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 landed on injured reserved 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, and that lack of production as well as 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.
Conley (Achilles) looked to be moving well and showed some burst during Thursday's OTA, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
Conley ruptured his Achilles in October after collecting 11 passes on 16 targets over five games (all starts) during the 2017 season. Drafted in the third round of 2015 as a project with ideal measurables for the position, Conley has turned the first three years of his career into just 71 receptions and one receiving touchdown. The addition of Sammy Watkins this offseason lessens his prospects further entering 2018, with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt already set to absorb a large number of targets.
A 2015 third-round pick, Conley has 71 career receptions and a single touchdown, despite getting the start in 21 of his 37 games (including all five last year). He's trying to bounce back from a ruptured Achilles suffered in October, with his fit in Kansas City questionable alongside Watkins and Tyreek Hill, both of whom primarily work outside. The Chiefs previously used Hill and Conley outside, with Albert Wilson -- now a Miami Dolphin -- getting most of the slot work. The team probably prefers to have a No. 3 receiver who is more comfortable in the slot, but it isn't entirely out of the question that Conley pushes for the role if he's healthy for the start of training camp. He's unlikely to be ready for the offseason program or summer practices, giving Demarcus Robinson an early leg up in a potential position battle.
Conley ruptured his Achilles in Sunday's win over the Texans. The pass-catcher had tallied 46 yards on three receptions before suffering the injury. He had not been a major part of the offense prior to going down, recording just 11 receptions for 175 yards and zero touchdowns in five games. Albert Wilson figures to see increased reps with Conley now on the IR.
|4||10/1/18||@ DEN||8:15 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|11||11/19/18||@ LAR||8:15 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|13||12/2/18||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ SEA||8:20 pm|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||5||17||199||11.7||44||1||2||1||12|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||11||44||530||12.0||39||0||4||0||30|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||5||5||11||175||15.9||35||0||3||0||8|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||2||2||3||32||10.7||15||1||0||0||2|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||1||14||14.0||14||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||5||1||8||8.0||8||0||0|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||2||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||5||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|