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TE Charles Clay - Buffalo Bills

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Clay was much less successful in Week 2 against a very competitive Panthers defense. He could get more targets because the corners for Denver discourage throwing at them, but Clay's best week of the year might be Week 1.

General News (Fri Sep 22): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Thu Sep 21): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Sep 20): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 3: vs Denver Broncos

All TE vs DEN

FBG says: Bad matchup. The Bills passing offense has predictably struggled this season, particularly last week as Tyrod Taylor passed for only 125 yards with the Bills only managing to post one field goal. The Bills played even worse than their offensive numbers suggest as a good chunk of their total yardage came in garbage time on their last drive. Jordan Matthews has only been targeted six times this season, while Charles Clay started strong in Week 1 before plummeting last week with only three receptions for 23 yards. The Bills receivers did not gain more than 15 yards on a single play last week as Tyrod Taylor struggled to push the ball downfield against a tough Panthers secondary. The Bills matchup woes get even worst this week as they square off against the elite Broncos defense. This secondary is loaded with talent, making for a bad matchup for every offensive position. Even with the Bills receivers likely to draw plenty of one-on-one matchups, the mismatch in talent should prove to be too skewed to overcome as the Broncos have arguably the strongest secondary in the NFL with Chris Harris, Aqib Talib, and Bradley Roby. On top of the secondary, Von Miller is playing on another level right now as he faces a couple of Bills tackles that have struggled in pass protection this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NYJ 65 4 53 1 0 11.3
2 at CAR 45 3 23 0 0 1.3
3 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
3 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
3 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs CAR (3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay was limited to only three targets for three receptions and 23 yards. One target was a well-executed screen which gave Clay the opportunity to run after the catch. Clay also caught a drag route and a ball in the flat, but was largely contained on the day. Clay is Buffalo's most dangerous pass catcher outside of LeSean McCoy and was targeted by Carolina's defense, with all his catches coming near the line of scrimmage.

2017 Week 1 vs NYJ (9 / 4 / 53 / 1 rec)

Outside of LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay was clearly the best target in the offense. Clay got open in multiple areas including the middle and on the perimeter. Clay was targeted in the end zone on what should have been a touchdown but the ball deflected off his hands and was intercepted. Clay was covered on the play, but the ball should have been caught, and his mistake cost the Bills points. He redeemed himself later in the game on a quick out from the slot on the one-yard line for a touchdown and later had a 35-yard completion where he beat Jamal Adams. He led the team with nine targets, which should continue given Clay's playmaking ability which the rest of the receiving corps lacks.


Latest News

Bills | Buffalo's Week 3 injury report (Fri Sep 22, 02:54 PM) - Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus (ankle), OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle) and DT Jerel Worthy (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 22, and have been ruled out for Week 3 versus the Denver Broncos. S Colt Anderson (foot), WR Kaelin Clay (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), LB Deon Lacey (hamstring), DE Shaq Lawson (foot), RB LeSean McCoy (wrist), LB Matt Milano (hamstring) and TE Nick O'Leary (hamstring) all logged a full practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest) has yet to practice this week, but he also is no longer on the injury report.

Our View: Glenn being out won't help the case of the Bills passing game against the Broncos pass rush and corners, and in turn will make it easier to shut down LeSean McCoy.
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Bills | Charles Clay takes part in practice (Thu Sep 21, 03:18 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 21.

Our View: Clay isn't exactly setting the fantasy world on fire, though it's not like he ever really has. After a solid Week 1, Clay returned to form and we don't expect more against a stout Denver defense.
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Bills | Charles Clay limited in practice (Wed Sep 20, 04:18 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Our View: Clay might be in for a day against the Broncos in Week 3. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be running for his life against a ferocious Broncos defense, and a relief-valve receiver like Clay could get quite a few targets. That being said, Clay is a high-end TE2 in fantasy this week.
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Bills | Buffalo practice report for Wednesday (Wed Sep 20, 04:17 PM) - Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), DT Marcell Dareus (ankle), OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle), DE Shaq Lawson (foot), RB LeSean McCoy (rest) and DT Jerel Worthy (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. S Colt Anderson (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), LB Deon Lacey (hamstring) and LB Matt Milano (hamstring) were each limited participants in practice.

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Bills | Three grabs for Charles Clay (Sun Sep 17, 06:46 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay managed three catches for 23 yards on three targets in Week 2 in Carolina.

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