The “unofficial depth chart” — as it is called — provided some mild surprises. The first of which is at quarterback where the team’s fourth-round selection, Tyler Wilson, has failed not only to over take the Terrelle Pryor for the back-up spot, but has yet to beat out undrafted rookie Matt McGloin for third-string.
Said Allen of Wilson, “Well, I think he’s got the physical tools … I think he’s behind from a mental part of the game, and that’s where he’s got to continue to work to improve.”
This is of course a drastic change from what Wilson showed in May. After watching OTAs, Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times wrote, “It’s not a stretch to envision Wilson playing well enough to surge past presumptive starter Matt Flynn and third-year player Terrelle Pryor at some point.”
At this point, Wilson’s place on the 53-man roster is in serious question, while Flynn and Pryor look to have firmly entrenched themselves in the No. 1 and 2 roles respectively.
Other interesting positions of note:
LG: Despite missing time with injury, Lucas Nix still maintains his position with the first-team over Tony Bergstrom. The concern with Bergstrom is how he’ll transition to a power blocking scheme. If this depth chart is any indicator, he’s not making the transition effectively.
RT: Menelik Watson has yet to practice due to an undisclosed injury. The second-round pick looks to be light years away from playing at this point.
WR: Having a stellar camp thus far, Rod Streater seems to be have a strangle hold on one of the starting positions. Streater, who had issues with drops last season, put in time this offseason at Laney College in Oakland, and it looks to have paid off. After more than a week of practices, Streater is Flynn’s favorite target.
TE: There’s a lot of hype surrounding David Ausberry, who might be the best receiver in the TE competition. But, despite his huge upside, Ausberry’s inconsistencies — especially in pass protection — present too great a risk for major playing time, though he has been improving.
“David Ausberry is another guy I’ve been impressed with,” Allen said. “He’s really improved. He has a better understanding of what we’re trying to ask him to do, and we’re going to continue to put the pressure on him and press him to see who, at the end of the day, stands up and responds and catches the ball and wins the battle.”
LB: Miles Burris, after starting 15 games and accumulating nearly 900 snaps at outside linebacker, has moved inside (though the team hopes he can play inside and outside this year). More significantly, Burris has yet to practice after having offseason knee surgery. This injury may have allowed rookie Sio Moore to secure what was Burris’ starting spot.
FS: Nice to see Charles Woodson back in the starting lineup for the Raiders.