Raiders’ rookie Tyree Wilson on seeing first game action
Aug 28, 2023, 1:44 PM
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Tyree Wilson took another positive step forward this weekend as he makes his way back from an injury.
The Raiders’ seventh overall pick in this year’s draft didn’t join the team in training camp until mid-August as he worked his way back from a foot injury in November 2022 while at Texas Tech.
On Saturday, he suited up and saw his first NFL action. While he only was able to record one tackle, head coach Josh McDaniels still considered it a positive.
“I thought he played hard. I thought he saw a few different looks, which is good, [he] had to play a couple of different things schematically. We got to play him on both sides of the ball, which was a good thing also, got some exposure there. And he’s going to learn from some of the things that he saw. It’s one thing to get close. The NFL is really not a league of close. So, he’ll learn to finish that, which is what he did in college, but there’s some good things to learn from today for sure… He showed up in both the running game and the passing game, which was good. I think his conditioning was fine relative to the amount of plays we used him. He chased and ran to the ball and was able to create some pressure on the quarterback there a little bit.”
Tyree Wilson’s power is DIFFERENT 😳
For reference, Josh Ball (No. 75) is listed at 6’8”, 304 pounds.
And Wilson moved him like it was NOTHING.
Wilson’s “explosiveness” has reportedly been on full display in the limited amount of reps he’s seen during camp.
The Raiders rookie… pic.twitter.com/WjPouO4j4x
— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) August 27, 2023
Wilson spoke to reporters after the game, saying it felt good to get back on the field and he’s ready to build upon that experience.
“I was eager to get on the field right away, but I trust the trainers, and trust the coaches, and the personnel department to have the right plan to get me back on the field at the right time,” Wilson said. “And I feel like coming back to Texas was the right time to get on the field.”
The edge rusher played 44 games between Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Over those four seasons, Tyree Wilson totaled 121 tackles, 17 sacks one forced fumble and one pass defended. He was named a First Team All-Big 12 and Second Team Associated Press All-American in 2022.