ALAMEDA -- Tyler Wilson is a Raider once again. The rookie quarterback was released on Sunday, cleared waivers on Monday and was signed to the practice squad later that afternoon.
The fourth-round pick is the eighth and final member of the practice squad, where he can develop over the course of the season. There's little need for a fourth quarterback -- No. 3 signal caller Matt McGloin will run the scout -- but the Raiders didn't want to let Wilson go. He was the NFL's highest draft pick to get cut by the team that took him.
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Wilson wasn¹t expected to clear waivers. He was not claimed during the 24-hour window, due in part to a lack of playing time during the preseason.
He wasn¹t used in the second or third exhibition, and was 11-for-18 passing for 91 yards. Teams didn¹t get a clear picture of what Wilson could do, only that the Raiders put him behind undrafted McGloin on the depth chart. Not a ringing endorsement.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said on several occasions that Wilson was behind from a mental standpoint, and that he was slow to pick up the offense. He talked about the decision to release Wilson the day before the passer was added to the practice squad.
"It was a tough one," Allen said. "At the end of the day, it's tough to keep four quarterbacks on a 53-man roster. We went through the competitive part of OTAs, mini-camp and training camp, and we felt like [Matt] McGloin was ahead. Tyler is a guy that needs some time to develop, but we had to make a decision based on what we could take on our 53-man roster right now. We went with Matt McGloin."