The Oakland Raiders are the latest team to bring in Matt Flynn to compete for their starting quarterback competition, but once again, a rookie with the last name of Wilson may beat him out of it, if we believe the early returns from the Contra Costa Times.
Tyler Wilson, a fourth-round draft pick out of Arkansas, was once seen a potential first-rounder. He had an outstanding junior season at Arkansas, and opted to return with SEC and National Championship aspirations on his mind. But then the Bobby Petrino motorcycle accident which revealed an affair ended up destroying the entire 2012 campaign. The team never quite recovered, and Wilson didn’t see the jump he expected in his personal performance. However, his entire body of work was enough to get him drafted by the Raiders, who haven’t been settled at the QB position since their 2002 Super Bowl appearance.
NFL rookie mini-camps took place over the weekend and Wilson performed well enough to get people talking in Oakland, the same as they did while he was in Fayetteville:
“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.”
Another thing that Wilson possesses is toughness, as he was roughed up all season playing in the toughest division and conference in all off college football. With all those attributes, along with a strong first impression, have people asking him about his prospects as being the man in black (and silver).
“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.”
It would be ironic if Wilson unseated both Terrelle Pryor and Flynn. Pryor was told he would have a legit shot at competing for the job, and the Raiders traded for Flynn, who signed last season with the Seahawks, and appeared to be the de facto starter until Russell Wilson showed up. This Wilson will be coming to a job that already has a strong run game with Darren McFadden, which would alleviate some pressure.