Conley nabbed both of his targets for 17 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Chiefs' 42-37 win over the Steelers. Pat Mahomes spread the wealth around generously in Week 2, as Conley was one of five players to reel in the quarterback's six touchdown passes. While finding paydirt was enough for Conley to pay dividends for those in deeper leagues who activated him, he's drawn only three targets across 71 offensive snaps through the Chiefs' two games. Since tight end Travis Kelce and wideouts Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins compare favorably with just about any team's top three pass catchers, there may not be much incentive for the Chiefs to expand their usage tree and make getting Conley the ball a greater priority.
Conley caught his only target for 15 yards in Week 1 against the Chargers. Although Conley played 35 snaps during Sunday's contest, he wasn't heavily involved in the game plan. That will likely remain the case this season with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins and Kareem Hunt all vying for looks in the passing game.
Conley started Saturday's preseason game against Chicago and caught each of his three targets for 22 yards. The Chiefs opened in a three-wide formation with Conley, Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins on the field. Meanwhile, fellow wideout Demarcus Robinson played into the fourth quarter, providing a strong hint that Conley has the No. 3 WR job locked down. Of course, the role doesn't figure to come with many targets in an offense featuring Hill, Watkins, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt.
Conley took the field for only five offensive snaps in Thursday's preseason opener, failing to log a stat in the box score. Given the severe nature of Conley's injury from a season ago -- a torn Achilles -- it wouldn't be surprising if the coaching staff decides to bring him back slowly. In the meantime, Demarcus Robinson has once again compiled an impressive camp and could challenge Conley for the No. 3 job. This rings especially true if the team wants to keep Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill on the outside, as Robinson better fits the mold of a slot receiver.
Conley (Achilles) took part in some of the 11-on-11 team drills during minicamp, signaling that he's back to full health, the Chiefs' official site reports. Conley landed on injured reserve in mid-October after suffering a ruptured Achilles in Week 5 against the Texans, ending what might have been a breakout season. Entering his fourth season as a pro, Conley's best year to date came in 2016, when he racked up 44 catches for 530 yards. Despite his imposing 6-foot-3 frame, Conley has scored just one touchdown in his first three seasons. That lack of production and his return from a major injury prompted the Chiefs to bring in Sammy Watkins this offseason on a three-year, $48 million pact. Conley could still factor into three-receiver sets, but he may have missed his opportunity to emerge as a consistent contributor in the passing attack.
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|15||12/14||Los Angeles Chargers||22||27.00|
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