Delving Into the Conley Trade

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When the Oakland Raiders traded Gareon Conley away, questions abound. As a result, here are the answers. With ten games left, and a reasonable shot at the playoffs, the Raiders look to improve their chances by trading whao they feel, is an expendable player.

Why trade him?

To hear Jon Gruden say it, the Raiders wanted to go younger and get Trayvon Mullen and Keisean Nixon snaps. Gruden went on to say veteran Nevin Lawson would get snaps at the corner spot vacated by Gareon Conley’s departure.

The performance Conley put on tape at Green Bay wasn’t flattering, by any means. Once considered a shutdown corner in Oakland, Conley’s inability to be an aggressive and sure tackler hurt his cause.

What went wrong?

I’ll let Jon Gruden have this one:

“We got beat bad on first play of 2nd half on man-to-man coverage, we didn’t play the route very well. We got to eliminate the explosive plays. Followed by “We just cannot give up big chunk plays,” Gruden said during Monday’s presser.

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The corner on that big-play pass in the third quarter?

You guessed it, Gareon Conley.

Conley’s promise evaporated in Oakland. Be it coaching, player or the scheme, Con Air is now Houston-bound.

What Next?

See if the Raiders made a sound investment in second-round rookie Trayvon Mullen. The Clemson product gambled against Denver — going for a pick — and his snaps have dwindled.

Mullen had zero snaps in the loss to Green Bay this past Sunday and played only 13 snaps the two weeks prior.

Options

Nixon, on the other hand, is a core special teamer with only 7 defensive snaps (all in Week 2). Lawson, the veteran, is a short tenacious corner but has zero career picks in the league.

Perhaps, the Raiders add a corner via trade…

Anyway you view this, Jon Gruden and the Raiders cut bait, in the middle of a season. That should sound the alarm that the team has no qualms about shipping talent.

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