Raiders toHold QB CompetitionBetween O'Connell and Minshew in Training Camp

Las Vegas Raiders to hold quarterback competition between Aidan O'Connell and Gardner Minshew in training camp. General Manager Tom Telesco expects either player to emerge as the starting quarterback by the 2024 NFL season.

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Raiders toHold QB CompetitionBetween O'Connell and Minshew in Training Camp

Raiders toHold QB CompetitionBetween O'Connell and Minshew in Training Camp

The Las Vegas Raiders will hold a quarterback competition between Aidan O'Connell and Gardner Minshew in training camp, according to General Manager Tom Telesco. Telesco expressed optimism about both players, stating that either one could emerge as the starting quarterback (QB1) by the start of the2024 NFL season.

"That's the plan is to have both those guys really compete through the offseason program, but more so in training camp, and we'll see how it plays out," Telesco said in an appearance on NFL Total Access. "I thought Aidan did an excellent job last year in a really difficult situation where the head coach changed, the coordinator changed, and he played really good football down the stretch."

O'Connell, 25, started 10 games as a rookie for the Raiders in 2023, completing 62.1% of his passes for 2,218 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. He showed promise late in the season, posting a 110.1 passer rating in the season finale against the Denver Broncos.

Minshew, 27, joined the Raiders this offseason after spending the 2023 season with the Indianapolis Colts. He started 13 games for the Colts, passing for 3,305 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions whileearning his first Pro Bowl selection. "And then with Gardner, you know, Gardner played well last year with the Colts. I mean, he was in the Pro Bowl, so obviously had a pretty good year,"Telesco noted. "He's always performed at a high level when he's given that opportunity, so to have both those guys herecompetingfor the job, we'll see how it goes."

The Raiders' decision to hold a quarterback competition comes after the team opted not to select a quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft. Instead, they used their first-round pick (No. 13 overall) on Georgia tight end Brock Bowers, adding another weapon to an offense that already features wide receivers Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers.

Thecompetition between O'Connell and Minshewwill be a key storyline to follow during training camp, as the Raiders look to improve upon their 8-9 record from last season. The team underwent significant changes this offseason, including the hiring of Antonio Pierce as head coach and Tom Telesco as general manager. With a revamped roster and new leadership in place, the Raiders are hoping to make a push for the playoffs in the highly competitive AFC West.