Conley will sign a contract with the Jaguars on Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Conley did set a career high in touchdowns in 2018, but that was essentially the only area in which the fourth-year receiver was able to capitalize during Sammy Watkins' six-game absence towards the end of the regular season. Known more for his lanky figure (6-foot-3) and tantalizing intangibles (4.34 40-yard dash) than actual production on the field, the toolsy receiver will likely compete with 2018 second-round pick D.J. Chark and Keelan Cole for the No. 3 job entering training camp.
Conley failed to corral his lone target Sunday in the Chiefs' 37-31 overtime loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Sammy Watkins returned from a foot injury to suit up in both of the Chiefs' postseason contests, resulting in Conley losing some prominence in the Kansas City passing attack. Though Conley still worked as the Chiefs' No. 3 receiver, he played only 24 of 52 offensive snaps with the team frequently making use of two-tight end sets featuring Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris. Conley will hit free agency for the first time this offseason and could be motivated to seek employment from a team that can offer him more legitimate volume in the passing game. A return to Kansas City in 2019 likely wouldn't result in a notable bump in targets for Conley with Kelce, Watkins and Tyreek Hill all still under contract.
Conley failed to record a catch on three targets in Week 17 against the Raiders. Conley completed his 2018 regular season with just 32 total grabs on 52 targets for 334 yards and five touchdowns. While the five scores mark a career high, the four-year receiver saw declining outputs in both receptions and receiving yards from his last full campaign in 2016. With Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce all ranking above him in the pecking order for targets and set to return in 2019, it's unclear whether Conley, an impending free agent, will sport Chiefs colors next season.
Conley hauled in three of his five targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks. Conley hauled in two big passes in the first half -- they were 18 and 23 yards respectively -- though he fumbled the latter, ending a scoring threat for the Chiefs. While he remains the second wide receiver on the depth chart with Sammy Watkins (foot) sidelined, Conley has had to fight for targets with the likes of Damien Williams, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill. As a result, he has failed to surpass five targets in each of the past three games and cannot be counted on for a consistent role in the offense. However, he still possesses plenty of upside so long as Sammy Watkins cannot take the field, thanks to having Patrick Mahomes as his quarterback.
Conley brought in two of three targets for 19 yards and also recovered a fumble in the Chiefs' 29-28 loss to the Chargers on Thursday. Conley had another quiet night serving in a complementary capacity, as Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Damien Williams all unsurprisingly outpaced him in receptions. The 26-year-old did have a rare seven-catch breakout against the Rams in the shootout for the ages three games ago, but he's otherwise failed to eclipse four grabs in any other contest this season. Moreover, with Kelvin Benjamin now in the fold and suiting up for his first game Thursday, Conley's role could shrink even further over the final two contests of the regular season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|6||10/13||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|8||10/27||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|13||12/01||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|14||12/08||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||46||29||346||2||19||11.93||44|