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TE Charles Clay - Miami Dolphins

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

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Preseason player page

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

News you need to know

General News (Fri Oct 17): partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

General News (Thu Oct 16): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Oct 15): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 7: at Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ryan Tannehill threw 23/31 for 278 yards passing, two TDs and one interception vs. the Raiders back in Week 4 (zero sacks taken), and followed up with 20/31 for 244 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown vs. Green Bay last weekend (one sack taken for -7 yards). He isn't posting Peyton Manning-like numbers, but he isn't in Christian Ponder mode, either. To date, Tannehill is the 23rd-ranked fantasy QB in the land, with 113/186 for 1,133 yards passing, eight TDs and five interceptions thrown, and 16/102/0 rushing. Mike Wallace (nine targets for 5/67/1 receiving over the past two games), Jarvis Landry (eight for 6/75/1) and Charles Clay (five for 3/35/0) have been Tannehill's main targets during the past two contests. Dion Sims caught a TD in London with two targets for 1/18/1 receiving - Brian Hartline had two targets but zero receptions against the Packers, while Brandon Gibson has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury, leaving Landry as the #2 wide receiver across from Wallace lately. The Bears' pass D ranks 17th in the league, averaging 246.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores given up vs. eight interceptions (tied for third in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied for seventh) generated this year. Matt Ryan was limited to 19/37 for 245 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown last week (four sacks taken for -26 yards) while two weeks ago Cam Newton threw 19/35 for 231 net yards, two TDs and one interception (two sacks taken for -24 yards). The Bears' pass D is very solid this season, overall. This looks like a tough matchup for the visiting Dolphins.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
3 vs KC 3 21 0 0
4 at OAK 2 32 0 0
6 vs GB 3 35 0 0
7 at CHI 4 58 1 0
7 at CHI PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
7 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * *
7 at CHI PROJ-Bloom 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 4 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)

Clay looked a bit sprightlier than he had in the first few games of the season, but it didn't translate to a nice day in the stat-line. He did only receive four targets in the passing game, and logged just 40 snaps due to the blowout, but there are some positives to take away from the effort. Clay, like some of the other Miami pass-catchers were able to get open down the field a little more than usual, and with a clean pocket, Tannehill was finding them. Both of Clay's catches were of the 15+ yard variety, but again, that's probably due to the atrocious pass defense from the Raiders. Clay was also tackled immediately after the catch, so he wasn't able to flash any his run-after-catch ability, which had been hampered by his knee through the first few weeks. It is promising though, because now Clay can take the bye week to rest up. In the always-unpredictable tight end position, Clay could still prove to be at least a bye week fill-in if he can show he's healthy.

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.

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Latest News

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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Dolphins | Charles Clay limited (Wed Oct 15, 06:57 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.

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Dolphins | Charles Clay probable (Fri Oct 10, 05:44 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 10, and is probable for the team's Week 6 game.

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Schedule

7@ Chicago Bears
8@ Jacksonville Jaguars
9vs San Diego Chargers
10@ Detroit Lions
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Denver Broncos
13@ New York Jets
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15@ New England Patriots
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17vs New York Jets