2024-25 NFL chances: Will Gardner Minshew or Aidan O’Connell start for Raiders?

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A QB fight is developing in Las Vegas.  

After 9 years of quarterback stability for the Raiders with Derek Carr at the helm, L.V. hoped veteran QB Jimmy Garoppolo would be the response last season. 

That was not the case, as Garoppolo hadahardtime on the field and with injuries. 

Instead, 2023 fourth-round choice Aidan O’Connell emerged as the beginning quarterback for the bulk of the season and has a possibility to maintain that function for this upcoming season. 

However, the Raiders likewise signed veteran QB Gardner Minshew to a two-year, $25 million agreement to contend for the beginning task. 

Will the Raiders benefit O’Connell’s strong play as a novice, or will they pivot in a brand-new instructions with the veteran to start the season?

Let’s check out the chances at DraftKings Sportsbook as of June 5. 


Gardner Minshew, -225 (bet $10 to win $14 overall)

Aidan O’Connell, +172 (bet $10 to win $27 overall)

Minshew is a previous sixth-round choice who will now fit up for his 4th group in 6 years. He began most of last season with the Colts, changing 2023 4th total choice Anthony Richardson, who went down with a season-ending injury in Week 5. 

Minshew had a strong season for Indy, finishing 62% of his passes, throwing for over 3,300 lawns, and leading a young Colts group to a 9-8 record and one videogame brief of the playoffs.

As for O’Connell, the Purdue item was prepared in the 4th round and was the 8th quarterback taken in the 2023 draft. 

O’Connell began 33 videogames over 4 years at Purdue. He tossed for over 9,000 lawns and 65 goals throughout his college profession, consistingof his 534-yard death efficiency in the 2021 Music City Bowl, which was the 2nd most lawns ever tossed in a bowl videogame by a Big Ten QB. 

After being suddenly tossed into the beginning QB position as a novice, the 25-year-old discovered success as a starter. He completed with a 5-5 record, consistingof a big Christmas Day win over the safeguarding champ Chiefs and a 63-21 win over the Chargers in Week 15.

Statistically, O’Connell had the second-best season of any novice QB, finishing 62% of his passes and completing the season with an 83.9 QB ranking, even however head coach Josh McDaniels was fired after a 3-5 start. 

O’Connell won 3 of his last 4 begins with an 8:0 goal to interception ratio. 

Raiders coach Antonio Pierce hasactually revealed enjoyment throughout the offseason concerning O’Connell’s novice project and his capacity future in the NFL.

“He did a hell of a task for us. You’re talking about a kid that has the psychological durability to play in the National Football League.” 

At DraftKings Sportsbook, the Raiders Over/Under win amountto sits at 6.5, with 12-1 chances to win the AFC West, 60-1 chances to win the AFC, and 100-1 chances to win the Super Bowl.

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