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TE Charles Clay - Miami Dolphins

6-3, 245Born: 2-12-1989College: TulsaDrafted: Round 6

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Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Clay might not get back to TE1 levels he occupied at times last year, but he's healthy now, and so is the Dolphins offense. If you are looking to cover a Vernon Davis bye or just want to stream a high upside option this week, Clay qualifies against the Jaguars.

General News (Wed Oct 22): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 8: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ryan Tannehill threw 25/32 for 277 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions in the hostile environs of Soldier Field last week. He relied on his usual array of targets - Charles Clay (five targets for 4/58/1 receiving), Mike Wallace (eight for 5/46/1), Jarvis Landry (five for 4/46/0) and Brian Hartline (three for 3/35/0). Tannehill is getting the job done heading into Week 8, though the team's spread-it-around philosophy is keeping any of Tannehill's usual targets from becoming an elite fantasy option. The Jaguars' pass D is ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 280.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given up vs. just two interceptions (next-to-last in the NFL). The Jaguars do have a pass rush this year with 22 sacks recorded to date (second in the NFL) - they bring pressure to bear up front but the secondary isn't making things happen on the back end. Brian Hoyer struggled in the face of their rush last weekend, with 16/41 for 197 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown (with three sacks taken for -18 yards). Charlie Whitehurst was also sacked three times for -18 yards two games back while throwing 17/28 for 220 net yards passing with zero TDs or sacks). Though the Jaguars' pass D has improved of late, they are still suspect against better teams - advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at OAK 2 32 0 0
6 vs GB 3 35 0 0
7 at CHI 4 58 1 0
8 at JAX PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
8 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
8 at JAX PROJ-Bloom 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs GB (5 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay came out of Miami's bye looking a little more spry and healthy, but it didn't translate to a bigger game in the box score. Clay's 35 yards were still a season-high, and he's not being targeted in the red zone as much as he was in 2014. It's possible Clay's knee injury that forced him to miss almost the entirety of the preseason was more serious than anyone let on, and it's taken a full month plus into the season to finally get healthy. Compared to last season's first five games, Clay is averaging about one target fewer this season. However, where he hasn't cleared 40 yards once this season, he had 40+ yards in each of the first five games last season en-route to averaging nearly 60 yards/game, adding in three touchdowns. And whereas he had a 20+ yard catch in four of his first five last year, he's only had one total this season. So, the injury has clearly sapped Clay of some of the big-play-ability he flashed in 2013. He's been running shorter routes, and whether that's by design of the offense or Lazor knowing some of his physical limitations early on this season, Clay is a shaky TE2 for now. Until the Miami offense starts showing some more consistency or Lazor decides it's time to unleash a fully healthy (will he be this season?) Clay, he may not even be rosterable during the bye week crunch.

2014 Week 7 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 58 / 1 rec)

Clay had his best game of the season on Sunday, recording highs in targets, catches, yards, and scoring his first touchdown of the year. Many had been calling for an uptick in usage of the tight end, and it finally looks like he's healthy enough to provide some play-making from the TE position. With Lance Briggs and Jon Bostic out for the Bears, the Chicago LBs were an easy target for Tannehill and Clay. From Miami's first scoring drive, it was evident they were going to attack that weak spot for the Bears. First, Tannehill found Clay on a deep corner route up the right sideline for 25 yards. Then, once in the red-zone, Clay lined up in-line on the left and Tannehill found him again on the corner route for six points. D.J. Williams and Shea McClellan were late getting over and McClellan stumbled, allowing for a simple pitch and catch. Of course, Clay only caught two more balls for 20 yards on the afternoon, but the Dolphins were nursing a sizable lead. It's a promising sign though, as Clay was more of a big play option than anyone on the Miami roster last season. Additionally, while Tannehill's deep accuracy still a question mark, he can throw a very good seam or corner route, which may allow Clay to do more damage with fewer catches and targets. That's not a great recipe for fantasy consistency, but Clay may be working his way back into the tight end conversation in what's been a brutal year for the TE.


Latest News

Dolphins | Charles Clay limited in practice (Thu Oct 23, 06:08 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Dolphins | Charles Clay limited (Wed Oct 22, 05:44 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Our View: Clay might be able to practice fully later in the week. Keep an eye on his practice status in deeper leagues.
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Dolphins | Probable status for Charles Clay (Fri Oct 17, 05:17 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Oct. 17, but is probable for Week 7 against the Chicago Bears.

Our View: Clay was a help for fantasy teams last year, but a better running game and the emergence of Jarvis Landry have combined with an early knee issue to keep Clay grounded this year.
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Dolphins | Charles Clay limited in practice (Thu Oct 16, 06:29 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited for the second straight day in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Dolphins | Wednesday's practice report (Wed Oct 15, 11:35 PM) - Miami Dolphins OT Branden Albert (elbow), TE Charles Clay (knee), LS John Denney (knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (neck), WR Brandon Gibson (hamstring), LB Koa Misi (ankle), C Samson Satele (hamstring), OG Shelley Smith (knee) and LB Philip Wheeler (shoulder, thumb) were listed as limited participants in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15. FS Louis Delmas (elbow) and OG Dallas Thomas (shoulder) were full participants, while FS Jimmy Wilson (undisclosed) was unable to practice.

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