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TE Charles Clay - Buffalo Bills

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

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2016 Week 17 vs NYJ (7 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay ended the season as he played it all year, with an adequate game that would have been real good if his QB's passes were more accurate. While Tyrod Taylor has had problems syncing up with Clay in previous games, E.J. Manuel was terrible at getting the ball to him. Multiple plays had Clay open but poor Manuel throws hit the dirt. The worst offender was when Clay was wide open to walk into the endzone on 3rd and 13 but the terrible Manuel pass was impossible to catch. With a lot of turnover in the Bills' WR corps upcoming, Clay will remain and should be a primary target for whatever QB takes over next season.

2016 Week 16 vs MIA (10 / 8 / 85 / 2 rec)

Charles Clay had his best game this season against the Dolphins and it could have been even better. Every time he had the ball, which was often, he was difficult to take down. His first TD reception had two defenders collide into Clay with both of them falling down but Clay remaining standing. He was able to walk into the endzone after taking two hard simultaneous hits. Clay caught another TD falling to the ground for a late score but the Bills were unable to take advantage. Clay also received two other endzone targets that were almost touchdowns; on one he didn't drag his second foot inbounds, on the other he was very clearly interfered with. This was the Charles Clay that the Bills gave big money to.

2016 Week 14 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 52 / 1 rec)

Charles Clay had one of (if not) his best games of the season. He did his job and caught the passes directed towards him (with the exception of a tipped pass that he still should have caught). Clay later had a 26 yard completion wiped out by a teammate's illegal shift. But Clay's best play of the night was his TD catch-and-run where he took two hard hits standing up and raced his way into the endzone. Clay is another player on this team who is restrained by the limits of the Bills' passing game.

2016 Week 12 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay tied for most targets on the Bills but could only do so much with some errant Taylor throws. Clay was able to catch and extend to convert a late 3rd down but the rest of the game had throws behind him and just out of his reach. Clay has been a disappointing player this season; he's been steady but has not taken over games. That trend looks to continue.

2016 Week 11 vs CIN (7 / 5 / 23 / 0 rec)

After seeing opposing tight ends abuse Cincinnati's linebackers, many were hoping for a break-out performance by Clay. Clay, however, was only targeted on short crossing routes and on sideline routes against zone coverage. Clay received one end zone target, but that target sailed through his hands on a 2nd-and-goal play in the third quarter. Taylor could have taken some heat off the throw, but Clay must come down with that catch. Buffalo settled for a field goal.

2016 Week 9 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay was insignificant for yet another week. He is not a target in this offense.

2016 Week 8 vs NE (6 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay was hurt trying to catch a ball after beating two defenders on his route. Clay did come back later and beat his man in the endzone but a poor Taylor throw erased any chance at a TD. Assuming that he was not seriously injured, Clay is still not going to put up big plays unless LeSean McCoy can come back and jumpstart this offense.

2016 Week 7 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

If LeSean McCoy misses more time, Charles Clay is the only remaining good skill player on the Bills. He caught a few balls against Miami including one decent gain that was called back. With his talent compared to the rest of the uninjured receivers, the passing game should run through Clay. However, the play calling hasn't always looked in his direction.

2016 Week 6 vs SF (7 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay continued his decent season against the 49ers. With a team-high 7 targets, Clay was able to make a few plays after the catch including one 3rd down conversion when he sped to the edge. Clay will continue to be a steady force on this offense, assuming the ankle injury that forced him from the game is not a long-term issue.

2016 Week 5 vs LA (5 / 5 / 73 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay ended the day with the lion's share of the Bills' receiving yards, bringing in 73 of 124 total. He was able to get open, make defenders miss, and pick up some extra yardage. His one negative mark on the day was a play where he ran his route just inches short of the first down marker and his reception did not result in a conversion. However, this was a small thing in an otherwise good day. With Sammy Watkins out, Clay is the Bills' best receiver. But that may not mean much when the passing game sputters along like it has.

2016 Week 4 vs NE (7 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay maintained his quiet season so far, playing well but not in a very impactful way. He gets open with his route running and can make sideline catches but is not being used a strong weapon in this new offense. Clay did see the second most targets on the team so it is possible that big weeks are in his future but he is not an inspiring player at the moment.

2016 Week 3 vs ARI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In the first game with a new OC, Charles Clay only had two targets. Clay is a decent player but if he is not involved next week he may not be relevant in this new offense.

2016 Week 2 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay had the most targets of the game but did not do a lot with them. They were mostly short yardage plays and were not followed up with a lot of yards after the catch. Clay is still the second best WR/TE that the Bills have but he was not used to do damage downfield.

2016 Week 1 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay was part of two highlight-reel plays but had a small game beyond them. In a play that may be in the "end-of-the-year highlight package" for the Bills, Tyrod Taylor escaped a sack and found Clay open in the middle of the field. Clay caught the ball, stepped out of a leg tackle, spun off of a body tackle, and almost made it through a third defender into the endzone. It showcased just how hard the TE is to tackle. Later in the game, Clay managed to steal an interception from a breaking corner but was unable to convert. Clay will only get his targets after Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy get theirs.


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