With the Oakland Raiders set to begin training camp in two days, the team signed their 2013 NFL Draft fourth round pick quarterback Tyler Wilson. Wilson is expected to get a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job during camp. It is an important signing that gives Wilson the chance to report on time and get the full opportunity to show the coaching staff what he can offer.
Wilson is currently behind starter Matt Flynn, but the competition will heat up this week. Wilson is still in the developmental process, but showed progress and ability during the organized team activities and mini-camp.
While injuries derailed his senior campaign at Arkansas, Wilson accounted for huge numbers as a junior in the tough SEC. He threw for 3,638 yards, 24 touchdowns, and only six interceptions which earned him first team All-SEC honors. In his career, Wilson set 29 records at Arkansas.
To get Wilson into training camp on time was the Raiders goal and they met that today. Because the transition to the NFL is so difficult, rookies need to report on time and get as much practice as possible. This becomes even more important for Wilson because he has a shot to contribute if Flynn falters.
With Wilson inked, the only Raider draft choices unsigned are second round pick Menelik Watson and first round pick DJ Hayden. Ideally, the Raiders get the deals done by the start of camp, but that time table is rapidly approaching.
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