Raiders Are Reportedly Benching Jimmy Garoppolo For Rest Of Season
The Las Vegas Raiders are making a major personnel change in addition to firing their head coach, offensive coordinator and general manager.
According to reports, Las Vegas is moving forward with rookie Aidan O'Connell as its starting quarterback, sending veteran Jimmy Garoppolo to the bench.
It sounds like the plan is to start O'Connell for the second half of the season, though of course that could change due to injury or ineffectiveness.
Another major move in Las Vegas: The #Raiders are expected to start rookie QB Aidan O'Connell this week and going forward, with Jimmy Garoppolo going to the bench. The promising O’Connell now gets his shot.
O'Connell, a fourth-round pick out of Purdue in this year's NFL Draft, has appeared in two games and made one start already this season.
With Garoppolo out with an injury, he got the nod against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4, throwing for 238 yards and an interception in a 24-17 loss.
O'Connell also played off the bench in the Raiders' 30-12 loss to the Chicago Bears two weeks ago, completing 10-of-13 passes for 75 yards, one touchdown and an interception.
He'll now serve as Las Vegas' QB1 starting Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX).