Raiders rookie CB Gareon Conley the missing piece?

Raiders rookie CB Gareon Conley the missing piece?

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.

Kurtenbach:

“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.”