For the first time in 76 days, Gareon Conley — the Oakland Raiders top pick in April’s NFL draft — took part in practice.
While Conley, who was a limited participant, didn’t speak to the media at the team’s headquarters in Alameda, team leader Derek Carr did.
“I think he’s going to be really good. I really do. Obviously he’s going to take his rookie bumps. Obviously we don’t want too many,” Carr said with a laugh. “But he’s going to be a very good football player. I truly believe it.”
Conley spent all of training camp and the first three games of the preseason on the physically unable to perform list due to a shin injury.
The cornerback’s status remains uncertain for the preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night, but he’s expected to play in the season opener on Sept. 10 against the Tennessee Titans, per NFL Network.
The time Carr thought he got traded
Carr won’t play in the Raiders’ final preseason tuneup. But, the game matters to him, because in 2014 the quarterback used Week 4 to vault past Matt Schaub for the starting job.
Carr remembers getting called into the office of then head coach Dennis Allen thinking he’d been shipped out.
“When I drove there, I thought I was traded,” Carr said. “I really thought like, ‘Hey, I played well. Somebody wanted me.’
“And then I showed up. He told me that day that I was going to be the starter. Asked me if I was ready. I said, ‘Yeah I’m ready.’”
Stafford passes Carr
The Raiders quarterback isn’t losing any sleep over Matthew Stafford surpassing him as the owner of the richest contract in the NFL, which became official Monday.
“I’m happy for him,” Carr said of the Lions QB who inked a $135 million deal. “He’s a good dude and I love talking to him. And my reaction to it was, ‘Congratulations.’”
Carr on Harvey
Asked about Hurricane Harvey, Carr praised the efforts of those who have helped.
“I see people that are close in nearby cities bringing their boats out and trying to save people and those things, which is how it’s supposed to be,” Carr said. “That’s love. That’s this country and what it’s supposed to look like.”
The QB is personally familiar with the Houston area, as his family moved to Texas in 2002, when his older brother, David, was the top pick of the Houston Texans.