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Could the Raiders release 4th round pick Tyler Wilson for an undrafted free agent?

Tyler Wilson is in a dog fight right now, and it is not looking good for the fourth round pick. Wilson played college ball at Arkansas where he finished the season 249-of-401 passing for 3,387 yards and 21 touchdowns. He broke the Arkansas single-season record with five 350-yard pass games and also was named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and to the SEC Community Service Team. His completions total ranked third on UA’s single-season list, while his passing yards, pass attempts, 3,394 total offense yards and 442 total offense plays were the fourth-highest single-season totals in school history and his completion percentage of 62.1, passing touchdowns and average of 7.68 yards of total offense per play ranked fifth.

BUT IS THAT ENOUGH, to beat out Matt McGloin (the undrafted QB from Penn State)?

Tyler is currently fourth on Oakland’s depth chart and didn’t play in either of the past two preseason games. He struggled at training camp but his confidence is hanging tough, and the coaches told him he will play Thursday in the preseason finale.

“It’s been frustrating,” Wilson said. “I keep telling myself, ‘I can play better than this.’ I want to show the organization and fan base what I can do.”

At this point, Wilson might have to do something spectacular to win the third quarterback spot.  He would be eligible for the practice squad but you very well could lose the player you drafted with the 112th pick.  So what do you do Raiders fans? I think Wilson will do good tonight, but he definitely is not living up to the hype.

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