What Tyler Wilson Must Prove Before Claiming Raiders’ Starting QB Spot

The Oakland Raiders turned the page on their 25-game rental of Carson Palmer this offseason, and brought in a pair of inexperienced quarterbacks—Matt Flynn and Tyler Wilson—to compete for the starting job.

Flynn, who signed with the Seattle Seahawks a year ago for $10 million guaranteed, was acquired by the Raiders for just a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015. Flynn was the favorite to win Seattle's starting gig last summer, before rookie Russell Wilson won the job and went on to lead the Seahawks to the playoffs.

And now, for the second year in a row, Flynn, 27, will compete with a rookie to be his team's starting quarterback. For Flynn, it's another year, another Wilson.

Wilson was the starting quarterback at Arkansas for the past two seasons. With Wilson as the starter, the Razorbacks passing attack ranked No.13 in the FBS in 2011 and No. 21 during his senior year.

Wilson's draft stock was sky high following his junior year, after Arkansas finished the season 11-2 with a victory over Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl. The team's only two losses came on the road against No. 3 Alabama and No. 1 LSU.

Russ Lande of SportingNews.com ranked Wilson as the top 2013 prospect a year ago, before Wilson's senior season. 

But after Arkansas' 4-8 train wreck a year ago, Wilson fell all the way to the fourth round in last month's NFL draft, where he was selected by the Oakland Raiders.

As a rookie, Wilson has a legitimate shot at being the Raiders' starting quarterback. Flynn, in two career starts with the Green Bay Packers, threw for 731 yards and nine touchdowns, but he failed to ward off Wilson in Seattle last year.

In an effort to protect themselves against the possibility of another Flynn flop, the Raiders reworked his contract so they owe him no guaranteed money beyond the 2013 season.

Combine Flynn's cloudy future with t...

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