Wilson: 'I'm going to compete like heck'
ALAMEDA -- It's hard to get a true gauge on what a rookie will offer for the regular season based on his work in a rookie camp, what with the competition being fellow rookies, first-year players and anonymous tryout guys, and it being a non-contact practice.
But the show Tyler Wilson put on Saturday for the Raiders was more than intriguing. The fourth-round draft pick from Arkansas throws a pass as violent as it was hard and accurate. As a total package, he looked better than any other drafted Raiders quarterback in recent years at the same stage, from Andrew Walter to JaMarcus Russell to, yes, Terrelle Pryor.
And yes, it's early.
"I've liked the way that Tyler's commanded the huddle," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "I've liked the way that he's gone through his reads. Obviously, picking up a new system, I think there's still a little bit of rust there, but throwing the ball, I think he's done a nice job.
"I don't have any question about his arm strength and his accuracy."
Again, it's early. Ridiculously early. But Matt Flynn, who enters next week's OTAs atop Oakland's QB depth chart, has to be shaking his head at his lot, having signed a big-money deal with a team for the second year in a row only to have that team draft a rookie QB behind him with the surname of 'Wilson.'
"It's an opportunity and, obviously, I have a lot I have to learn," Wilson said, adding that he had to "dive in" and "attack" the playbook.
"I'm playing catch-up from that point," he said. "I do think I can bring some things to the table, skill-set wise. But again, I've got to play catch-up at this point. I'm going to compete like heck."
At Arkansas, Wilson ran a Pro-style offense. But it did not resemble what the Raiders are installing under new offensive coordinator Greg Olson.
"We were very much not West Coast (offense) at Arkansas," he said. "We were doing multiple formations, multiple sets, motions and a lot of language in the huddle, but it was a completely different set of verbiage. So (there's) a lot that I'm learning there, for sure."
Message boards are abuzz with tantalizing thoughts of Wilson not only pushing Pryor for the backup gig, but also Flynn.
For the third time, it's early. But never too early to notice that Wilson did not look like a typical rookie quarterback in his first camp. Not with his confidence and passing acumen.
"It's fun, it's football," Wilson said. "There's a lot going through your head. And I've always tried not to show that. Just be cool and be in the huddle and be calm and let the guys know that even if I'm not right the first time, we're going to get it right eventually.
"And be as confident as I can be out there…that's part of playing the position."