INGLEWOOD Ca – Barring a last-minute change of plans, the Raiders are expected to start rookie Aidan O’Connell today at quarterback against the Chargers a person with knowledge confirmed.
O’Connell will replace Jimmy Garoppolo, who is out with a concussion.
The Raiders see the situation as a chance to help the development process of O’Connell, a fourth-round pick from Purdue, while also getting a chance to evaluate their young quarterback.
O’Connell has impressed the club throughout the spring and summer with his performance in practice and during the preseason. The choice came down to O’Connell or veteran Brian Hoyer, but O’Connell achieves both short-term and potentially long-range objectives.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.