Chiefs rookie WR Conley runs with the first team for a day
The Chiefs want their rookie receiver out of Georgia to be a starter one day.
That day could come sooner than they anticipated, though. According to ESPN, Chris Conley took snaps with the starters after injuries held Jeremy Maclin and Albert Wilson out of minicamp.
The third-round receiver bypassed more veteran options like Da'Rick Rogers and the Junior Hemingway for snaps. And he certainly sounded thankful for the chance.
"Every rep I get to take with the (starters) is important because either I'm showing the potential of what I can be," he told ESPN. "You're getting your shot with the guys who are playing in the games on Sundays, so those reps are extremely important."
It's not the first time head coach Andy Reid has shuffled around starters to take stock in his roster. Still, Reid could call on Conley to provide some big plays that were noticeably lacking out wide last season.
You won't hear quarterback Alex Smith complain if his rookie receiver cracks the starting lineup.
"What jumps off the tape are kind of the physical skills right away," Smith said. "His running, jumping and catching is impressive and he's a really good kid and he comes to work every single day and I think that's the biggest thing for him because certainly the physical tools are all there."
For now, it's just an audition. Later on, Conley could be the target Smith needs to take Kansas City's passing offense to a new level.