What The Mercury News’ Dieter Kurtenbach calls the Oakland Raiders missing piece on defense, rookie cornerback Gareon Conley’s impressive showing last Sunday certainly won’t have many disagreeing.
“Here’s the thing: It’s rare for a rookie cornerback to be successful in their first year. NFL wide receivers are unfairly talented compared to college wide-outs and NFL rules and quarterbacks only accentuate that difference — typically in a cruel way. Conley might have been the top-rated cornerback on some team’s draft boards, and he might have been the safest pick in a generational 2017 cornerback draft class, but it would be aggressive to expect Conley to be a lock-down corner in his first season. But, well, I think he can do it…”
“In the offseason, I thought he was going to be a good player — I really did,” quarterback Derek Carr added to the story. “You never know until you get in the games, but he went out there and I thought that he did really well.”