Conley Working The Mental Side In Rookie Camp

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Receivers coach David Culley speaks with his receivers during practice at the Chiefs rookie mini-camp

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Visually, Chiefs third-round draft choice Chris Conley is an impressive young man. The wide receiver out of the University of Georgia looks like an NFL pass catcher, at least the current incarnation of the position. He stands 6-3, weighs 205 pounds and much of that weight is chiseled into muscle.

Conley can run fast, jump high and battle for every ball thrown in his area. He’s shown that several times during the Chiefs weekend rookie mini-camp where he’s been the best of what appeared to be a nice group of young wide receivers. Conley, along with seventh-round draft choice Da’Ron Brown, undrafted college free agent Kenny Cook and tryout player Mark Roberts all made notable catches.

The Georgia native is the leader of that group and while he’s done nice things on the field, Conley has worked hardest in the meeting room and at the hotel every night, absorbing the extensive offensive playbook of Andy Reid.

“Initially when you look at it and the totality of it, it can be overwhelming,” Conley said of the Reid playbook. “It’s similar to some of the stuff we ran in college; we ran a pro-style offense.

“(But) you have to really slow things down and kind of marinate different concepts for a couple days.”

Conley has been approaching his work understanding the Chiefs offense in the same manner he went about studying for classes at Georgia, where he graduated in December with a degree in journalism and he was honored for academic excellence by both the Southeastern Conference and the N.C.A.A. That’s where he learned his study approach of breaking down the subject into small pieces, understand each piece, then putting them back together to learn how they fit and function.

The class that forced Conley to adopt that method was a political science class he took as a freshman at Georgia. “I didn’t have the easiest teacher and it was a learning experience for me,” Conley said. “I made my first B in that class. For a while I thought it was going to be a C. It was difficult; you had to re-learn some things and remake some study habits.

“It’s really what you have to do when you’re a professional athlete. You have to re-learn some of your habits. You have to create new ones and you have to see what works for you.”

Reid wants his receivers to learn the basics of all positions, whether it’s outside or working inside in the slot. That makes the start-up process of learning tougher for the rookies.

“My job is to learn the offense; that’s what I’ve been told,” said Conley. “I’ve been told to learn the offense conceptually. I don’t know where it is I’ll be playing this season; I’ll probably move around a lot. Coach (David) Culley told me ‘learn the concepts, learn the offense, be able to help and contribute.’

“You have to take the time and put the effort in to learn it.”

8 Responses to “Conley Working The Mental Side In Rookie Camp”

  • May 17, 2015  - el cid says:

    Since this is the first time Dorsey has stuck a toe into the college WR pool, I am expecting big things. The first draft worthy WR our scouts could convince manage was worth selecting….. should be something.

    Good for this kid.

  • May 17, 2015  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Conley, at this point in his life is smarter than I was at his age. It is not that favorite, jolly old guy, that you love as a teacher that is teaching you anything.

    It’s the hard ass. The bitchy old guy/old woman who could care less if you like them. You will learn. Or else.

    I still don’t think these prima donnas understand.

    I spent 22 years in the Navy/Air Force. There were days, and nights, somebody was trying to kill me.

    Worse, and more scary, was 15 years in the Post Office.

    And these kids will start off making twenty times what I made. But God Speed…as long as you are a Chief.

  • May 18, 2015  - ChuckXX says:

    Although his stats won’t blow anyone away I wish him the best.

  • May 18, 2015  - el cid says:

    Sorry guys but I am so old, wish everyone of these kids the best whether a Chief or not.

    Went to granddaughters dance recital last Sat. There were over 190 little girls out there in costumes, dancing their hearts out. Kept thinking hope they all become great dancers or whatever…..I am getting to damned old for almost everything,

  • May 18, 2015  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Oh, cid, get a grip. All you need is a nap. You have granddaughters! I know. I’m about to go take a nap now.

    8:30 tonight. Championship game in 12 and under league. My 10 and 9 year old granddaughters. The 10 year old is the tallest player in the league. And plays tall.

    But her little sister, not by much, has twice the speed and intensity. Won the semi final game by 49 to 0. Could not send in the subs. We only had five players. And who would ever tell your players to lighten up? The 10 year old averaged 13 blocks per game. The 9 year old averaged 21 points per game.

    cid, I remember when 8:30 was the time I went out. Now I’m leaving to take a nap so I can stay up that late. Hope you are already there. Night.

  • May 18, 2015  - mick turner says:

    Are you doing OK ?

  • May 18, 2015  - FlintTipFan says:

    I am liking this kid already.

  • May 18, 2015  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I’m with you Flint. Here’s hoping he has a big impact and gives us a lot to cheer about.

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