Chris Conley, the former Kansas City wide receiver, signed with the Jaguars in March as an unrestricted free agent. Conley and new Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles spent 2016 as teammates when Foles was the backup in Kansas City. Upon signing, Conley said Foles was "blowing my phone up" with "those little emoji videos, the little creepy ones." Conley appeared in all 16 regular-season games last year, starting 13 of them. Conley had a keen understanding of how quarterback Patrick Mahomes plays the game, and was on the receiving end of multiple special throws last year -- including the Week 3 touchdown pass against the 49ers that saw Mahomes run 35.7 yards behind the line of scrimmage before zipping it to Conley, and a lunging touchdown catch near the end of the half of an epic Week 11 game against the Rams. Indeed, Conley said he brings to Jacksonville "the ability to strike and score from anywhere on the field" and "consistency."
Conley joins a wide receiver group that includes sixth-year veteran Marqise Lee (coming off a torn ACL), third-year veterans Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook (the Jags' de facto WR1) and second-year man DJ Chark in what's certain to be a run-first offense.
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While it's hard to envision Conley making good on the "consistency" portion of his upside, Conley could parlay his pre-existing chemistry with Foles into a starting role. And that could result in some big plays. That's not the worst thing considering his current WR5 price.