Before landing their franchise quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Raiders used their fourth-round pick in 2013 on Arkansas signal caller Tyler Wilson.
While Wilson put up impressive numbers in his final two seasons with the Razorbacks, it never translated to the next level, as the Raiders cut him following his first training camp.
After bouncing around from the Titans to the Bengals in 2014, Wilson attended the NFL Veteran Combine in March hoping to latch on with a team.
“The combine went great. I had a lot of feedback afterward. I went to Chicago for a week and then went to Detroit for another week. I heard really good feedback. I didn’t get signed by either place but had a lot of positive reviews," Wilson told The Southwest Times Record Friday.
But if that chance doesn't come, Wilson says he's come to terms with that.
“At this point, I’ll give this thing until August,” Wilson said. “If I’m with a team, I’ll continue to play and work into camp. I’m ready to go another direction. There’s life after football.”
While he waits, Wilson is giving back to the next generation of football players by hosting a quarterback camp for kids in his hometown of Greenwood, Arkansas.
“You can have some impact, coming back home and touching some of the brains around here and inspiring them to do some things that not only I’ve done but some things the other that have come to this camp have done,” Wilson said.
“You get so much energy from them. They have so much natural energy. You see the smiles when they walk in, and it makes you feel good about what you’re doing and trying to accomplish,” Wilson said.