Rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson has seen his practice time diminish in favor of undrafted free agent Matt McGloin, and admitted it’s difficult to watch from the sideline.
“I think obviously it’s a new system, a new offense, there’s a lot going into it. We’re doing a lot of things, as far as motions, shifts, formations, and there’s a lot to it. We’re asking quarterbacks to do some protection stuff,” Wilson said. “There’s a lot, and I’m trying to pick it up as quickly as possible so I’ve had a chance to sit behind Matt, Terrelle and watch their reps and try to pick up every detail I can and get as much mentally out of every practice as I possibly can and I think it’s been good for me.”
Asked if he’s counting the reps he’s getting as opposed to McGloin, Wilson said, “Obviously, you’re competitive. You want to be in there. You understand when that happens, you have to cherish every single rep and make the most of it. As opposed to being at Arkansas when you’re getting every rep. It’s kind of a flip. You understand how every rep matters and you have to make the most of it and be mentally prepared for whatever call you’ve got when you get it.
“I think it’s good. I think it’s good for my mental preparation, my mental toughness moving forward. There’s a lot going into this game and I’m excited about the opportunity, we still have a few days until the first game and preparation going into those. Physically I feel really good. I’m throwing the ball pretty well right now. It’s just a matter of getting in there, figuring out where it’s supposed to go and getting in the right situations.”
Coach Dennis Allen’s assessment on Wilson’s struggles: “I think he has the physical tools, but I think he’s behind from the mental part of the game. That’s where he has to continue to work to improve.”