Next season may be another difficult one for the Oakland Raiders, but 2014 is “Raider Time.”
That is according to former Cleveland Browns scout and current ESPN analyst Matt Williamson, who believes Tyler Wilson will be a stud.
In fact, he expects Wilson to be the Raiders starting quarterback in the not-so-distant future.
Very strong words, considering that they traded for Matt Flynn earlier this offseason, and Flynn is currently No. 1 on the depth chart at quarterback.
However, we’ve seen this story before with Flynn. After he signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks last offseason and was expected to be their starter, some guy named Russell Wilson beat him out in training camp, and Flynn is now wearing the Silver and Black a year later.
Will another “Wilson” take his job, this time in Oakland?
Some other notes from Williamson, who did a Q&A chat on Twitter on Wednesday morning:
- He believes the Raiders will pick in the top three selections in the 2014 NFL Draft, but that depends on Wilson’s performance, assuming that he takes over the starting role at some point.
- He expects more “short passes” in the offense, with Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece hauling in plenty of catches. Paradoxically, Flynn excels at making the short pass.
- He sounded off on their running back situation, saying that McFadden’s handcuff is “unclear,” as Reece “played great and shouldn’t go away.” Rashad Jennings, signed in the offseason, “could easily” be their backup running back, and Latavius Murray has “ability,” but is “unclear.”