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TE Charles Clay - Miami Dolphins

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

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Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): It took a while for Clay to get back to being the primary TE target in the Dolphins offense, but he did it in Week 15, just in time for a Week 16 home game against Minnesota. He's a desperation option, but one that could hit.

General News (Fri Dec 19): partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Dec 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Dec 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 16: vs Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ryan Tannehill finally went over 300 yards passing again last week, in New England (29/47 for 346 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -38 yards), after flubbing attractive matchups vs. Baltimore's secondary (23/33 for 227 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown) and the Jets' secondary (25/35 for 235 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown). During that three-week span, Mike Wallace (22 targets for 14/212/1 receiving) and Jarvis Landry (28 for 22/222/0) have stood out has Tannehill's favorite targets, followed by Brandon Gibson (10 for 6/53/0), Charles Clay (10 for 8/100/0), and Lamar Miller (10 for 8/57/0). The Vikings' pass D allowed 17/28 for 153 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to the Lions last week (zero sacks), after handing over 18/29 for 242 yards passing, one TD and one interception (with three sacks for -12 yards) to Geno Smith and company two games ago. This season, Minnesota is ranked sixth in the NFL averaging 216.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 22 passing scores given up vs. 12 interceptions and 38 sacks generated (tied for 15th- and sixth-ranked in the NFL, respectively). This is a tough matchup for Tannehill and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

14 vs BAL 2 41 0 0
15 at NE 6 59 0 0
16 vs MIN 6 114 0 0
16 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
16 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
16 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 14 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay returned to the lineup for the Dolphins on Sunday after nearly a month long absence. Before his latest injury, Clay had 8, 9, and 6 targets in the weeks before he was inactive, but he and Dion Sims shared snaps for the most part on Sunday. Clay did receive the start, but only ended playing 30 snaps to Sims' 44. It's been looking like a lost season for Clay, especially after he was hampered by a knee injury in the preseason. He did look like he had some of that juice back in his legs that made him such a nice weapon for the Dolphins last season. On the Dolphins' final drive of the game, he got the drive started with Miami's longest play of the game, a 27-yard catch, as he was streaking on a crossing route. C.J. Mosley was having trouble with whoever he was matched up on in coverage yesterday, so it's surprising Tannehill didn't look Clay's way a little more. With Dion Sims starting to play better, and the offensive line struggling, it's possible Clay might not get back the snap counts and route numbers he had seen even earlier this season. He can't be recommended as a play in the fantasy playoffs, even at the thin tight end position.

2014 Week 15 vs NE (7 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)

A week after Dion Sims played a bunch more snaps than him, Miami's starting tight end finally looked as close to full health as he has all season. It showed, as Clay was matched up with any number of defensive players for New England, catching passes against Jamie Collins, Devin McCourty, and Darrelle Revis. Clay was in on 69 out of a possible 81 snaps, and produced a stat line that many owners were accustomed to seeing him drop last season. Perhaps it was simply a case of Clay playing a full snap load for one of the few times this season, as he saw 7+ targets for just the fourth time all season. He saw 7+ targets eight times last season, and 6 targets in another four games, so it's promising to see he's still a major target for Tannehill even in what's been a lost season. He saw his share of underneath passes, but he did make a few impressive plays downfield, bailing Ryan Tannehill out on a few poor throws. Last year, during what could've been called a breakout season, he was a legitimate downfield for the downfield-allergic Dolphins, catching 12 passes of 15+ yards. They've missed that intermediate threat this season, but the question will be if Clay is a potential tight end streamer in the fantasy finals. With how tight-lipped the Dolphins have been on Clay's injury for most of the season, it will be difficult to get a read on how Clay might respond to his 69 snaps on Sunday. The added variable of a potentially lame-duck coach makes it difficult to know if Clay will be used at the same rate against the Vikings. With Minnesota being one of the better teams against the tight end in the league, it'll be tough to roll the dice on him in the finals.


Latest News

Dolphins | Charles Clay looks good in warmups (Sun Dec 21, 11:48 AM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay looked explosive in warmups Sunday, Dec. 21, in the opinion of beat writer Chris Perkins. Perkins added that Clay looks as explosive as he has all season.

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Dolphins | Charles Clay hopes to re-sign (Sat Dec 20, 10:50 AM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay said he hopes to re-sign with the team after he becomes a free agent this offseason.

Our View: Clay was a versatile player in college at Tulsa, playing seven different positions during his time there. The Dolphins took a chance on him, adding Clay in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft. He's worked out well for the team, and Clay has improved each season in the league. We can't imagine many problems between the two sides in finding common ground for a new deal.
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Dolphins | Charles Clay probable (Fri Dec 19, 05:50 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, but is listed as probable for Week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Dolphins | Charles Clay limited Thursday (Thu Dec 18, 05:59 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Our View: Clay should play against Minnesota, and we see him as a solid TE2. If there was more consistency in the offense, he might be more productive, but that's not likely to happen this week.
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Dolphins | Charles Clay limited Wednesday (Wed Dec 17, 04:50 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Our View: Clay makes for a decent TE2 with upside this week if he plays. Watch to see if he can practice fully by Friday at the latest.
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