WR CHRIS CONLEY
With so many changes in the team over the past year, how do you feel?
“I’m extremely excited. I can’t wait to get back there, obviously a new team, a new attack, a lot of moving parts. But we’ve done a lot of work and hopefully a lot of positive changes, and we We’re ready to see what it looks like on the pitch against another opponent.”
Is there a bit of a balance between all these novelties that you mentioned? You have a lot of returning guys, especially in the wide reception room who will help you.
“Yeah, I think having the same guys that you work with to provide that kind of consistency, we have great chemistry. The guys get along really well. We know how to push each other, and we also know how to work with I think the change of Xs and O’s is positive for us, but continuing to have that consistency and knowing how to communicate with each other, how to communicate what we’re seeing on the pitch and what adjustments need to be made, I think having him for another year is a very good thing for us.”
What do you like the most about the schema change?
“You know a lot of things are different. The terminology is different. Our mentality on how we’re going to attack defenses is a bit different. I’m all for the new take. I think Pep (Hamilton) has really jumpstarted a lot of guys minds and how they view the game and how we can affect defenses, how we can score points and then really getting back to the point that shows us what you can do in camp , everyone has the opportunity to go out there and prove they can play, and that’s refreshing for the guys.”
How are you building the off-season working with a new coordinator? How do you see him being able to use that with you specifically?
“You know a lot of the stuff that Pep (Hamilton) has worked on is a bit more in the west coast (attacking) tree than what I learned when I came to the league, so there’s a lot but also playing inside and outside is knowing how the defensive triangle, your safety, your backer or your nickel and your corner and just being able to read it from a point of view different and knowing how to assign let’s say a backer instead of a corner when you go off the line. So there’s a bit of nuance to that, but it’s not necessarily the first time I’ve done that. I’ve kind of played indoors and outdoors everywhere i went so this is just another iteration of that and still trying to get better just do what they need me to .”
Thinking about how it affects defence, can you also sense how you might affect your teammate there?
“Yeah, I think we have a good group of veterans, guys who often understand what the defense is doing, sometimes even before revealing what coverage they’re playing. I think we try to improve each other. When it’s a game and we see coverage that may not necessarily be good for the route we’re traveling but we know we can affect it for someone else to open I think that’s kind of the level we’re at now. Guys work with each other not necessarily to win the ball themselves, but to help the attack as a whole.
What are the biggest areas you’ve seen QB Davis Mills’ game develop here at the start of Year 2?
“I’ve seen quite a few things, actually. But one of the things that really caught my eye when we came out, I noticed in the OTAs and even more in our first week of camp. practice is that he was really sliding the ball with confidence. He wasn’t really putting the ball up there. I know a lot of you guys have been up there at practices, and he has been on a lot of seam roads, he’s been on tee roads and like a cover hole two where you can’t really put the ball down, where you have to be confident, you have to kind of drive it on a line, and you can’t really hang on or guess. It’s been impressive to me, the belief that he’s been able to go out there and somehow – even in a new plan, command the offense.”
Have you had occasion to contact WR John Metchie III. What is he going through in this situation?
“Yeah, I did, and the cool thing about Metch (John Metchie III) is that he’s also an extremely positive person and has a great personality. I think that’s the “one of the things that in the reception hall, we had a chance to get to know him. He may be a person who is publicly very quiet, but he has a very big heart and a big personality, and I reached out to him and said we’ll walk with him and pray for him, and he sent me back a really funny picture of a really out of shape guy doing push-ups, and he said, ‘ oh, you know, fam, we got that.’ His head and heart are definitely in the right place, and we’re here for him.”
When you add a guy like WR Phillip Dorsett at the end of the season last year, how does he help the offense?
“You add another veteran to the mix, but you also add a veteran who can run 23 miles per hour, not everyone can do that. We have speed in our room with Brandin (Cooks) and him, but adding another guy like that is good. Phillip (Dorsett) has been around. He played ball a lot. Those comments I made about guys being able to see and affect defense to communicate effectively, Phillip falls right in there. But you can’t teach speed. The fact that we have guys who can really stretch a defense like that, it really helps us.
What stood out to you about playing against DB Derek Stingley Jr. and DB Jalen Pitre in camp?
“You know, I think their confidence is one thing. When you come on as a rookie there are a lot of questions. A lot of things jump out at you. But they were able to take what little information they have and go out there and play with confidence, like the role they were playing was their role, like they owned it. Like (Jalen) Pitre when he came out, he played like he was the starting keeper here for years, confidence is something that has caught our attention, and he’s been flying all over the place and he’s made a lot of plays. The same goes for (Derek) Stingley. He’s played with a lot of confidence. He’s very , very athletically gifted, but he’s also curious. He asks a lot of questions, and you can tell when he gets an answer and he picks up something, he’s on it. So he played extremely well. ‘Fighting every day, it’s going to be something special.”
Can you tell us about what you see from secondary school as a whole, compared to what you faced last year in training?
“Yeah, I see a lot of guys who are gifted like young guys like (Jalen) Pitre and (Derek) Stingley. I see a veteran in Steven Nelson who is savvy, a very savvy vet. I played with Steve (Nelson ) a long time ago, I played him a number of times, and he’s a guy you can’t give no signs, no indicators because he’ll lead the way for you. that kind of sixth sense on the outside and that ability to play, that makes us better. Then the safeties could affect the game in the run and the pass. I’m delighted to see them play.
DB Derek Stingley Jr. Does he ask you questions or is that what you observe from him?
“No, I think he’s not afraid to ask questions. He asked me a number of questions after practice. He pulled me to the side and asked me what was going on. He did the same thing with Brandin Cooks, pretty sure he did it with Davis (Mills), because he wants as much information as he can get, and when you take someone “One who is willing to learn like that and then you add the athletic ability that I’m sure everyone in this room knows he has, that could be a dangerous combination, and we’re excited to see that.”