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TE Charles Clay - Buffalo Bills

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

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
16 at NE 51 4 37 0 0 3.7
17 at MIA 44 6 64 0 0 6.4
18 at JAX 37 3 15 0 0 1.5

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 18 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay left the game for a brief period with a hamstring injury but was able to return. Clay was unable to create against Jacksonville's defense and did not appear to be at full strength. For this Buffalo team to win, Clay needed to create mismatches in the passing game which he was unable to do against Jacksonville on Sunday.

2017 Week 17 vs MIA (8 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay led the Buffalo offense in receiving against his former team. Clay was successful on crossing routes, and a designed target on Tyrod Taylor's bootlegs. He dropped one pass, but was the most effective member of Buffalo's offense in a game where the script allowed Buffalo to play close to the vest.

2017 Week 16 vs NE (10 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay was the most targeted receiver for Buffalo, but his day was largely a game of what might have been. He had two red zone targets, one a rushed throw by Taylor that was off target, and a second that was dropped. He also had a deep target along the perimeter that could have been a big play but the throw was wide and off target. He was also targeted on a deep corner route, but Taylor could not fit the ball into double coverage. Clay remained a crucial piece in the Buffalo offense, and saw expanded usage, including splitting out wide in the formation, something Clay has done little of this season.

2017 Week 15 vs MIA (9 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay had a solid day against his former team. Clay had two chunk plays across the middle of the field. He was the most dependable pass catcher in the Buffalo offense and look healthy despite his earlier struggles with injuries. The rest of Clay's day was spent in the short passing game. Clay did have a drop, but is the most dependable passing option outside of LeSean McCoy.

2017 Week 14 vs IND (5 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay was limited in the game to only two catches for 11 yards. The passing conditions were brutal in the game and Joe Webb played in relief of Nathan Peterman, which capped the Buffalo passing offense. Clay was targeted on Webb's interception, but the interception was on Webb as the ball was well behind Clay on the route.

2017 Week 13 vs NE (3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay had three catches on the day, but offered little in terms of explosiveness. One of the catches was on a shovel pass, and the other two were routes on the perimeter. His lone big play was a deep corner route that was called back by penalty. Clay looks back to health after missing games earlier in the season.

2017 Week 12 vs KC (4 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay played well against Kansas City, providing a reliable target for Tyrod Taylor. Clay had a tight coverage catch against the middle for a third down conversion, and ran well on a 33-yard catch and run on a crossing route. Clay's return to health provides an option for Tyrod Taylor to target the intermediate areas of the field, and he is the clear number one tight end with top three preference in the passing offense.

2017 Week 11 vs LAC (4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

In his second game back from injury, Clay logged another pedestrian effort. Clay dropped an end zone target and lost out on another touchdown opportunity as he pushed off on the top of his route to secure an offensive pass interference penalty on the scoring play. On the plus side, Clay drew a defensive pass interference penalty in the red zone and converted a third down on another catch. Clay's volume is a concern as the tight end is averaging two less targets per game since returning from injury compared to early in the season.

2017 Week 10 vs NO (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay returned from injury and played well in minimal opportunities. He officially caught two passes for 13 yards, but his day should have been much better. Two other catches were called back on penalties, one a solid catch and run across the middle and the other a screen pass. Clay had a bad drop that resulted in a Sheldon Rankins interception as the ball ricocheted off Clay's hands directly to Rankins. He has returned to a lead role in the offense after missing several weeks with an injury.

2017 Week 5 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay caught two of his three targets for 31 yards. His long was a 24-yard catch on a corner route, where he went awkwardly to the ground on a glancing tackle to his leg. His knee bent awkwardly on the play and he was carted off the field and he did not return. Clay was the most important player in the Buffalo offense outside of LeSean McCoy so any time he loses creates a void of targets in the offense.

2017 Week 4 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 112 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay continued to play well against Atlanta. He made multiple players miss on two of his catches for solid gains after the catch. He also ran a deep route which he tracked well and caught despite being interfered with on the play for a 44-yard gain. Clay's 7 targets led the team, and represented over one third of Buffalo's 20 passing attempts. He continued to be the best offensive option outside of LeSean McCoy in the Buffalo passing game.

2017 Week 3 vs DEN (6 / 6 / 39 / 1 rec)

Charles Clay caught all six of his target for 39 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was play action bootleg to the right side of the field. Clay sold his blocking assignment well, and released into the middle of the field, behind the Denver linebackers who were pursuing Tyrod Taylor to the perimeter. His other five targets were in the short area of the field. He did have the opportunity for a big play where he ran a crossing route but was tripped up by a shoestring tackle. Clay continued to be the most dependable Buffalo receiving option outside of LeSean McCoy.

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.

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Bills | Charles Clay hauls in three balls (Sun Jan 7, 05:36 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay racked up three receptions for 15 yards on five targets in the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Bills | Charles Clay ready to play (Fri Jan 5, 04:05 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 5, and is not on the injury report for the Wild Card playoff game.

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Bills | Buffalo's injury report for Week 18 (Fri Jan 5, 02:25 PM) - Buffalo Bills CB Shareece Wright (concussion) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for the Wild-Card Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Jan. 7. OT Jordan Mills (ankle) returned to a full practice, while RB LeSean McCoy (ankle), WR Deonte Thompson (shoulder) and QB Joe Webb (ankle) were all limited in practice Friday, Jan. 5. All four have been listed as questionable. LB Matt Milano (hamstring) has not practiced all week but is also listed as questionable. WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) and TE Charles Clay (knee) were limited in practice Friday but removed from the injury report. FB Mike Tolbert (non-injury related) did not practice Friday, while LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest) and DT Kyle Williams (rest) were not given practice designations, but all three no longer appear on the injury report.

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Bills | Charles Clay to be limited Friday (Fri Jan 5, 10:26 AM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) will be a limited participant in practice Friday, Jan. 5.

Our View: It would be news if Clay was not limited. He's battled knee problems dating back to his college days at Tulsa. Clay will be a big part of what the Bills do through the air, and he'll have to come through if the team wants to advance past the Wild Card Round.
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Bills | Limited practice for Charles Clay (Thu Jan 4, 03:24 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 4.

Our View: We think he'll be good to go this weekend and Clay has seen a consistent amount of targets the last three weeks, totaling 37 over that period. He's a solid start and someone a lot of people will likely overlook.
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