Raiders Star Clearly Skeptical of Quarterback Situation

Aidan O'Connell threw 12 TDs to seven interceptions for the Raiders last year
Aidan O'Connell threw 12 TDs to seven interceptions for the Raiders last year / Rich Janzaruk/Herald-Times / USA TODAY

The Raiders finished second in the AFC West last year and foolishly believe they can challenge the Chiefs atop the division, though star WR Davante Adams doesn't sound so sure.

Adams had 1,144 receiving yards last year, a great mark for anyone but his lowest total since the 2019 season in which he played in only 12 games. Las Vegas' quarterback situation is a mess with Gardner Minshew and Aidan O'Connell battling for the starting spot, and Adams seems to know the offense's ceiling is limited by the mediocre signal callers.

When asked about the team's potential, Adams hardly inspired much confidence with his response.

Davonte Adams Says "We'll See" About Raiders' Potential

Speaking with the media following Vegas' mandatory minicamp, Adams noted, "at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter how good we can be...I guess we'll see what that potential is."

After spending the majority of his career with future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers, Adams' pessimism is understandable. Minshew is a journeyman QB who projects as a quality backup, while O'Connell had only 12 TDs to seven interceptions last year.

Given the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes and even the Chargers have Justin Herbert, it's hard to imagine the Raiders seriously competing with Minshew and O'Connell. In all likelihood, this is a team that will once again be looking for answers at the most important position in sports next offseason.

This year feels like merely a formality then, and Adams is likely watching his football mortality flash before his eyes. He'll turn 32 years old in December, a point that a receiver's production typically starts to decline.

If Adams wants to get back to the heights he saw over the last five years before it's too late, he may need to find a new team entirely.

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