When it came to quarterbacks, the Las Vegas Raiders had an unusual season.
In round four of the 2023 NFL Draft, the Raiders choose O'Connell. In May, they signed him to a rookie deal worth $4.3 million.
Despite O'Connell's outstanding preseason, he didn't get his NFL debut until Week 4, when he started a game against the Chargers.
He did not play a snap for two weeks after that, but in Week 8,
he replaced the benched veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer against the
Chicago Bears after Hoyer threw his second interception of the game.
The Oakland Raiders lost to the Detroit Lions the week after that.