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TE Charles Clay - Buffalo Bills

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

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 5): Clay (knee injury) was listed as questionable to play on Friday's injury report, and he wound up being inactive for Week 13 after being limited in practices Thursday and Friday last week (he didn't practice on Wednesday).

General News (Fri Dec 9): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Dec 8): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Dec 7): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 14: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

All TE vs PIT

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Tyrod Taylor didn't throw the ball very far in Oakland (18/35 for 191 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception with four sacks taken for -21 yards) - three receivers went over 30 yards last week. LeSean McCoy led the team in receiving with seven targets for 7/61/0, followed by Sammy Watkins (nine for 3/38/0, while still nursing a broken foot) and Marquise Goodwin (eight for 4/35/0). Taylor has gone the entire season without going over 300 yards passing, and hasn't managed to go over 200 yards passing for three weeks in a row (with one passing TD and two interceptions thrown during that time span). Yes, Taylor has six rushing TDS this year, including two in the last two games - but the Bills' passing game is anemic entering the final four games of the season. The Steelers' pass defense gave up 24/39 for 178 net yards passing to Eli Manning last week, with two passing scores given out vs. two interceptions and two sacks generated for -17 yards. Two games ago Scott Tolzien was held to 22/36 for 184 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions (with three sacks taken for -21 yards) while Pat McAfee added 1/1 for 35 yards passing, for a team total of 23/37 for 219 net yards. Of late, the Steelers' secondary is blanketing the opposition. From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Pittsburgh has averaged 17.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (seventh-least in the NFL); and 18.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (ninth-least); with 7.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (15th in the league). This is a tough matchup for the bottom-feeding Bills' passing attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at CIN 60 5 23 0 0 2.3
12 vs JAX 46 2 17 0 0 1.7
14 vs PIT PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
14 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
14 vs PIT PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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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Latest News

Bills | Charles Clay questionable (Fri Dec 9, 05:01 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 9, and is listed as questionable for Week 14.

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Bills | Charles Clay still limited (Thu Dec 8, 08:32 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) remained a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 8.

Our View: Clay is not a useful tight end for fantasy purposes and should not be in anyone's lineup. He doesn't get consistent targets and does very little with what he does get.
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Bills | Charles Clay limited (Wed Dec 7, 03:39 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.

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Bills | Week 13 inactives for Bills (Sun Dec 4, 02:35 PM) - The Buffalo Bills have declared QB Cardale Jones, TE Charles Clay, DL Jerel Worthy, TE Logan Thomas, WR Percy Harvin, WR Robert Woods, CB Ronald Darby inactive for Week 13.

Bills | Charles Clay to miss Week 13 (Sat Dec 3, 01:49 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) is listed as questionable but will not travel to face the Oakland Raiders in Week 13. Clay has chosen to stay behind to attend the birth of his child.

Our View: The Bills have been trying (a bit) to get Clay more involved in the offense. He just hasn't been producing at a fantasy-relevant level.
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