Gareon Conley is ready for a fresh start.
The 2017 first-round pick who was expected to become the shutdown cornerback Oakland has lacked for years had his first season derailed by injuries that limited him to just two games as a rookie and created a void in the Raiders secondary.
”I feel like it’s still my rookie year because I didn’t play a lot Authentic Sam Darnold Jersey ,” Conley said Tuesday. ”I learned a lot mentally. I feel like it’s my second year mentally knowing the game and the logistics. But physically I feel like it’s my rookie year again because I didn’t play a lot.”
Conley is a key part of a revamped secondary that brings back just one cornerback who played at least 100 snaps on defense last year in Dexter McDonald, who is a longshot to make the team in 2018.
David Amerson and Sean Smith were let go and TJ Carrie left for Cleveland in free agency. In their place are free agent acquisitions Rashaan Melvin, Daryl Worley and Leon Hall, as well as draft pick Nick Nelson.
But perhaps the most important member of that group will be Conley, who is being counted on to provide the lockdown coverage Oakland has been missing ever since Nnamdi Asomugha left seven years ago.
”He’s showing why he was the first-round pick,” safety Reggie Nelson said. ”I think there’s a high standard out there for him and he’s holding that up. I think Conley is doing a great job right now doing what the coaches ask him to do. … He just has tight coverage. A great little athlete. He’s going to be great in this game. Just keep learning and playing ball.”
Conley wasn’t able to do much as a rookie after being drafted 24th overall out of Ohio State despite a rape allegation that surfaced shortly before the draft but ended up with no charges being filed.
Conley was impressive in offseason workouts last year before hurting his shin in minicamp in June. That injury lingered and kept Conley sidelined for all of training camp.
He managed to work his way back and made it on the field for his NFL debut in Week 2 but said he was never completely healthy. Conley showed flashes of his ability the first time he was targeted with a pass when he made an acrobatic breakup against the New York Jets and nearly tipped the ball to Nelson for an interception.
But he played only one more game, finishing the season with just 93 defensive snaps and seven tackles. In 53 snaps of coverage http://www.texansauthorizedshops.com/au ... tee-jersey , Conley allowed just four catches for 35 yards, according to SportRadar.
”I feel like I played all right but I feel like I could play way better watching film,” Conley said. ”I had a couple of good plays but I had a lot of bad plays, too.”
Conley tried to work his way back by taking time off practice but never completely healed and eventually needed season-ending surgery.
He was limited at the start of the offseason program this year but is now back to full speed and showing the Raiders why he was so coveted coming out of college.
”It’s been a dark world that he’s been in, this young man,” coach Jon Gruden said. ”He had a terrible injury he had to rehab from. He’s had to change coaches, learn a new system. It’s been a slow http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/a ... ver-jersey , steady process but man he’s a good player. When he’s feeling good, you can see why we picked him No. 1.”
NOTES: Rookie T Brandon Parker and DL Fadol Brown got into a fight during a two-minute drill late in practice and Gruden sent Brown off the field and to the weight room. ”I didn’t like what happened today, particularly in the situation. … We’re in a two-minute drill to win the game and we got a guy ejected for fighting,” Gruden said. … S Marcus Gilchrist sat out with a minor calf injury.
The Boston Bruins won, then got the break they needed to remain in contention for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
David Pastrnak and Tommy Wingels scored 51 seconds apart in the second period and Boston beat Ottawa 5-2 on Saturday night, a win that preserved Bruins’ chances for the No. 1 seed with an overtime loss by Tampa Bay.
”It’s been a battle all year. It’s been a grind, but we’re in that position JK Scott Color Rush Jersey ,” said Patrice Bergeron, who assisted on Pastrnak’s tying goal 8:08 into the second period.
The Bruins host Florida on Sunday night in a game postponed by a winter storm Jan. 4. Boston is one point behind Tampa Bay, which lost in overtime at Carolina, for the top spot in the East and the Atlantic Division.
Danton Heinen also scored for Boston, which added late goals by Noel Acciari and David Backes in the final two minutes to put away the Senators and complete the season sweep.
Anton Khudobin stopped 26 shots for the Bruins.
”We have a chance to move into first. That’s what we all can ask for – to have a chance,” Boston captain Zdeno Chara said. ”It’s in our hands tomorrow.”
Ryan Dzingel scored both goals for Ottawa and Colin White had two assists. Daniel Taylor made 29 saves for the Senators, who finished 28-43-11 one year after reaching the Eastern Conference finals.
The Senators closed out the season with back-to-back games on the road against two of the top teams in the East. After getting shut out 4-0 at Pittsburgh on Friday night Alex Wood Los Angeles Dodgers Jersey , Ottawa didn’t concede anything against the Bruins.
”We’ve got a lot of young guys and some big names missing. It could have been easy yesterday or today to come up with a poor effort or a lack of commitment,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. ”We were making some mental mistakes and stuff but I think the effort was there from the beginning until the end.”
After falling behind 1-0 on Dzingel’s goal 12:31 into the game, Boston tied it on Pastrnak’s power-play goal 8:08 into the second period. The tie lasted less than a minute before Wingels fired a wrist shot that Taylor got his glove on but couldn’t hold and the puck bounced over the goal line at 8:59 of the second.
Heinen made a steal at the Boston blue line and took it the other way, beating Taylor on a wrist shot with 2:59 left in the second.
Dzingel pulled Ottawa to 3-2 at 7:07 of the third with his second goal of the game, but Acciari added an insurance goal for Boston with 1:51 left and David Backes scored on an empty net with 43 seconds left to play.
”I thought today we got better as the game went on and we really started playing our game, our style, our system and it showed on the scoreboard Hector Rondon Houston Astros Jersey ,” Bergeron said. ”We’re in a position where we can win the conference. It’s a big feat.”
NOTES: Senators D Erik Karlsson missed his third straight game, remaining at home with his wife after the couple’s first son was stillborn last month. … Bruins LW Tim Schaller and RW David Pastrnak are the only Boston players to have played in the first 81 games. … Bruins LW Rick Nash missed his 11th straight game with an upper-body injury. … After entering the season on a six-game winless streak against Ottawa, Boston swept all four games.
Senators: End of regular season.
Bruins: Wrap up the regular season Sunday night at home against the Panthers.