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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

General News (Fri Sep 23): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Sep 22): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Sep 21): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 3: vs Arizona Cardinals

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. During Week One, Sammy Watkins saw six targets for a so-so 4/43/0 receiving (and that was almost half of the 111 yards passing that Tyrod Taylor managed at Baltimore). Charles Clay was second on the team in receiving with three targets for 2/40/0, and fantasy owners invested in Buffalo's passing attack were not happy campers. Last week, though, Tyrod Taylor bounced back in a big way against the Jets' struggling secondary, with 18/30 for 297 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, and surprisingly, zero sacks taken. Watkins still disappointed, though, with five targets but just 2/20/0 receiving, while Marquise Goodwin (five targets for 2/112/1 receiving) and Greg Salas (five for 4/89/1) found a way to make things work at home in New Era Stadium. Backup running back Mike Gillislee (one for 1/18/1) was the other receiver that scored for the Bills. Though they still lost the game on Sunday, the Bills found their passing attack, which is a good thing. The Cardinals knocked the wind out of the Buccaneers' sails in Week Two, intercepting Jameis Winston four times while allowing just one TD pass (27/52 for 221 net yards passing, with three sacks generated for -22 yards). The Cardinals' pass D ceded 24/33 for 257 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with two sacks for -7 yards to Jimmy Garoppolo and company two games back - through two contests, the Cardinals are 15th in the NFL averaging 239.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing scores handed out vs. four interceptions and five sacks generated to date. They are currently allowing the seventh-least fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (15.9 per game on average); but have surrendered the 11th-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (27.6 per game); while averaging 2.2 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing tight ends (tied for second-least in the NFL). This is a tough matchup for the on-again/off-again Bills' attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at BAL 48 2 40 0 0 4
2 vs NYJ 48 5 27 0 0 2.7
3 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
3 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
3 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Bills | Charles Clay listed as questionable (Fri Sep 23, 05:56 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 3.

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Bills | Charles Clay limited in practice (Thu Sep 22, 08:23 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, Sept. 22.

Our View: Clay has done nothing so far, and while he might get a slight bump if Sammy Watkins is out, it's not enough to warrant a start. We wouldn't even have him on the roster.
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Bills | Charles Clay practicing (Thu Sep 22, 12:13 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) is participating in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.

Our View: Clay doesn't get much work and doesn't do much with what he gets. Arizona is an awful matchup, so we're not using him this week.
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Bills | Charles Clay sits out of practice (Wed Sep 21, 06:48 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Our View: Clay's knee is something that needs to be monitored. He's only a TE2 at best in a Bills passing game we're shying away from.

Bills | Charles Clay questionable for Week 2 (Wed Sep 14, 12:45 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) is listed as questionable for the Week 2 game against the New York Jets Thursday, Sept. 15.

Our View: With WR Sammy Watkins banged up, having Clay available would certainly help. Even if he's on the field, we're not relying on Clay from a fantasy perspective.
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5@ Los Angeles Rams
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7@ Miami Dolphins
8vs New England Patriots
9@ Seattle Seahawks
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