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Raiders HC Antonio Pierce Confirmed signing of WR from Cowboys

Raiders HC Antonio Pierce Confirmed signing of WR from Cowboys



NFL owners meeting: Antonio Pierce talks quarterbacks, free agents, culture and more


New Las Vegas coach catches up on offseason movement


Las Vegas Raiders coach Antonio Pierce met with media members at the NFL owners meeting early Monday morning.




It was his first, extensive interview since free agency began two weeks ago. Here are some highlights of Pierce’s session:

Pierce continued to say everything is on the table at quarterback and the Raiders will work to ad another quarterback on the roster.



As he did in an interview with the NFL Network on Sunday, Pierce said second-year player Aidan O’Connell has earned the right to to compete to start.



As he said in the past, Pierce liked the growth he saw from O’Connell late last season and he liked the way he took care of the ball. Pierce did say he wants O’Connell, a fourth-round pick from Purdue last season, work on becoming more vocal. Pierce noted that a quarterback can’t be a “church mouse.”



In addition to a rookie, the Raiders, of course have signed veteran Gardner Minshew in free agency. Pierce said the team was interested in Minshew because he’s a competitor who has shown he can handle adversity and Pierce believes Minshew is a culture fit in Las Vegas. “That’s a wild boy right there,” Pierce said of Minshew, who is known for being quite the character.



In terms of the who will be the Raiders’ starting quarterback, of course, it all depends if the Raiders can pull off a big trade for a top quarterback prospect. If not, it will likely be Minshew and O’Connell battling in training camp and in the preseason.

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