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TE Charles Clay - Miami Dolphins

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

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 24): Clay was unable to practice Thursday or Friday last week due to his injured knee, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as doubtful to play on Friday.

General News (Fri Nov 28): did not practice on Friday.

General News (Thu Nov 27): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

Week 13: at New York Jets

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. This renewal of an AFC East rivalry occurs in the shadow of the Patriots' 9-2 record, but Miami has a shot at a wild-card berth at 6-5 while the pitiful Jets are trying to be spoilers at 2-9. The Jets' pass D is awful. They are dead last with 27 passing scores given up, and dead last with three interceptions generated to date. Kyle Orton just hit them for 24/32 yielding 220 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions with one sack taken for -10 yards en route to a 38-3 win over the Jets. While they don't give up huge amounts of passing yards (238.6 on average, 14th in the NFL), the Jets' secondary is extremely bad in other categories. Ryan Tannehill has thrown for multiple TDs in three of his last four games, with 26/36 for 228 yards, three TDs and one interception thrown at Denver last week during a narrow 36-39 loss. Jarvis Landry (11 targets for 7/50/2 receiving), Brandon Gibson (six for 5/42/0), Mike Wallace (five for 4/35/1) and Dion Sims (five for 4/31/0) all played important roles for Tannehill in the spread-the-wealth Miami attack at Denver last week. This is a great matchup for the Dolphins even though they are on the road. The Jets are just playing out the schedule at this point.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs SD 5 65 1 0
10 at DET 7 45 0 0
11 vs BUF 5 31 0 0
13 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
13 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * *
13 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs DET (9 / 7 / 45 / 0 rec)

It was another high-target, high-catch, but low yardage day for Charles Clay on Sunday against the Lions. This is becoming a theme for Clay, as it's the second time this season he's record at least 7 catches in a game, but has also fallen short of 50 yards. His nine targets were a season high, though, so his looks have continued to slightly rise. Additionally, he saw two looks inside the 10-yard line as well, but couldn't convert either opportunity. One was a poorly placed pass from Ryan Tannehill, to Clay's front shoulder, which forced him to fall over upon completing the catch. The other, he simply was leaking out of the backfield after helping in pass protection and didn't have much room to run. He fought for extra yardage, but came up short of the goal-line. The Albert injury may actually negatively impact Clay the most of anyone. Clay has routinely been better in pass protection than his running back teammates, so it's possibly the Dolphins will be forced to deploy Clay as a blocker in pass protection in the coming weeks. With Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes licking their chops for Thursday's matchup, as well as Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and the Broncos coming up after that, giving Ryan Tannehill any time and keeping him upright will be paramount. Clay has shown off some of tackle-breaking skills in recent weeks, but he still doesn't look quite over the knee injury that sidelined him in training camp. He's just not displaying the same explosiveness he had in 2013. With the tight end landscape still looking shaky outside the top studs, Clay can still be mentioned as a potential streaming option, but with offensive line woes back in the conversation in Miami, it's going to be tough to trust him.

2014 Week 11 vs BUF (6 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)

It was another high-catch, low-yardage day for Charles Clay on Thursday night. On the season, he recorded 12 catches against the Bills. Unfortunately, those 12 catches went for 62 total yards. While Clay has looked healthier and healthier recently, and has been showing a little more explosiveness on his routes, he's forced to make plays after the catch that aren't there to be made. Whereas last season, he was able to get behind the defense a few times for some big plays, that hasn't been the case this season. And with Jarvis Landry emerging as a weapon in the middle of the field, there isn't considerable volume for Clay to work with either. Tannehill still looks his way in the red zone a good amount, but the connections haven't been there a lot either. Clay wasn't asked to help block too much on Thursday, which was a worry with the Albert injury. With some games ahead against Denver, Baltimore, and New England, we'll see if that changes. As always though, the tight end position is muddy enough to where Clay is still rosterable. However, he's nothing more than a low-upside option with about a 4-catch floor, otherwise known as tight end purgatory.


Latest News

Dolphins | Charles Clay doesn't practice (Fri Nov 28, 04:08 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee, hamstring) did not practice Friday, Nov. 28, and could miss Monday night's game versus the New York Jets.

Our View: The Jets have given up 12 touchdowns to tight ends this year, but Dion Sims, not Clay is likely to be the player poised to take advantage of that. Sims is a poor man's Dwayne Allen, but that could be good enough against the woeful Jets secondary.
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Dolphins | Charles Clay limited during practice (Thu Nov 27, 03:40 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 27.

Our View: There's no clarity about Clay's availability this week. If he can practice fully on Saturday, then he'll likely play on Monday night. Don't wait around to find out, go ahead and start another TE this week.
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Dolphins | Charles Clay practices (Wed Nov 26, 05:24 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee, hamstring) participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Our View: Clay missed last week's game against the Broncos, but by practicing on Wednesday he should be ready to go for Week 13. The Dolphins play a pathetic Jets secondary on Monday night.
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Dolphins | Charles Clay inactive (Sun Nov 23, 03:23 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) has been declared inactive for Week 12.

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Dolphins | Week 12 Inactives (Sun Nov 23, 03:01 PM) - The Miami Dolphins have declared DB Jalil Brown, TE Charles Clay, CB Cortland Finnegan, LB Jonathan Freeny, OG Nate Garner, DT Anthony Johnson, OT Billy Turner inactive for Week 12.

Our View: Second-year tight end Dion Sims will get the start against the Broncos decimated LB corps.

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