Raiders’ coaches think Gareon Conley is ready for a big second season

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Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley had a disappointing rookie season, playing in just two games after Oakland took him with the 24th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. But this year will be different.

That’s the word from Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who says Conley is ready to develop into the kind of elite player the Raiders thought he would be.

“He’s had a terrible injury he had to rehab from, he’s had to change coaches, learn a new system, and it’s been a slow and steady process. But, man, is he a good player. When he’s feeling good, you can see why we picked him,” Gruden said, via ESPN.

Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenter said Conley looks like he’s picking up the mental side of the game.

“Most importantly, he’s out there and he’s doing good,” Guenther said. “He’s really understanding the little details of everything: the press techniques that we’re teaching; some of the different coverages, we have a lot of different coverages in now. He’s done a really good job for us.”

The only question left for Conley is whether he can get healthy and stay healthy after last year’s shin injury. The Raiders’ coaches are optimistic that he can.

24 responses to “Raiders’ coaches think Gareon Conley is ready for a big second season

  1. Well i would just like to see him hit the field for more than one game.

    Even though i dont think he was as bad as everyone says he just always messed up at the perfect moment to lose us games, Dj Hayden was a first round miss by us and that set us back a few years while the Online was younger and Carr was on fire, had a really Good offense and awful Defense.

    Hope the same isnt true for Conley he looks like atleast a very good slot corner hopefully he can be the guy though. Im still bummed we let TJ Carrie walk.

  2. Gruden lining up another pre-excuse sleeper in front of his bus for if Raiders don’t do as hoped.

  3. flviking says:
    July 2, 2018 at 7:15 am
    Raiders sound a lot like the packers. Putting all their hopes and dreams on 1st or 2nd year players.
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    He was a 1st pick for them in the 1st rd and considered the best CB in the draft that year.

  4. Viking fan bashing the Packers with the first post on this Raiders thread…priceless. How does it feel to constantly have the Packers in your head?

  5. @chaunce922

    What are you getting in with. Conley is an outside corner. How can he look good in the slot when he’s practiced and played primarily at outside with the Raiders. He played a bit af corner at OSU his final couple of games and had his worst games. Conley is gonna be a stud in the outside.

  6. Conley has earned optimism from the coaches. That’s all this article is saying. So after you sift through all the noise and hate from the Raider fan wannabees, that’s the message that’s being given.

  7. @chuance922

    Conley played very sparingly last year. Maybe two games. From just those few plays you can see he has skills. In his first game he barely missed a pick. Don’t know what games you were watching but Conley never lost the Raiders any football games.

  8. You write an article about Conley? He’s Winston II. His buddies along with his lawyer said he never touched her. Then it’s all her fault.

  9. @Darryl Williams @heLLpaso

    I was comparing DJ too Conley since they were both 1st round corners who missed their first year. Also was just trying to say DJ wasnt as bad as some people claimed he just had a great ability to blow it at the worst time imaginable.

    Conley a talented kid, was only expressing that i hope he can contribute for us and grow into a bigger role and that we dont get unlucky like we did with DJ.

  10. The Grudenator is delusional. Conley is another talented athlete with no brains or morals.

  11. funny for an organization who hasn’t been great since early 2000’s, they sure have a lot of haters. Most of it coming from fans of franchises with less than 3 Lombardi trophies as well, go figure

  12. “when he’s feeling good”

    That’s the issue here. The Raiders were super weird about his injury. They acted coy about it which was concerning.

    And here we are listening to the coach basically say he has a lingering injury almost a year later…what was the original injury and what was with the shady reporting of it? Why is he still being affected?

    Huge red flags here.

  13. funny for an organization who hasn’t been great since early 2000’s, they sure have a lot of haters. Most of it coming from fans of franchises with less than 3 Lombardi trophies as well, go figure.
    ___________
    My team has three. When was the last time the Raiders won a SB or even a playoff game? Tick tock.

  14. What was his serious injury?
    I always heard there was an issue with his shin. Nothing else.

  15. babygaga19 says:

    July 2, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    funny for an organization who hasn’t been great since early 2000’s, they sure have a lot of haters. Most of it coming from fans of franchises with less than 3 Lombardi trophies as well, go figure.
    ___________
    My team has three. When was the last time the Raiders won a SB or even a playoff game? Tick tock.
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    2 from cheating the salary cap, doesn’t count

  16. babygaga19 says:

    July 2, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    funny for an organization who hasn’t been great since early 2000’s, they sure have a lot of haters. Most of it coming from fans of franchises with less than 3 Lombardi trophies as well, go figure.
    ___________
    My team has three. When was the last time the Raiders won a SB or even a playoff game? Tick tock.
    _______________

    “My team”, which team do you own? you have to love the losers that use the words, we, my or our team. Fact is you’re not a part of the team

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