Antonio Pierce: Raiders ‘still evaluating’ quarterback position for Thursday night

Dec 11, 2023, 2:30 PM

Aidan O'Connell #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders throws during the first half of the game against the Mi...

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 10: Aidan O'Connell #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders throws during the first half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Allegiant Stadium on December 10, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Chargers will likely be without quarterback Justin Herbert when they face the Raiders on Thursday night. Can Antonio Pierce and the Las Vegas have a different quarterback, too?

When Pierce took over for Josh McDaniels in Week 9, he made a change at the quarterback position, starting Aidan O’Connell in place of veteran Jimmy Garoppolo.

At the time, he said the rookie provides the Raiders with the “best chance” to win. And for two games, it looked like that was the right move. But following three straight losses, including Sunday’s 3-0 defeat by the hands of the Minnesota Vikings where O’Connell finished the game with 171 passing yards and an interception, Antonio Pierce said they’re “still evaluating” who will be behind center Thursday night.

“We’re just going through the process. I’m not going to rush to make any decision, not do anything emotional based off what I read or what anybody is telling me. I’ll go off my guy,” Pierce said.

After Sunday’s game, O’Connell said he hasn’t lost confidence in himself, but he knows he has to do better.

“I point to myself, I got to do a better job of executing in the run game, in the pass game, and making sure we have a good play going when I hike the football. You can put it on me, I got to execute better,” O’Connell said Sunday.

Thank you for reading Follow us on Twitter and Google News, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.


Las Vegas Raiders

Aidan O'Connell #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders is greeted by teammates during player introductions pri...

Joseph Jarosz

Raiders quarterback Aidan O’Connell on what he learned in his rookie year

Aidan O'Connell, the lone quarterback holdover from last season for the Raiders, reflects on his rookie season and what year two will bring.

5 days ago

Wide receiver Davante Adams #17 of the Las Vegas Raiders looks on as the United States national ant...

Field Level Media

Raiders WR Davante Adams: No desire to be traded

Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams wants to be in Las Vegas, and insists he'd be gone by now if he had any desire to be traded.

6 days ago

Cody Whitehair #65 of the Chicago Bears looks on during the second quarter against the Seattle Seah...

Field Level Media

Report: Raiders sign OL Cody Whitehair to 1-year deal

The Las Vegas Raiders have signed free-agent guard/center Cody Whitehair to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, according to reports.

6 days ago

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 14: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 and defensive end Maxx Crosby #98 of the L...

Joseph Jarosz

Derek Carr says he ‘cannot wait’ to face Maxx Crosby and the Raiders

Maxx Crosby will get a chance to face off against his former teammate next season. And Derek Carr cannot wait to host his former team.

13 days ago

Jordan Meredith #61 of the Las Vegas Raiders stretches before the game against the Green Bay Packer...

Joseph Jarosz

Offensive lineman Jordan Meredith re-signs with Raiders

The Raiders are bringing back 26-year-old offensive guard Jordan Meredith, however, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

20 days ago

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 01: Jayden Daniels #5 of the LSU Tigers looks on during the ReliaQuest Bow...

Joseph Jarosz

Report: Raiders scheduled to meet with LSU QB Jayden Daniels

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are one of six teams to schedule meetings with LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels.

25 days ago

Antonio Pierce: Raiders ‘still evaluating’ quarterback position for Thursday night