Jun 11, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Tyler Wilson (8) throws a pass at minicamp at the Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Waive Fourth-Round Pick Tyler Wilson

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.

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  • big ROC

    I think the Raiders should have cut Matt Flynn. They pretty much know what he brings to the table and he likely won’t get any better than he is right now.

    Tyler Wilson is still an unproven commodity. He has a higher ceiling than Flynn. Let’s face it. Flynn isn’t taking the Raiders anywhere. They should have just released or traded Flynn instead of paying him starter money to be a bench warmer.

  • Steven Coleman

    Wilson received less playing time in the preseason games and played with mainly the third string, yet his quarterback rating was higher than the other three quarterbacks.