By Eric Saddler: The Oakland Raiders 4th round draft choice quarterback Tyler Wilson has been really shining in the Raiders’ OTAs and he’s putting a lot of pressure on the front runner Matt Flynn in the three-player quarterback competition for the starting job. Wilson is competing with the veteran Flynn and the mobile but weak-armed Terrelle Pryor for the #1 quarterback position.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen recently said that Flynn is the leading candidate to get the starting job, but it won’t be known who the ultimate starter will be until after the preseason games are completed in August.
Wilson was selected by the Raiders out of Arkansas where he played two full seasons as their starter and had a completion percentage of 62.1 percent in 2012 in throwing for 3,387 yards on 249 of 401 pass attempts for 21 touchdowns. There’s not a throw on the field that Wilson can’t make. He’s got a good arm and he’s fearless. The one area that Wilson needs to improve upon with the Raiders is his interceptions.
Wilson threw 13 interceptions in 2012 and that’s a number that is too high. In watching some of his games you can see how he got in trouble in that area with the way he would often throw to receivers in tight coverage, often when they weren’t open. Part of Wilson’s problem is he can’t scramble, so he frequently throws it up for grabs when he’s got a defensive lineman giving him pressure.
When Wilson does scramble and throw, he’s not able to complete passes on the run as good as you’d like to see from a rookie. Frequently he’d either throw a pass that ends up in the turf falling short or ending up getting intercepted. The Raiders are going to need to improve Wilson in this area if he wants to win the starting job this season.
As it is right now, Wilson appears to be a lock for the #2 quarterback on the team behind Flynn. He’s a lot better arm than Pryor, and that makes up for his inability to scramble and make throws when flushed out of the pocket.