The Jets didn't wait long to fill the void left by the departure of Laveranues Coles. They signed former Charger and Bear Curtis Conway to a three year contract for much less money than Coles.
And while Coles is younger, there is not much difference talent-wise between these two players.
This could turn out to be a great move for the Jets. He was a big-time prospect coming out USC. While you could make the argument he never has realized his potential, remember he has been on a string of bad teams, and he's never played with a top shelf quarterback. Actually, he has never played with the same starting quarterback two years in a row.
Conway is excited about the opportunity to play with a quarterback like Chad Pennington.
"He's not going to be good, he's going to be great," said Conway.
Even with the constant change that hasn't allowed him to get into a flow, he's still had a pretty good career. He's coming off two good seasons. Despite missing three games last year, he finished with 57 catches playing with an inexperienced first year starter at quarterback in Drew Brees. Two years ago he had a 71 catches and six touchdowns.
When Conway came into the league he was a 4.4 forty guy, but at 32 some wonder if he has lost a step. Even if he did, he still a 4.5 forty guy, which is still good enough.
"I can still run with the young guys," said Conway.
The 6-1 Conway adds some much needed size to the Jets undersized receiving corps. He's also a good fit for the West Coast offense, a system he played under for five years with the Bears.
"I'm excited to get back into [the West Coast offense]," said Conway.
After his introductory press conference, Conway was asked questions about how tough it would be to replace Laveranues Coles. Why is Coles being made into Jerry Rice after one standout season? Those questions are actually insulting to Conway, who is a very good receiver in his own right. Remember we are talking about the seventh pick overall in the 1993 draft. He could turn out to be one of the steals of free agency. The Jets should be fine at wideout with Wayne Chrebet, Santana Moss and Conway.
And Conway came to the Jets for the right reasons. It wasn't about money. After so many losing seasons, he just wants a chance to compete to play on the final Sunday of the season.
"More so than anything, this is a chance to compete for a championship," said Conway.
Not much difference between Coles & Conway
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