Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid provided an update on the health status of Chris Conley on Thursday after the team’s ninth OTA practice.
“He’s been phenomenal. He’s way ahead of where we expected him. We actually backed him down, he was doing so much and we want to get him through this whole thing healthy. He has actually had a very good camp.”
The Chiefs lost Conley for the season when he ruptured his Achilles during their Week 5 win over the Houston Texans last season. Conley had surgery in mid-October.
We last heard from Conley in mid-April, when he provided his own update.
“Right now, it’s kind of interesting because I have to not only do what I want to do and what I feel I can do, but I also have to work with everyone else in this building—that’s coaches and trainers. And so, right now, I think this first phase is really us determining what all of our goals are right now for me playing. You know me, I get anxious, but I have to listen to them and do things in the right now, so I should find out in this first phase what I will be doing for the next phases that come after it.”
CBS Sports speculated that Conley has been left “without a clear role” in 2018 with the offseason signing of Sammy Watkins, slated to be the “X” or “No. 2” receiver in the Chiefs offense. Tyreek Hill remains the Chiefs’ “Z” or “No. 1” receiver.
I think it is fair to say that Conley will find himself in a training camp battle with Demarcus Robinson, De’Anthony Thomas, Jehu Chesson and perhaps even Gehrig Dieter and Marcus Kemp for that No. 3 wide receiver position.
Right now, to me, he is the clear favorite.
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