Las Vegas Raiders QB competition update after Day 2 of minicamp

Just when it seemed we had a grip on who was leading the Las Vegas Raiders’ quarterback competition between Gardner Minshew and Aidan O’Connell, the pendulum swung yet again on Wednesday.

During Tuesday’s opening practice of mandatory minicamp, Minshew snagged more first-team reps, suggesting he was the frontrunner for the starting role. However, as we cautioned, the significance of first-team rep distribution depends on the Raiders’ consistency in their approach.

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Enter Tashan Reed of The Athletic with a plot twist: O’Connell took the lion’s share of first-team reps on Wednesday, swinging the competition back in his favor.

Despite this seesaw of practice reps, both quarterbacks continue to struggle. Reed highlighted that neither O’Connell nor Minshew has shined during OTAs. They’ve had trouble pushing the ball downfield, have thrown too many off-target passes, and their timing remains off. It’s early days yet, but both have a long road ahead.

Adding to the critique, ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez reported that O’Connell threw two interceptions on Wednesday, while Minshew added another to his tally.

The fact that neither quarterback has found much success this offseason is concerning. However, it’s worth noting they are both adapting to a new system and facing a formidable defense, so struggles are somewhat expected.

While this doesn’t entirely alleviate the worries about the Raiders’ quarterback situation, it should keep fans from hitting the panic button—at least for now.

With one more minicamp practice on Thursday, Minshew and O’Connell will then look forward to training camp in late July. That’s when the competition will really intensify as the pads come on. We’ll have a much clearer picture then.