If any team can make the New York Jets‘ current quarterback situation look good—or at least not so hideous—its the Oakland Raiders. Rookie QB Tyler Wilson went just three-of-six for 28 yards in last week’s preseason opener and has been struggling mightily with the mental side of the game.
The fourth round selection (No. 112 overall) fell behind undrafted free agent Matt McGloin last month and is now “falling further behind the Raiders’ quarterback pack every day,” according to ESPN AFC West Blogger Bill Williamson, who calls the former Arkansas Razorbacks star as the “most disappointing rookie” in the division.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that Oakland looks to have arguably the weakest draft class of any team in the league right now—which is a major problem considering the club easily has the least impressive collection of veterans—Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle passed along even more disappointing news that has been “clear all camp” on Wednesday.
Like Wilson, veteran quarterback Matt Flynn has also had trouble throughout the offseason. His struggles have been so significant that coaches have come to the conclusion that Flynn isn’t ”going to have success throwing longer than 25 yards.”
That’s absolutely embarrassing for Flynn, who doesn’t have much to work with at receiver, anyway with third-year receivers Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford, veteran Joshua Cribbs and second-year wide outs Juron Criner and Rod Streater.
Unless Terrelle Pryor can suddenly transform into Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick or Robert Griffin III, the Raiders’ passing game is going to really struggle this season, often leading to stacked boxes for Darren McFadden.
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