TE Charles Clay - Buffalo Bills
|6-3, 245||Born: 2-12-1989||College: Tulsa||Drafted: Round 6|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): Tyrod Taylor has a #1 receiver, but he's not a wide receiver. Charles Clay had a long touchdown called back on top of an already huge day against the Giants. Consider him a strong TE1 going into Tennessee this week.
General News (Fri Oct 9): partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this week.
General News (Thu Oct 8): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
Week 5: at Tennessee Titans
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Tyrod Taylor had a TD pass to Charles Clay called back on a chop block last week - he would have had a much better day but for the ruinous penalty (28/42 for 274 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown), though 274 yards passing and a score is nothing to complain about (but fantasy owners still will!). Clay ran up 13 targets for 9/111/0 receiving on the day with Sammy Watkins out due to a calf injury. Bills general manager Doug Whaley said on Tuesday that Watkins' calf injury is not a 'long-term' concern. 'Everything points to that it's not that severe. We're hoping to see how he responds this week. We have our fingers crossed that he may be in this week.' Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for Week Five to see if Watkins is able to practice this week. In his absence last week, Percy Harvin (eight targets for 3/26/0 receiving), Chris Hogan (five for 5/43/0) and Robert Woods (five for 3/33/0) formed a low-octane committee of wide receivers for Taylor, who is currently making a silk purse out of a sow's ear with Watkins out. The Colts posted 18/30 for 245 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown vs. Tennessee in Week Three, after the Browns and Johnny Manziel garnered 8/15 yielding 172 passing yards for two TDs and zero interceptions back in Week Two. After 1/4 of the regular season (but only three games for the Titans, who were on bye last week), Tennessee ranks sixth in the NFL averaging 194.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with six passing scores given up vs. four interceptions and nine sacks (tied for ninth in the NFL in both categories) generated to date. This looks like a tough matchup for Taylor and his second-stringers at wide receiver.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 4 vs NYG (13 / 9 / 111 / 0 rec)
This was Clay's biggest game of the season. It was evident throughout the game that Clay was both the most talented and the most trusted player running routes for the Bills. Clay started the day off poorly, bobbling a pass and letting a defender snatch the football out of his hands for Tyrod Taylor's one interception on the day. Later, he pushed off on a defender to make a third down catch and was called for offensive pass interference. However, Clay settled down as the game went on. He made catches while tightly covered and while wide open as the result of good route running. When the Bills needed to convert a fourth and five, they turned to Clay. He also caught a TD pass late in the game but it was called back as the result of an unnecessary chop block by a member of the offensive line. Clay is going to receive a comfortable amount of targets in every Bills' game this season, especially when they are behind.
2015 Week 3 vs MIA (7 / 5 / 82 / 1 rec)
Clay embarrassed the Dolphins on two different plays. Clay caught the ball more than 20 yards from the endzone with a defender directly in between Clay and his target. After a little wiggle of Clay's hips, there was no longer a defender between Clay and the start of what would become a rout. Near the end of the 1st half, as the Bills were driving down the field, Clay took a hard step to the left before cutting to the right and the 1st down. The Dolphins' linebacker completely whiffed before recovering and tackling Clay. Clay is an integral part of this offense and will continue to put up decent numbers every week both because of talent and scheme.
2015 Week 2 vs NE (5 / 3 / 19 / 1 rec)
Clay was part of two memorable plays. He tipped a (too high) pass into a defender for a diving interception. However, he later redeemed himself by becoming wide open for a TD when Taylor was rolling out.
2015 Week 1 vs IND (4 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Clay had a relatively quiet game marred by a few mistakes. His first reception was called back from an iffy chop block call on himself. Clay's big 26 yard reception involved him fumbling at the end of the play but luckily he was able to fall back on the ball to recover. The Bills will be expecting more from their well-paid tight end, look for his participation to increase as the Bills get more comfortable with expanding Taylor's game plan.
Latest NewsBills | Charles Clay, Percy Harvin will play (Fri Oct 9, 06:00 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (calf) and WR Percy Harvin (hip) are both listed as probable for Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans. Clay was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 9, while Harvin was a full participant. Our View: Against the Titans on Sunday, we think Clay could finish the day as a top-5 fantasy tight end. There's no Sammy Watkins in this game, and that could lead to more targets for Clay. Harvin could see better coverage without Watkins on the field. He's a WR3/flex play in Week 5.
Bills | Charles Clay has game-high 111 yards (Sun Oct 4, 11:14 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay had nine receptions for 111 yards in the Week 4 game against the New York Giants, and he was targeted a game-high 13 times. Our View: With Sammy Watkins out, Tyrod Taylor wasn't finding as many downfield targets to throw to, but he definitely had eyes for Clay. Clay is playing as well as he has in his entire career and should be considered a strong TE1 heading into Tennessee next week.
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|5||@ Tennessee Titans|
|6||vs Cincinnati Bengals|
|7||@ Jacksonville Jaguars|
|8||--- BYE WEEK ---|
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