Texans WR Chris Conley says the Jaguars are a different team

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It can be argued no one on the Houston Texans’ roster has seen more of the Jacksonville Jaguars on the inside than receiver Chris Conley.

The former Kansas City Chiefs 2015 third-round pick spent 2019-20 with the Jaguars. In his 31 games, 18 of which he started, Conley caught 87 passes for 1,246 yards and seven touchdowns.

That was with Doug Marrone as the coach and a quartet of Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew, Mike Glennon, and Jake Luton throwing the football. The Jaguars now have Urban Meyer on the sidelines and rookie Trevor Lawrence under center.

Conley says Jacksonville is a new team, but that is also part of the annual changes in the NFL.

“I think every team every year is a new team regardless of coaching staff and player changes,” Conley said. “You see how the team is different here this year. You see how we’ve had coaching staff and personnel changes. The Jags will definitely be a different team. They have some core players that they return, but every year a team has a new identity.”

D.J. Chark is a core player at receiver that will give Lawrence a playmaking target. The Jaguars also have second-year running back James Robinson in the backfield, and defensive end Josh Allen is a threat to come off the edge.

Conley isn’t going about the halls of NRG Stadium hawking his insights into the Jaguars; the 28-year-old is trusting the coaches.

Said Conley: “If they ask me questions, I’ll do my best to answer them, but at the end of the day, that’s the reason why they’re coaches. They’ve been scouting this whole time. They’ve been watching every rep that they’ve had. If there’s anything I can shed light on, I’ll try to do that. I feel like they have a solid plan in place already, and I’ll just do whatever I can to help and be ready to play.”

The Texans are counting on Conley to provide a deep threat for new starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor as rookie coach David Culley seeks his first career win.