table skill-set wise,” Wilson said. “But, again, I’ve got to play catch-up at this point. I’m going to use it as an opportunity and compete like heck.”
Look for Wilson to immediately challenge Quarterback Flynn and Pryor once the Raiders come together for a full organized team activity on May 20th.