Highlights from the Raiders’ first open practice at OTAs

The Las Vegas Raiders are progressing through their offseason workout program, now in Phase 3. Tuesday marked the second day of voluntary Organized Team Activities (OTAs), with a significant portion of the roster present and competing.

Here are some key observations and quotes from the open practice:

The competition between quarterbacks Aidan O’Connell and Gardner Minshew II is already heating up. Both showcased their skills during 7-on-7 red zone drills. O’Connell delivered a precise pass to Michael Mayer in the middle of the end zone, while Minshew extended a play to find rookie Dylan Laube in the flat. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy commented on the QB battle, saying, “This is a long process. We’re at the beginning stages of it. Everyone is trying to get a grasp of what we’re trying to accomplish. 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.”

Two standout pass catchers were Jakobi Meyers and Michael Mayer. Meyers displayed his usual excellent route-running skills, while Mayer appeared sharper and quicker as he prepares for his second season. Mayer expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Nothing wrong with last year, but it’s just different this year. I’m way happier, I’m way more positive. I love to be out here on this field. I love to play football.”

A highlight of the day came from Alexander Mattison, who made an impressive catch in the back of the end zone, courtesy of another pinpoint pass from O’Connell.

Special teams coordinator Tom McMahon utilized practice time for significant drill reps, focusing on fielding kicks and punts with the new kickoff rule in mind.

On the defensive side, the linebacking corps—comprising Divine Deablo, Robert Spillane, and Luke Masterson—excelled during 7-on-7 drills and team periods, making multiple stops.

Another noticeable change was Tyree Wilson’s physique. The 2023 first-round draft pick has added lean muscle to his 6-foot-6, 275-pound frame. Wilson, who is in a better place this offseason compared to last year’s foot injury rehab, credited his improvement to learning from Maxx Crosby. Wilson emphasized the importance of good weight, eating habits, and sleeping habits, saying, “You’ve got to have good weight, good eating habits, sleeping habits to be the best on the field.”