TE Charles Clay - Buffalo Bills
|6-3, 245||Born: 2-12-1989||College: Tulsa||Drafted: Round 6|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 14 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Unfortunately for both Clay and the Bills, Clay left the game against the Eagles in the first quarter and did not return. The Bills had 36 passing attempts plus a few more negated by penalty; they were clearly missing their second best receiving target. His value for the remainder of the season will depend on the severity of the injury.
2015 Week 13 vs HOU (7 / 4 / 66 / 1 rec)
Of Clay's four receptions, two of them were screens. Clay is tough to tackle and tends to drag defenders but the Bills need a threat in the middle of the field more than they need a screen target. Clay may have become that middle of the field threat against the Texans but it remains to be seen. He got himself open down the middle for a deep target that Tyrod Taylor threw well. However, Clay let the ball clunk off his hands. More positively, the game-winning score involved Clay walking clean into the endzone through the middle of the field. But even then, Clay did not have a defender on him at any point, the designed route found a major hole in the zone. After Watkins, Clay is the best receiving option that the Bills have and his most targets in the game reflect the talent. But the Bills need to use him more in the middle of the field than they currently do.
2015 Week 12 vs KC (8 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
Clay had the third most targets on the team but had a relatively quiet day. He was hard to tackle with the ball, shedding tacklers while getting good bits of yardage. However, he is not being utilized as a middle-of-the-field threat. Of Clay's eight targets, six of them were short throws to the sideline. It would be interesting to see Clay get given the ball down the middle and let him run free.
2015 Week 11 vs NE (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Clay had a good catch over a defender two plays before the Bills' only TD of the day. However, he was not a major participant in the offense. His targets, receptions, and yards rank last among the Bills players involved in the passing game.
2015 Week 10 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
Clay was the most accomplished target in the passing game against the Jets. His targets were all short throws but Clay managed to run decently with the ball in his hands. His big 25-yard gain involved Clay rumbling downfield following blockers to put up some decent YAC. The one target that Clay did not turn into a reception was one where Taylor was hit while throwing. It's clear that Clay is the undisputed TE1 while Taylor is the QB but the offense has been too inconsistent for Clay to put up big numbers game after game.
2015 Week 9 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Clay received a target in the first drive and a target in the second drive. After that, Watkins received all the non-checkdown targets. In a game where the Bills did not need to throw, Clay was not thrown to.
2015 Week 7 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Clay is continuing his up-and-down season. He had a relatively quiet day with only three receptions. Clay didn't touch the ball until halfway through the second quarter; he was not a big part of the Bills' offensive gameplan. He also dropped a pass that hit him right in the hands. It's hard to judge Clay's value with E.J. Manuel as QB and with Chris Gragg starting to get some more looks. When Taylor returns, Clay will presumably resume his role as the Bills' primary TE.
2015 Week 6 vs CIN (13 / 9 / 62 / 0 rec)
On the first passing play of the game, Manuel threw a very low pass to an open Clay. Initially it looked as though the ball hit the ground but a Rex Ryan challenge overturned the call. Clay showed nice hands in snatching the ball at the last possible second. On another errant E.J. Manuel pass, Clay jumped and managed to tip the ball to himself. Beyond the first play, Clay was mainly involved in the short passing game, catching everything short of 10 yards. His 13 targets led the Bills by a large margin and was the second week in the past three weeks that he was that involved. However, it must be noted that Clay only received three targets in the week in the middle. He occasionally disappears but with Watkins injured (again), Clay is the only real talent in the passing game (again).
2015 Week 5 vs TEN (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Clay's one play of note was a sideline catch in which he did not manage to keep his feet inbounds. He did miss some plays with cramps which may explain his absence but it's more likely that the passing opportunities were just not there for the Bills.
2015 Week 4 vs NYG (13 / 9 / 111 / 0 rec)
This was Clay's biggest game of the season. It was evident throughout the game that Clay was both the most talented and the most trusted player running routes for the Bills. Clay started the day off poorly, bobbling a pass and letting a defender snatch the football out of his hands for Tyrod Taylor's one interception on the day. Later, he pushed off on a defender to make a third down catch and was called for offensive pass interference. However, Clay settled down as the game went on. He made catches while tightly covered and while wide open as the result of good route running. When the Bills needed to convert a fourth and five, they turned to Clay. He also caught a TD pass late in the game but it was called back as the result of an unnecessary chop block by a member of the offensive line. Clay is going to receive a comfortable amount of targets in every Bills' game this season, especially when they are behind.
2015 Week 3 vs MIA (7 / 5 / 82 / 1 rec)
Clay embarrassed the Dolphins on two different plays. Clay caught the ball more than 20 yards from the endzone with a defender directly in between Clay and his target. After a little wiggle of Clay's hips, there was no longer a defender between Clay and the start of what would become a rout. Near the end of the 1st half, as the Bills were driving down the field, Clay took a hard step to the left before cutting to the right and the 1st down. The Dolphins' linebacker completely whiffed before recovering and tackling Clay. Clay is an integral part of this offense and will continue to put up decent numbers every week both because of talent and scheme.
2015 Week 2 vs NE (5 / 3 / 19 / 1 rec)
Clay was part of two memorable plays. He tipped a (too high) pass into a defender for a diving interception. However, he later redeemed himself by becoming wide open for a TD when Taylor was rolling out.
2015 Week 1 vs IND (4 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Clay had a relatively quiet game marred by a few mistakes. His first reception was called back from an iffy chop block call on himself. Clay's big 26 yard reception involved him fumbling at the end of the play but luckily he was able to fall back on the ball to recover. The Bills will be expecting more from their well-paid tight end, look for his participation to increase as the Bills get more comfortable with expanding Taylor's game plan.
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