A day after Tyler Wilson elatedly tweeted that he had not been cut, the Oakland Raiders waived their fourth-round pick on Sunday, according to ProFootballTalk.
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.