Gareon Conley will likely play his first game as a Texan this Sunday.
It'll be against the team he suited up for just days ago.
“I think he’ll definitely have a chance to play in this game,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday. “Relative to knowing the Raiders, obviously, he just came here from there and he’s got really good knowledge of them. At the end of the day, it really has to do with the game plans and the teams. It’s not really about one guy’s knowledge of the team. It’s just about the game plan and how the players play and how the coaches coach.”
Houston traded for the former Raiders cornerback this week after a number of injuries in the secondary. Johnathan Joseph and Bradley Roby were both questionable heading into Week 7 at Indianapolis. Phillip Gaines, signed as a free agent on Sept. 11, was placed on season-ending IR this week after seeing action in six games.
Conley, a 2017 first-round pick (24th overall) out of Ohio State, arrived on Tuesday night and practiced with the team on Wednesday. The Texans studied Conley during the draft process and liked his athleticism, size and ability to cover man-to-man, according to O’Brien. With veterans in the secondary, Houston hopes that Conley can develop into a key contributor.
“He’s still a young player, I think 24 years old, and he’s under contract for another couple of years so I think we still got a young player there that’s developing and still improving,” O’Brien said. “So anytime he comes into a room with Johnathan Joseph, the guys we have in the room at that position, I think that does help.”
Conley started all six games for the Raiders this year and recorded 33 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed. He will wear No. 22 for the Texans.
The Texans will host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 3:25 p.m. CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.
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