QB Tyler Wilson has long road ahead

August, 6, 2013
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Monday, we looked at the interesting battle brewing between rookie quarterbacks Tyler Wilson and Matt McGloin in Oakland.

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Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsRookie quarterback Tyler Wilson, a fourth-round draft pick, appears to have slipped to fourth on the Raiders' depth chart.
Tuesday, the story took another turn when the Raiders released their first depth chart. McGloin actually is listed ahead of Wilson as the third-string quarterback. McGloin is an undrafted free agent out of Penn State, whom the team did not sign right away. Wilson is a fourth-round pick out of Arkansas. In the offseason, there was much speculation that Wilson could vie for the starting job as a rookie.

This latest news, though shows Wilson is far from making that a reality. Wilson now must overtake Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor and McGloin if he wants to be the starter this year. That’s a long road. Wilson’s biggest problem has been his consistency.

Still, it’s will difficult to fathom Wilson not on the Raiders’ 53-man roster, even if the three other quarterbacks play well. Cutting him and trying to stash him on the practice squad would be difficult.

There are a couple of depth-chart moves that stand out: Rookie Sio Moore is a starting outside linebacker. It looks like the Raiders are going to show Moore the field and hope the instinctive, talented third-round pick never leaves it.

The Raiders have Richard Gordon listed as the top tight end. But that is a fluid situation. David Ausberry and sixth-round picks Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera are also in the mix.

As expected, veteran punter Chris Kluwe is holding off young Marquette King. Things can change, but Oakland is impressed with Kluwe’s consistency more than King’s at this point.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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