2019 Oakland Raiders position group preview: Cornerbacks
Gareon Conley wasn’t the only player in the secondary to have a strong second half of the season. Daryl Worley was right there with him relatively. The same question arises for him as it did for Conley. Can he ride this momentum into the 2019 season? The competition at cornerback is going to be heavy when training camp arrives.
As of now I’d say Worley is a shoe in to start alongside Conley, but I wouldn’t hold my breathe come Week 1.
Rookie Trayvon Mullen is sure to push Worley for that spot, which is to the benefit of the Raiders. Just like how Worley believes he and Conley can rival the Oakland Raiders all time best cornerbacks. That type of mindset leads to a strong work ethic. Whoever they deem is better between the two will have worked tremendously hard and demonstrated they are the better talent. How that battle plays out will be interesting.
Worley is no slouch, so don’t be shocked if he is the week one starter. It’s not like his technique is bad. He does have sharp feet and awareness to run with most receivers.
Plus, this coaching staff does tend to favor the veterans after all. For once, the Raiders may have two quality cornerbacks when the regular season kicks off. And I say “may” because of the hope and hype that is always driven leading up to training camp every offseason, which eventually turns into disappoint. Regardless, I see no reason to not expect Worley to continue his strong play as he is an underrated asset to the secondary.