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Sunday, August 21, 2016, 9:43am
The Kansas City Chiefs have been looking for a productive wide receiver other than Jeremy Maclin. Chris Conley was that player for the Chiefs in their 21-20 preseason loss to the Rams in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
Conley had three catches for a team-high 66 yards. He delivered a big play on each of the Chiefs’ two touchdown drives and another on one of their field goal drives.
Conley beat one-on-one coverage on each of his first two receptions. The first one came on a third-and-5 from the Rams’ 13. Conley caught a back-shoulder throw from quarterback Alex Smith and was tackled on the 2. Conley’s biggest play came on the next touchdown drive. He got open deep down the right sideline on third-and-2 from the Kansas City 33 and caught a 37-yard pass from Smith. The play helped set up a Maclin touchdown catch.
This isn't the first item we had on Conley, as he's been drawing attention through camp. Conley missed much of training camp last year. He pointed out that in 2015, as a rookie, he was only returning to practice from an injury the second week of the preseason, the story said. This year, he didn’t miss a day of practice at camp, so he has a much better grasp of the offensive system. He's just 73rd on our WR list and figures to be behind Maclin and TE Travis Kelce as far as the team's top targets go.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 4:24pm
Alex Smith is a guy who is going to give you reliable production. His numbers may not always be high, but very rarely will he give you a game you weren’t expecting. One of his best traits is his ability to not turn the ball over. He hasn’t thrown more than seven interceptions in a season since 2010.
He has three reliable receiving options in Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce and Jamaal Charles, and the rest of his receiving corps is improving. The team added Rod Streater in the offseason, who had some promising moments in 2013 before being buried on the depth chart.
A nice bonus from Smith is his rushing ability. The Chiefs QB is no Russell Wilson or Cam Newton, but he had a solid 498 rushing yards in 2015.
Smith rarely ever has a big game. In 2015 he had eight games under 200 yards passing and four of those games he had one touchdown or less. He only had one game above 300 yards last season, and his yards per game was second-worst among quarterbacks with at least 400 attempts on the season.
Part of the reason Smith’s numbers are so low is because the team just doesn’t throw the ball enough. He had eight games with 25 pass attempts or less, and it’s difficult to get anything going with so few passes.
Smith is consistent, but he’s consistently mediocre. He’s a guy that will probably be a part of many teams as they add and drop him from the waiver wire as a one-week streaming option. He’s not strong enough to be an every-week starter, but if you need him a few spot starts, then you’ll at least get some production.
2016 Strength of Schedule - KC
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||19.19||29.38||217.88||1.25||0.44||7.42||11.36||5.25||31.13||0.13||0||5.93||61.81/62.63||98.67% |