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Monday, September 2, 2013
QB Wilson gets another chance with Raiders

By Bill Williamson

After they decided he wasn’t good enough to stick on their 53-man roster, and after the rest of the league said, "No thanks," the Oakland Raiders are giving Tyler Wilson another chance.

Oakland filled its eighth and final practice-squad spot Monday with the rookie quarterback from Arkansas. The Raiders cut the fourth-round pick Sunday; Wilson was the highest selection from this year's draft to be cut.

No other team claimed Wilson -- a major indictment of Oakland spending a fourth-round pick on him. He received a signing bonus of more than $400,000, making him a pricey practice-squadder indeed.

Oakland will now see if Wilson can develop. But this is no victory: No team drafts a player in the fourth round to stash on the practice squad. Fourth-rounders, especially on rebuilding teams, are supposed to be building blocks.

It may prove difficult for Oakland to develop Wilson. Undrafted free agent Matt McGloin made the 53-man roster. Third-string quarterbacks don’t get a lot of work in the regular season -- meaning that Wilson, as the fourth-stringer, is unlikely to get much of a chance to do anything.

But it was his only choice, and the Raiders might as well try to see if they can save face with this pick.