Former All-Pro WR Suggests That $72 Million Star Could Be Benched by Raiders

The new additions to the Las Vegas Raiders make it difficult to predict their potential. 

Teams pay veteran quarterbacks like Jimmy Garoppolo $72.75 million to be competitive.

If the Raiders struggle, they'll need to make choices. Rookie Aidan O'Connell impressed in preseason but hasn't faced tough opponents yet. 

Steve Smith Sr., NFL Network analyst, thinks the Raiders might replace Garoppolo with O'Connell in 2023.

Will Garoppolo lose their starting job to a rookie for the second year in a row? Smith predicts for the 2023 season on "NFL Total Access."

Garoppolo won't be benched for O'Connell unless there's an injury. Raiders need a bad start to consider making that move.

Aidan O'Connell was drafted after seven other quarterbacks in the 2023 NFL Draft, so expectations for his rookie season were low.

He was the best quarterback in the preseason and was named one of the biggest winners by Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus.

Rookie quarterback Aidan O'Connell had an impressive preseason, according to Monson's August 30 column. 

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