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Jacksonville Jaguars emerging offensive weapon: Chris Conley

Brandon Carroll

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Jun 3, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley (18) looks to catch the ball during organized team activities at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Going into the 2019 NFL season, the Jacksonville Jaguars have many unanswered questions. One question being, which player will assert themselves as Nick Foles’ top weapon on offense this season?

While there are many players who have an opportunity to step up, we look to the wide-out position to find this player. Despite the Jaguars going into the season with wide receivers by committee instead of a sole star wide-out, one player will have to elevate themselves to WR1 on the young Jaguars squad for the offense to flourish.

The guy destined to do it throughout this point in training camp is Chris Conley.

Conley, a new addition for the Jaguars in the off-season will look to build off a decent year he displayed with the Kansas City Chiefs last season. A bigger body standing at 6’3, 205 pounds is a perfect fit for the Jaguars offense as they lack an outside receiver.

Putting Conley on the outside of the offense immediately makes the team better by allowing them to spread out the field as new offensive coordinator John Defilippo likes to do. Conley looks to be the lead man on a Jaguars team that lacks a big-name player in the wide receiver corp.

With returning players such as Dede Westbrook and Marquise Lee (who is returning from a season-ending ACL tear in last year’s preseason) on the inside, and brand new veteran addition Terrelle Pryor opposite of him,  Conley will look to not only get himself open but take attention off those guys as well. Conley’s speed on the outside, strong hands, and ability to accelerate at the break of his routes will separate himself from the rest of the unit.

The biggest attribute Conley shows that will support this revamped Jacksonville offense is his ability to track down the deep ball, a part of the Jacksonville offense they have lacked for many years but looks to re-emerge, and Conley will be the threat on those deep balls.

Conley showed spurts of talent whilst in Kansas City but was derailed by plaguing injuries that kept him from seeing the field much in the 2017 season. Missing nearly a full season he was unable to gain chemistry with the then Kansas City starting quarterback Alex Smith.

Not receiving many targets, it was difficult for Conley to get into a rhythm and show off his big-play ability and talents that KC drafted him for. When Patrick Mahomes took over last season, Conley showed that knack to get into the end zone and help his team win games. Having 32 receptions for 334 yards and 5 scores in a very crowded wide receiver room in terms of talent on the Chiefs team.

Being former teammates with highly touted free agent signing Foles, Conley looks to use the previously formed chemistry to assert himself as Foles go-to guy early on as they reunite in Jacksonville. Foles having previous knowledge of Conley’s tendencies as a wide-out will prove huge in the passing game as Conley will receive a higher number of targets than ever before at the professional level.

Conley has been overshadowed by players such as Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Sammy Watkins throughout his career in Kansas City, and looks for a fresh start to show that he belongs as one of the top wide receivers in the NFL.

The 5th year man out of Georgia signed with the Jaguars looking to reinvent himself and kick start his career after learning from some of the best in the game early on. Number 18 looks as if he is going to be a force to be reckoned in the Jaguars offensive attack. This is all only OTA’s though.

Being able to translate the training camp success to on-field success will be crucial for the Jaguars and what they are able to accomplish as a team when the season rolls around in early September.

Brandon Carroll is an 18-year-old college student aspiring to be a sports journalist. Has written articles over the past few years for fun and had two published within In The Game magazine. Locked On Jags is his first real opportunity to showcase his writing and love for sports.

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  1. AJ Smith

    June 7, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Great Article, Brandon. We will be looking forward to more from you in the future.

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Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

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Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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