Wilson, who was hyped to contend for the starting job earlier this offseason, has slid down the depth chart and was named the AFC West’s “most disappointing rookie” by ESPN a few weeks ago. In fact, he was passed by the undrafted Matt McGloin, who played well enough in the preseason to earn a spot on 53-man roster.
Head coach Dennis Allen has also called out Wilson several times. The quarterback out of Arkansas was once projected to be a first round pick this year, but a not-so-impressive senior campaign sent him sliding down to the fourth round.
He also struggled during the preseason. “I’m o.k. … It’s been frustrating,” Wilson told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I keep telling myself, ‘I can play better than this.’ I want to show the organization and fan base what I can do.”
This situation may also be a bit embarrassing for GM Reggie McKenzie. It doesn’t reflect well upon any organization to release a fourth-round draft pick, especially a quarterback. However, the Raiders are letting everyone know that they made a mistake, which is better than trying to save face by keeping Wilson on the roster.
The Raiders now have three quarterbacks on the squad: Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, and McGloin. Flynn and Pryor will battle for the starting job, and McGloin will likely be the third-stringer.