Raiders GM Tom Telesco: Aidan O'Connell, Gardner Minshew will compete to be QB1

by Christina S. Brown
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It is a guessing sport whether or not second-year QB Aidan O’Connell or veteran Gardner Minshew might be beneath heart for the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1 of the 2024 NFL season. 

On that word, Raiders basic supervisor Tom Telesco confirmed that the 2 quarterbacks will compete to be the staff’s beginning signal-caller this summer season.

“That is the plan is to have each these guys actually compete via the offseason program, however extra so in coaching camp, and we’ll see the way it performs out,” Telesco stated about O’Connell and Minshew in an interview with NFL Community on Thursday. “I believed Aidan did a wonderful job final 12 months in a extremely tough state of affairs the place the top coach modified, the coordinator modified, and he performed actually good soccer down the stretch. I’ve had an opportunity to be round him a little bit bit extra within the constructing and also you type of see the quarterback intangibles which might be there, which is good to have, that you need to have as a franchise quarterback.

“After which with Gardner, you recognize, Gardner performed nicely final 12 months with the Colts. I imply, he was within the Professional Bowl, so clearly had a reasonably good 12 months. He is at all times carried out at a excessive stage when he is given that chance, so to have each these guys right here competing for the job, we’ll see the way it goes.”

O’Connell appeared in 11 video games final 12 months, making 10 begins in his rookie season. He totaled 2,218 passing yards, 12 passing touchdowns, seven interceptions and an 83.9 passer ranking, whereas finishing 62.1% of his passes. The Raiders went 5-5 in video games that O’Connell began, ending an 8-9 season on a excessive word, most notably beating the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on the street in Week 16.

O’Connell was one in all three quarterbacks to play for the Raiders final season, as Jimmy Garoppolo made six begins and Brian Hoyer made one.

Minshew signed a two-year, $25 million take care of the Raiders in March. He spent 2023 with the Indianapolis Colts, starting the season as rookie quarterback Anthony Richardon’s backup. That stated, a collection of accidents to Richardson put Minshew within the highlight, as he appeared in all 17 regular-season video games and began 13.

The veteran Minshew completed the 2023 season with 3,305 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions and an 84.6 passer ranking, whereas finishing 62.2% of his passes. The Colts went 7-6 with Minshew beneath heart and completed the season 9-8, lacking the playoffs by one sport. 

Previous to his one-year stint with the Colts, Minshew, 27, began 20 video games for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2019-20 and 4 video games for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2021-22.

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