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CB Gareon Conley had a solid debut for the Raiders

By Rob Hamilton
Sep 19, 2017
Oakland Raiders Gareon Conley

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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Gareon Conley #22 of the Oakland Raiders in action guarding Jeremy Kerley #14 of the New York Jets during the third quarter of their NFL football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
  • After missing the entire preseason and Week 1 due to injury, Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback Gareon Conley made his professional debut on Sunday in Oakland against the New York Jets. Heading into the game, the Raiders were down 2016 starting CB Sean Smith.
  • Now healthy and with his legal issues behind him, Conley had a very encouraging debut in which he played 46 snaps and allowed just one catch on two targets. He especially showed off his ball skills on a defensed pass where he almost forced an interception. He’s a welcome addition to an Oakland secondary which has been seen as a weakness for a potential Super Bowl contender.
  • The Raiders picked Conley with the 24th-overall selection in the 2017 draft out of Ohio State, where he allowed the third best yards per cover snap (0.51) in 2016. He allowed just 14 receptions for 159 yards, and an NFL passer rating of 14.0, best in the nation, on throws into his coverage during his senior season.

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