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Observations from the first open practice of Raiders OTAs

The Las Vegas Raiders are continuing to march their way to the summer, reaching Phase 3 of their offseason workout program.

Tuesday marked the second day of voluntary Organized Team Activities (OTAs) with a large portion of the roster in attendance to compete and push one another.

Here are a few notes and quotes to recap the open practice.

  • The competition between Aidan O'Connell and Gardner Minshew II is heating up early. Both quarterbacks made some impressive throws throughout practice in 7-on-7 red zone drills. O'Connell threw a dot in the middle of the end zone to Michael Mayer, with Minshew creating some time in the pocket to find rookie Dylan Laube in the flat. "This is a long process. We're at the beginning stages of it," offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said of the QB battle. "Everyone is trying to get a grasp of what we're trying to accomplish, not just the QBs but everybody. The good thing is we have a good group in that room. Those guys work their butt off and they're competitive, but they're great teammates too at the same time."
  • The two pass catchers that shined in these early stages were Jakobi Meyers and Michael Mayer. Meyers' route running skills were stellar as usual, with Mayer looking a bit sharper and quicker as he readies for his second season. "Nothing wrong with last year, but it's just different this year, it's different," Mayer said Tuesday. "I'm way happier, I'm way more positive. I love to be out here on this field. I love to play football."
  • The highlight of the day came from Alexander Mattison, making a snag in the back of the end zone. Not only a great grab by the running back, but another pinpoint pass from O'Connell.
  • Tom McMahon and his special teams unit were able to get some significant drill reps fielding kicks and punts with the new kickoff rule in mind.
  • On the defensive side of the ball, the linebacking corps got after it as much as they could without live contact permitted. The trio of Divine Deablo, Robert Spillane and Luke Masterson made multiple stops in 7-on-7 drills and team period.
  • Another noticeable change on the defensive side of the ball is Tyree Wilson's physique. He seemingly added some lean muscle to his 6-foot-6, 275 pound frame. The 2023 first-round draft pick added that he feels he's in a better place this offseason than his rookie offseason that included rehabbing a foot injury. "You've got to have good weight, good eating habits, sleeping habits to be the best on the field," Wilson said. "I learned that from a leader in the room – Maxx Crosby. I tried to work with him all offseason to improve my game on the field."

Head inside Intermountain Health Performance Center to view photos from day two of OTAs.

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