Oakland waives rookie QB Wilson

Published: Monday, Sep. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 11:17 am

ALAMEDA – The Raiders reduced their glut at two positions Sunday by waiving rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson and releasing punter Chris Kluwe.

Oakland also announced it claimed two players off waivers: guard Antoine McClain from Baltimore and defensive tackle Brian Sanford from Cleveland.

With Wilson, the Raiders gained an unwelcome distinction: He was the highest pick in the 2013 NFL draft to fail to make a 53-man roster.

Taken in the fourth round, No. 112 overall, from Arkansas, Wilson played well in rookie camp, minicamps and organized team activities. But he quickly fell behind undrafted rookie Matt McGloin from Penn State on the depth chart during training camp.

As Wilson's practice time dwindled behind Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn and McGloin, so did his chance to play in the exhibition season. He didn't play in the second and third games, finishing 11 of 18 for 93 yards and no touchdowns with two interceptions. McGloin was 20 for 35 for a team-high 279 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions.

Wilson could be added to the practice squad should he clear waivers.

Kluwe's release makes Marquette King, who spent last season on injured reserve, the successor to Shane Lechler, who joined Houston as a free agent. King averaged 53.6 yards on seven punts with a 45.3 net, and Kluwe had a 46.6 average on seven punts with a 37.4 net.

Patriots – Tight end Rob Gronkowski looked "almost Gronk-esque," teammate Michael Hoomanawanui said, as he practiced in full pads for the first time since June 18 back surgery.

Gronkowski isn't expected to play in the first few games but wasn't placed on the physically unable to perform list, a move that would have required him to miss at least the first six games of the season.

Bills – Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel returned to practice after missing two weeks because of a left knee injury, and coach Doug Marrone is cautiously optimistic about the first-round pick's chances of starting the season opener Sunday against New England.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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