TE Charles Clay - Arizona Cardinals
|6-3, 245||Born: 2-12-1989||College: Tulsa||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2011|
2018 Week 1 vs BAL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay was held without a catch on two targets. The offense was a putrid display and Clay was no different.
2018 Week 2 vs LAC (3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay had a better day against the Chargers, but still lacks for volume. Clay had a 21 yard catch and had a deep target on a play action pass, but the Buffalo offense is too inconsistent while attempting to get Logan Thomas and Jason Croom involved for Clay to see consistent enough usage for fantasy production at this point in Josh Allen's career.
2018 Week 3 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay caught two early passes, including a tight end screen. Clay is not getting a lot of opportunities in the passing game, because of low passing volume and additional usage of Jason Croom in the passing game.
2018 Week 4 vs GB (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay saw his largest involvement of the season. Clay was involved early, catching multiple third down conversions early in the game. Clay was able to show elusiveness on a run after a catch for a long gain of 17 yards.
2018 Week 5 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay was only targeted once against Tennessee on a crossing route off play action. Clay was able to get behind the linebackers on a good play action fake by Josh Allen. Clay has become an ancillary option in a low volume passing attack.
2018 Week 6 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay was used in multiple RPO plays and was used in the slot for a reception but continues to see only short area targets. Clay has shown the ability to make big plays but is not aided by Josh Allen's ball placements. Clay has had multiple opportunities in recent weeks to run after the catch but was forced to adjust to an inaccurate throw from Allen. Like the rest of the offense, Clay's upside is severely limited with the rudimentary game plan and the poor throws from Allen.
2018 Week 7 vs IND (5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay had a catch across the middle where he lost a fumble. He was also targeted on a deep route along the perimeter, but the throw was off target. Clay remains a short area option in the Buffalo offense on low volume.
2018 Week 8 vs NE (6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Clay saw a season-high six targets against New England, but struggled to make an impact. A well-designed fleaflicker target early in the game was wasted due to a poor throw from Derek Anderson. Clay's most notable individual play came on a low snare of a pass on a quick out route. Clay padded his total in garbage time with yards-after-catch. While the clear starter, Clay is averaging less than 10 yards-per-catch and has yet to find the end zone this season.
2018 Week 9 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay exited the game with a hamstring injury and was not targeted. Logan Thomas stepped up in his absence, but Clay will look to return next week against the Jets.
2018 Week 13 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay had a quiet game against Miami outside of the last offensive play for Buffalo. Clay was the intended target on a Josh Allen scramble where Clay was wide open in the end zone. Allen threw the ball across the body while on the run and underthrew Clay. While working back to the ball, Clay dove for the pass instead of running to catch it, and the ball went through his hands. Clay is minimally involved in the offense of late and struggles to distinguish himself on the field.
2018 Week 14 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay had a quiet game against the New York Jets, managing only a short reception for 6 yards. Clay also had a drop on an open crossing route that could have been a big gain. He was also targeted deep down the seam on a ball that was overthrown but drew an illegal contact penalty on the play. Clay will look to bounce back next week against Detroit.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 3 vs ARI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In the first game with a new OC, Charles Clay only had two targets. Clay is a decent player but if he is not involved next week he may not be relevant in this new offense.
2016 Week 4 vs NE (7 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay maintained his quiet season so far, playing well but not in a very impactful way. He gets open with his route running and can make sideline catches but is not being used a strong weapon in this new offense. Clay did see the second most targets on the team so it is possible that big weeks are in his future but he is not an inspiring player at the moment.
2016 Week 5 vs LA (5 / 5 / 73 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay ended the day with the lion's share of the Bills' receiving yards, bringing in 73 of 124 total. He was able to get open, make defenders miss, and pick up some extra yardage. His one negative mark on the day was a play where he ran his route just inches short of the first down marker and his reception did not result in a conversion. However, this was a small thing in an otherwise good day. With Sammy Watkins out, Clay is the Bills' best receiver. But that may not mean much when the passing game sputters along like it has.
2016 Week 6 vs SF (7 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay continued his decent season against the 49ers. With a team-high 7 targets, Clay was able to make a few plays after the catch including one 3rd down conversion when he sped to the edge. Clay will continue to be a steady force on this offense, assuming the ankle injury that forced him from the game is not a long-term issue.
2016 Week 7 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
If LeSean McCoy misses more time, Charles Clay is the only remaining good skill player on the Bills. He caught a few balls against Miami including one decent gain that was called back. With his talent compared to the rest of the uninjured receivers, the passing game should run through Clay. However, the play calling hasn't always looked in his direction.
2016 Week 8 vs NE (6 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay was hurt trying to catch a ball after beating two defenders on his route. Clay did come back later and beat his man in the endzone but a poor Taylor throw erased any chance at a TD. Assuming that he was not seriously injured, Clay is still not going to put up big plays unless LeSean McCoy can come back and jumpstart this offense.
2016 Week 9 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay was insignificant for yet another week. He is not a target in this offense.
2016 Week 11 vs CIN (7 / 5 / 23 / 0 rec)
After seeing opposing tight ends abuse Cincinnati's linebackers, many were hoping for a break-out performance by Clay. Clay, however, was only targeted on short crossing routes and on sideline routes against zone coverage. Clay received one end zone target, but that target sailed through his hands on a 2nd-and-goal play in the third quarter. Taylor could have taken some heat off the throw, but Clay must come down with that catch. Buffalo settled for a field goal.
2016 Week 12 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay tied for most targets on the Bills but could only do so much with some errant Taylor throws. Clay was able to catch and extend to convert a late 3rd down but the rest of the game had throws behind him and just out of his reach. Clay has been a disappointing player this season; he's been steady but has not taken over games. That trend looks to continue.
2016 Week 14 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 52 / 1 rec)
Charles Clay had one of (if not) his best games of the season. He did his job and caught the passes directed towards him (with the exception of a tipped pass that he still should have caught). Clay later had a 26 yard completion wiped out by a teammate's illegal shift. But Clay's best play of the night was his TD catch-and-run where he took two hard hits standing up and raced his way into the endzone. Clay is another player on this team who is restrained by the limits of the Bills' passing game.
2016 Week 16 vs MIA (10 / 8 / 85 / 2 rec)
Charles Clay had his best game this season against the Dolphins and it could have been even better. Every time he had the ball, which was often, he was difficult to take down. His first TD reception had two defenders collide into Clay with both of them falling down but Clay remaining standing. He was able to walk into the endzone after taking two hard simultaneous hits. Clay caught another TD falling to the ground for a late score but the Bills were unable to take advantage. Clay also received two other endzone targets that were almost touchdowns; on one he didn't drag his second foot inbounds, on the other he was very clearly interfered with. This was the Charles Clay that the Bills gave big money to.
2016 Week 17 vs NYJ (7 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay ended the season as he played it all year, with an adequate game that would have been real good if his QB's passes were more accurate. While Tyrod Taylor has had problems syncing up with Clay in previous games, E.J. Manuel was terrible at getting the ball to him. Multiple plays had Clay open but poor Manuel throws hit the dirt. The worst offender was when Clay was wide open to walk into the endzone on 3rd and 13 but the terrible Manuel pass was impossible to catch. With a lot of turnover in the Bills' WR corps upcoming, Clay will remain and should be a primary target for whatever QB takes over next season.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2014 Week 1 vs NE (6 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
After appearing for just 10 snaps in the preseason due to a balky knee, Clay laid claim to his #1 tight end spot in Miami. He logged 68 of a possible 76 snaps, with Dion Sims deputizing with 39 (mostly blocking) snaps. Although he secured just two of his six targets, Clay should likely remain the second best option for targets for the Dolphins going forward. His low catch rate isn't a worry, as Jamie Collins defended him for much of the game, and shedding his cover was difficult. His six targets were second on the team to Wallace, and his matchups should only improve going forward, as Bill Belichick has keyed in on stopping him over the last few games. As with the majority of tight ends on the back-end TE1/high-end TE2 radar, he'll leave owners scratching their heads some weeks. However, if he can manage 6-7 targets regularly, he'll be a viable fantasy tight end.
2014 Week 2 vs BUF (8 / 7 / 31 / 0 rec)
Any fantasy owner who started Clay in a PPR league was likely happy with the results from Sunday, but most everyone else is a little disappointed. When you see Clay's seven catches on eight targets, it may be a bit deceiving. Even on the low end of production, fantasy owners would expect 7 catches could produce at least 50 yards. However, Clay stayed on short, quick breaking routes for most of the game, as the Dolphins couldn't threaten Buffalo down the seam. Clay's long was 12 yards, but he wasn't targeted with a pass more than 10 yards down the field. The offense, as a whole, isn't driving the ball down the field with any verticality, so we'll see what adjustments Bill Lazor can make over the coming weeks, especially to make up for the absence of Moreno. Clay has flashed legitimate play-making skills in the passing game, but in a mostly spread-the-wealth offense (Mike Wallace is the exception), Clay will continue to sit in that muddled collection of tight ends who can offer back-end TE1 numbers, but is as inconsistent as all get out.
2014 Week 3 vs KC (4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Clay continues to play most of the snaps for Miami and operate as the #1 tight end, but it's becoming clear that his knee is just not right. Last season, Clay flashed some real playmaking ability at tight end for the Dolphins. Breaking tackles, scoring TDs, even hitting on some big plays, Clay was major piece of the attack for vanilla OC Mike Sherman. This season, we really haven't seen much of that, as Clay has been reduced to a possession role. With Miami not pressing the ball downfield, maybe Clay's ability to stretch the seam is a missing element to the offense? Wallace can threaten a defense deep, but is Hartline or Gibson or Landry? Clay missed nearly all of the preseason nursing the knee injury, so it's clearly something Miami thought they could manage through the early stages of the season. That plan may be backfiring. With the emergence of Travis Kelce, Delanie Walker, Niles Paul, Larry Donnell, among others at the tight end position, Clay is certainly not a must-roster type of player right now. With his knee still ailing it appears, and the Miami offense in throws of a struggle, Clay can be safely dropped for the time being for other tight end streaming options.
2014 Week 4 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Clay looked a bit sprightlier than he had in the first few games of the season, but it didn't translate to a nice day in the stat-line. He did only receive four targets in the passing game, and logged just 40 snaps due to the blowout, but there are some positives to take away from the effort. Clay, like some of the other Miami pass-catchers were able to get open down the field a little more than usual, and with a clean pocket, Tannehill was finding them. Both of Clay's catches were of the 15+ yard variety, but again, that's probably due to the atrocious pass defense from the Raiders. Clay was also tackled immediately after the catch, so he wasn't able to flash any his run-after-catch ability, which had been hampered by his knee through the first few weeks. It is promising though, because now Clay can take the bye week to rest up. In the always-unpredictable tight end position, Clay could still prove to be at least a bye week fill-in if he can show he's healthy.
2014 Week 6 vs GB (5 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay came out of Miami's bye looking a little more spry and healthy, but it didn't translate to a bigger game in the box score. Clay's 35 yards were still a season-high, and he's not being targeted in the red zone as much as he was in 2014. It's possible Clay's knee injury that forced him to miss almost the entirety of the preseason was more serious than anyone let on, and it's taken a full month plus into the season to finally get healthy. Compared to last season's first five games, Clay is averaging about one target fewer this season. However, where he hasn't cleared 40 yards once this season, he had 40+ yards in each of the first five games last season en-route to averaging nearly 60 yards/game, adding in three touchdowns. And whereas he had a 20+ yard catch in four of his first five last year, he's only had one total this season. So, the injury has clearly sapped Clay of some of the big-play-ability he flashed in 2013. He's been running shorter routes, and whether that's by design of the offense or Lazor knowing some of his physical limitations early on this season, Clay is a shaky TE2 for now. Until the Miami offense starts showing some more consistency or Lazor decides it's time to unleash a fully healthy (will he be this season?) Clay, he may not even be rosterable during the bye week crunch.
2014 Week 7 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 58 / 1 rec)
Clay had his best game of the season on Sunday, recording highs in targets, catches, yards, and scoring his first touchdown of the year. Many had been calling for an uptick in usage of the tight end, and it finally looks like he's healthy enough to provide some play-making from the TE position. With Lance Briggs and Jon Bostic out for the Bears, the Chicago LBs were an easy target for Tannehill and Clay. From Miami's first scoring drive, it was evident they were going to attack that weak spot for the Bears. First, Tannehill found Clay on a deep corner route up the right sideline for 25 yards. Then, once in the red-zone, Clay lined up in-line on the left and Tannehill found him again on the corner route for six points. D.J. Williams and Shea McClellan were late getting over and McClellan stumbled, allowing for a simple pitch and catch. Of course, Clay only caught two more balls for 20 yards on the afternoon, but the Dolphins were nursing a sizable lead. It's a promising sign though, as Clay was more of a big play option than anyone on the Miami roster last season. Additionally, while Tannehill's deep accuracy still a question mark, he can throw a very good seam or corner route, which may allow Clay to do more damage with fewer catches and targets. That's not a great recipe for fantasy consistency, but Clay may be working his way back into the tight end conversation in what's been a brutal year for the TE.
2014 Week 8 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Up-and-down, back-and-forth, the tight end merry-go-round goes. Those who took Charles Clay's 4-catch, 58-yard, one touchdown effort in Week 7 as a sign of things to come were sorely mistaken, and Clay followed up his best week of the season with his worst. It goes back to the game flow of Sunday's matchup with the Jags, as the Dolphins really didn't need much of anything on offense in their win. Clay was open in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, but Tannehill overthrew him on a difficult cross-body throw. It was a tough throw to pull off, and one that ultimately didn't matter, but one that should've been made by Tannehill. That would salvaged Clay's day a bit, but unless his volume starts to get a bump, he can't be relied upon even in the deepest of tight end leagues.
2014 Week 9 vs SD (8 / 5 / 65 / 1 rec)
Charles Clay rewarded fantasy owners who took a flier on him as a bye week fill-in for Martellus Bennett or Delanie Walker with his second strong effort in three games. It's been a rough first half of the season for Clay after battling a knee injury during the preseason that lingered into the regular season. However, he's now posted two 50+ yard games and a touchdown in two of his last three games, which qualifies as a heater with the tight end crop as shallow as it has been this season. With Dwayne Allen, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Gates, and Jordan Reed on bye this week, Clay is certainly an option. Earlier in the season, Clay was very tentative moving. He just wasn't healthy. Finally, since that Week 7 game against Chicago, he's moved better, and it's showing up in the box scores. He and Tannehill's signature route, even dating back to last season, is a 15-20 yard corner route. Clay's more of an H-back than true tight end, but he has legitimate after the catch skills. More bouncing off would-be tacklers than truly shedding them, Clay has always been an intriguing player for a team that lacks a target in the middle of the field. With Jarvis Landry getting more and more involved, Clay may be hit or miss than the prominent target he was last season. Still, his arrow is trending up with the Miami offense; but he'll be hard to trust in a spread-the-wealth offense with a few mouths to feed.
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.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs MIN (10 / 6 / 114 / 0 rec)
Charles Clay continues to look as healthy as he has all season, and for any tight end streamers that rolled the dice on him during Week 16, they were likely paid off. During last season's breakout campaign, Clay was a threat to get down the intermediate seam and would consistently make some big plays for the Dolphins who sorely need them. On Sunday, he looked like that threat again, making multiple 30+ yard plays, while also throwing in his plethora of chain-moving catches. His first big play came on a busted coverage, as the nickel linebackers for Minnesota passed a crossing Clay off to the deep safety, Andrew Sendejo, who wasn't in Clay's area code. It was a simple catch and throw for Tannehill and Clay, but their deep connection wasn't over. The next play was a bit more difficult and was very pretty in its own right. Setup as the outer tight end in a double tight end set to the right, Clay was able to get a clean release off the line of scrimmage against CB Captain Munnerlyn. Running a straight go, Munnerlyn stayed right with Clay, as he should've, but Tannehill delivered a perfect pass to the hands of Clay, who then dragged Munnerlyn a few extra yards. It reminded of a similar pass Tannehill made earlier this season to Brian Hartline, who dropped the perfect pass. Perhaps Ryan Tannehill has the ability to throw a good deep-ball, just not to Mike Wallace. 2014 will go down as a lost year for Clay due to all of the injuries, but if the Dolphins pass on taking a big wide receiver, tight end certainly could be a position to target as well.
2014 Week 17 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 45 / 1 rec)
Charles Clay finished off a disappointing 2014 in style, catching his third touchdown of the season. He saw 6+ targets in each of his last three games, catching a touchdown, clearing 100 yards once and 50 yards another time. Despite carrying a knee injury through the preseason that clearly hampered him in the regular season, Clay missed just two games, in Weeks 12-13. He returned and looked a little more explosive than he had over the first 11 weeks of the season, showing some downfield ability, as well as some after the catch explosion that had done him well in 2013. As he has done when healthy, Clay embarrassed David Harris and Demario Davis when they tried to cover him, connecting with Ryan Tannehill down the seam for Miami's lone passing touchdown. The majority of his other catches and targets, both in the game and on the season came in the short area, but that also had to do with Tannehill's time in the pocket. He's usually not the first read, so if the QB doesn't have some time, he may not see the ball. Unlike the Miami wide receivers, who are under contract, but could be let go, Clay is an unrestricted free agent. Dion Sims showed some improvement, especially as a pass-catcher in his second season, but in today's NFL, the Dolphins would be unwise to let go a versatile player who flashed some talent in 2013. Miami probably could lock him up pretty cheaply for the next few seasons after he played through injury and didn't post close to the same numbers he had in his breakout campaign in 2013.
2013 Week 1 vs CLE (6 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Clay was thrust into the starting tight end job by default after Dustin Keller's season-ending surgery. The best thing he has going for him is his versatility. On Sunday, he lined up at fullback, tight end, in the slot, and out wide. When he was matched up with a linebacker, Ryan Tannehill did well to find him. While he is not quite the athlete that Dustin Keller is, he is doing his best impression. If Brandon Gibson is the intermediate to deep target in the middle of the field, then Clay is the safety valve across the short middle. While many viable fantasy tight ends have come from being a trusty dump-off target, Clay is a better for the Dolphins than he is for fantasy players. If the offensive line continues to struggle, more and more Clay will be asked to stay in and block for his quarterback rather than run a route. Likewise, he doesn't have the size to be a dominant red zone target, meaning he will very rarely offer any touchdown potential. He's a fun player to watch line up all over the formation, but he isn't useful for fantasy purposes.
2013 Week 2 vs IND (7 / 5 / 109 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Clay's career best day was buoyed by two very significant plays. First, his big catch and run in the first quarter was a slight fluke after Antoine Bethea looked like he was going for an interception, but was late and just plain missed on the tackle. Clay did make a strong play on the ball and overall, has looked very good as a safety valve receiver, but expecting long receptions from him on a weekly basis is asking a bit too much. Another oddity, but one that turned Clay's day into a huge one in fantasy terms, was his 1-yard touchdown plunge. I'm not sure if Mike Sherman knew he was giving Clay his first career carry, but it ended up that way and Clay converted the short yardage attempt. With the coaching staff not showing any confidence in either running back, it may not be shocking to see Clay get a few carries as the upback in some I-formation short-yardage situations. But, clearly, this is not something that can be relied upon. His rapport with Ryan Tannehill is still good enough so that he'll routinely see the third most targets on the team in a given game. While chasing 100+ yards and the touchdown he scored this week is not advisable, he's no worse than some of the other TE2 options out there. Seeing a full complement of snaps is certainly not a bad thing.
2013 Week 3 vs ATL (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Clay had another all-around performance in the Dolphins' offense, as he continues to be the top tight end for Miami. Playing in the slot, in-line, and in the backfield, the versatile Clay also continues to draw the eye of his quarterback. His 6 targets were tied for second behind Brandon Gibson for the team high. Clay did drop two of his targets, with one resulting in Tannehill's only interception. But, this is about what to expect from Clay on a week-to-week basis. He'll never be completely shut out of the box score, but his 100-yard, one touchdown game last week was a bit of an aberration.
2013 Week 4 vs NO (6 / 6 / 42 / 1 rec)
Charles Clay scored his first receiving touchdown of the season, and second over all in 2013 on Monday night. His score came early in the fourth quarter of a game that was already out of hand. It's still a good sign for Clay's value going forward, as he reeled in all 6 of his targets and is showing he can be a threat in the red zone, whether it's as a running back or a pass catcher. He sits just fourth on the Dolphins in targets, with 25, but is only 5 behind the team leader, Brian Hartline. Ryan Tannehill will look his way because he won't receive much attention from linebackers and safeties, and he's very underrated as a route-runner and pass catcher. However, his long on the night was 14, putting to rest any possibility that he would grab another 67-yard catch like he did in Week 2. He's just not that type of player. His upside is limited and he is very touchdown dependent, but in a PPR league, he is a very good bye-week option as he's now averaging 5 catches for 60 yards through 4 games.
2013 Week 5 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 52 / 1 rec)
Clay really had only two plays of note against the Ravens, but both were big. First, was his touchdown at the end of the second quarter. After Tannehill missed Wallace twice, with one overthrow, and then a Wallace drop, the Dolphins had 3rd and goal from the Ravens 9. Clay was matched up against Jimmy Smith wide left. It was a clear mismatch, as Smith could not handle the physicality of Clay. Tannehill saw this and made a perfect back-shoulder throw to the front pylon to Clay, who adjusted and made the play. With no other true red-zone weapons, I'm interested to see if the Dolphins try to create mismatches for Clay in the scoring area more often. His second big play was a shockingly big play down the right sideline against James Ihedigbo. It was another matchup that saw Clay line up out wide in single coverage. Instead of overpowering the defensive back in this situation, he ran right by Ihedigbo. Tannehill dropped his throw right into Clay's breadbasket, allowing him to gain an extra 20 yards after the catch. Clay has suffered his share of the drops so far in 2013, with 4, but he's gaining the trust of Tannehill. In an always murky field of tight ends, Charles Clay may just be stating his case to be considered a backend TE1.
2013 Week 7 vs BUF (3 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)
Clay scored his fourth touchdown of the season on Sunday, but that was his only mark in the box score. Clay ran a pretty good number of routes, but also stayed in to help the woeful pass protection on a few occasions. Also, whenever the Dolphins would use their 12 personnel to run the ball, it often featured Dion Sims and Michael Egnew, who the coaching staff apparently likes better in that role. He got in the end zone early, so it was likely a disappointment for anyone who started Clay with Jimmy Graham on his bye or otherwise in a bind at tight end, but that's what Clay is at this point. He'll have his big target games, but with the three wide receivers seeing 29 of Tannehill's 37 passing attempts, there just was too few targets left for the tight end. However, Wallace and Gibson are likely to stay inconsistent, so Clay is certainly a tight end to keep an eye on, especially through the bye weeks.
2013 Week 9 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
It was another inconsistent day for the Dolphins' tight end. He secured all three targets thrown his way, but the long went for 9 yards, and he finished with just 22 yards. Similar to many other low end TE1's and high end TE2's, Clay is very touchdown dependent. Like Hartline, he's likely see more targets than he saw on Thursday because Ryan Tannehill is likely to throw the ball more than 28 times per game for the rest of the season. He's averaging 4 catches for 45 yards this season, and with Brandon Gibson down, he'll could possibly bump that to 5/55, but with the emergence of guys like Jordan Reed, Julius Thomas, and Jordan Cameron, once the bye weeks are over, he'll be off the TE1 radar. If there's one silver lining, it may that Clay could see some high leverage carries in the future. The Dolphins don't seem to trust Lamar Miller in short-yardage, and Daniel Thomas is failing miserably. Clay took his only third and short carry for 13 yards last night, so he could see an uptick in rushes, with a possibility of some goal-line looks. That would bump his value slightly, but fantasy owners would still need to get into the end-zone to have a really big week.
2013 Week 10 vs TB (8 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Even with the presence of Revis Island on Mike Wallace, Charles Clay continued to see a small role in the Dolphins' offense. When Miami fell behind 15-0, Ryan Tannehill worked the middle of the field. But, instead of Clay benefitting, Tannehill peppered Rishard Matthews with targets. Clay let down his quarterback early with a drop on a 20-yard pass, and then Tannehill shied away from his tight end for most of the rest of the game. Going into the Dolphins' final drive, Clay had two catches for 4 yards. The versatile tight end also received two carries, but neither was with a chance to score. Clay is still in the muddled mess of tight ends ranked 10-15 in points, but it's getting to the point where fantasy owners have to consider starting other options over him.
2013 Week 11 vs SD (7 / 6 / 90 / 1 rec)
Charles Clay rewarded the few fantasy owners who stayed patient with him in Week 11, tying his season high in catches, recording his second highest yardage total, and adding a touchdown to boot against the Chargers. For the last three or four weeks, Clay hadn't been more than an afterthought in the offense, as the running game and wide receivers took more of a prominent role. And, usually, Clay doesn't get peppered with targets. He only received 7 looks from his quarterback in this one, but he made the most of them. Obviously, his best play was the rampaging catch-and-run he had from 39 yards out. He caught a quick 4-yard out on a 1st and 5 and simply ran by Manti Te'o, who was in coverage on him. Te'o whiffed, then Clay "truck-sticked" Marcus Gilchrist at about the 20-yard line, before shaking another tackle from linebacker Donald Butler. At that point, Eric Weddle was probably so impressed with the run that he let Clay walk in from the 5 without so much of an effort to bring him down. Impressive, sure, but Clay has cleared 54 yards just twice this season. Clay is a top 15 TE, but in a year where the dearth of tight ends is as evident as ever, Clay has a decent enough floor not to hurt fantasy owners.
2013 Week 12 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
One week after posting 90 yards and a touchdown, Charles Clay crashed back to Earth with a 4 catch, 27-yard performance. Such is the life for any tight end ranked from about 10 to 15, especially this season. Clay did see 7 targets, but couldn't do his usual damage in the middle of the field with Thomas Davis covering him for most of the day. Ryan Tannehill still looked his way on crucial downs, but the versatile tight end couldn't shake Davis' coverage. On a day where Tannehill hooked up with 10 different receivers, it was promising to see Clay tie for 2nd on the team in targets. He'll usually see 5-8 targets consistently, and he's often very efficient with his targets, but it's more likely he'll turn those targets into about 40 or 50 scoreless yards instead of 80 or 90 and a touchdown. It's the unfortunate business of being a backend TE1 these days.
2013 Week 13 vs NYJ (10 / 7 / 80 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Charles Clay continues to alternate dud games with solid ones, and that trend continued with 7 catches on 10 targets against the Jets on Sunday. For the third time this season, Clay reached 80 yards in a game, and his 581 yards rank 8th among tight ends in 2013. He is the definition of a backend TE1 in this day and age; not trusty enough to throw into a lineup week after week, but just good enough to get away with most weeks. After scoring a touchdown in 4 out of 5 games, from Weeks 2-6, Clay has just one TD over the last six games. But, working the middle of the field against Demario Davis and Dewan Landry on Sunday, Clay didn't need a TD to be an efficient scorer for fantasy owners. His day could've been bigger though. He handled a third and goal carry from the 1, but was stuffed by the mauling defensive line of New York. He has one rushing TD this season, but with Daniel Thomas sidelined for the near future, Clay could handle a few goal-line and short yardage carries. Although it's unwise to rely on that in the fantasy playoffs, Clay is certainly worth a look over similarly frustrating tight ends like Tim Wright, Martellus Bennett, Delanie Walker, Heath Miller, and even Antonio Gates in the fantasy playoffs.
2013 Week 14 vs PIT (10 / 7 / 97 / 2 rec)
Charles Clay continues to impress, recording 80+ yards for the third time in four games, and scoring his sixth and seventh touchdowns of the season. The Steelers were always in their base 3-4 defense or their dime package, with six defensive backs, so Clay either saw coverage from a linebacker like Lawrence Timmons or Vince Williams, or a safety such as Will Allen. None of them could stay with them, as Clay worked the middle of the field. It's becoming clearer and clearer that Hartline and Clay are targets 1a and 1b for Tannehill, with most of the passes that go to Mike Wallace just being forced. Clay got open at will, and was able to turn upfield and use some of his athleticism to pickup yards after the catch. He first touchdown was of the easy, walk-in variety, but his second TD will be talked about for a while. He was lined up by himself, split wide to the right on 2nd and 6, ran a sticks play, but had Keenan Lewis and Troy Polamalu tackled him, he would've been short of the line of gain, setting up a 3rd and 1. He shook off Lewis and Polamalu, and ran in from 10 yards out. It may end up being the play of the Dolphins' season if they end up making the playoffs. Clay continues to produce, and is now 5th in TE scoring for the season behind Graham, Davis, Thomas, and Cameron. The problem has always been consistency for Clay, but he's been stringing together performances over the past month. With Rob Gronkowski now down, Clay gets another bump up the totem pole as well.
2013 Week 15 vs NE (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
In what's been an ongoing theme throughout the season, Charles Clay put up a dud performance after having three out of four weeks of great production. Seeing just two targets, it was an unfortunate performance after many fantasy owners who lost Rob Gronkowski or were desperate may have been relying on Clay for some value. He played 51 our of 64 snaps, so it wasn't a matter of playing time. Belichick and the Patriots decided to take away Tannehill's safety valve, but the Dolphins adjusted and found other ways to hurt the Patriots. Tannehill found 10 different receivers on the day, which is somewhat unaccustomed for him. Charles Clay's real life value was huge though. On his one catch, a fourth and 5 conversion on Miami's game winning drive, he caught the ball around the line of scrimmage, eluded three defenders, and picked up the game saving first down. It's not the first time this season Clay has shown off his after the catch chops. He's scored several touchdowns this season after running through multiple defenders and breaking tackles. Clay should bounce back with a better game against Buffalo, but there's always an odd man out every week among Miami's pass catching corps.
2013 Week 16 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
One week after registering just one catch, Charles Clay posted 4 catches on a day where the Miami offense was about as anemic as it gets. Seeing 7 targets, Clay played his usual middle of the field role for the Dolphins. While fantasy owners who had rode Clay over his recent run of success have to disappointed with his showing in the fantasy Super Bowl, Clay's day could've been worse, especially with the way the offense was playing. Clay was forced to stay in and pass block on a number of occasions with Miami struggling to stop the Buffalo pass rush. As he's demonstrated before, though, Clay can turn a 7-yard catch into 12-15 yards. Although he doesn't possess any quick twitch moves, he has some wiggle with the ball in his hands, capable of making at least one man miss and picking up a few extra yards. Make no mistake about it, Clay has been a top-10 tight end this season. With the Dolphins unlikely to bring back Dustin Keller, the versatile Clay will likely return to the same role in 2014. Capable of playing in-line, in the slot, and in the backfield, Clay will be on the back-end TE1 radar next season after putting in a breakout campaign in 2013.
2013 Week 17 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Charles Clay finished his 2013 breakout season with another solid, if unspectacular game. Although his final 3 games probably came as a disappointment to fantasy owners who had been using Clay after Rob Gronkowski went down or had picked him up off the waiver wire earlier in the season, Clay proved he will have a role going forward for this Dolphins team. Asked to stay in pass block a little more than fantasy owners would like to see, Miami will surely upgrade its offensive line this offseason, reducing the need for Clay to chip before going out on a pass route or help shutdown an opposing teams' edge rusher. Clay has shown the versatility to line up all over the formation, a knack for sure hands (although he's suffered a few bouts with the drops), and some elusiveness to bounce off defenders after the catch. He is a safety valve for Ryan Tannehill in addition to being a red zone target. Despite suffering his share of clunker games like nearly every other tight end in the game, just 8 TEs finished with more receiving yards than him. Additionally, just 5 TEs had more than the 7 total TDs he recorded in 2013. With Dustin Keller on a one-year deal, and youngsters Dion Sims and Michael Egnew filling a blocking roll for now, Clay should return as the #1 option at TE for Ryan Tannehill. While he's no slam dunk, Clay has to be on the backend TE1 radar for now.
2012 Week 4 vs ARI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He's not the first to drop a pass after a monstrous hit from Adrian Wilson, but he really should have caught the deep pass from Tannehill late in the first quarter. Clay came free over the middle and caught the ball, just after he brought it into his body Wilson hit him and knocked the ball free with a legal hit to Clay's back.
2012 Week 5 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Clay is listed as a fullback, but he appears to be more of the Marcel Reece type from the Oakland Raiders. Not nearly as versatile or explosive as Reece, Miami still likes to feature Clay in the passing game. Clay was 2nd on the team in targets with five, catching three of them. Clay's longest play came on Tannehill's best throw, as he worked the seam and did a nice job bringing the catch down in-between the trailing LB and fast approaching safety. However, Clay did have one bone headed play late in the game. On 3rd and long, inside of two minutes, with Miami trying to drain the clock and Cincinnati all out of timeouts, Clay inexplicably ran out of bounds on the catch. Short of the marker by two yards, Clay saved at least forty seconds for the Bengals with the blunder.
2012 Week 6 vs STL (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
After a silent first half, Clay saw two targets in the third quarter. Tannehill missed Clay in the flat on one occasion, taking away his chance for a second reception.
2012 Week 9 vs IND (1 / 1 / 31 / 1 rec)
The Dolphins' fullback caught one pass from Ryan Tannehill, a thirty-one yard shot up the seam that resulted in an end-zone trip. Clay hauled in a perfect pass from Tannehill on the run to put the Dolphins up by three points on Miami's first possession in the second quarter.
2012 Week 10 vs TEN (4 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Although he is a versatile H back, Clay is in a similar boat to Fasano's. Not enough targets to be on the fantasy radar. Of course he'll get open down the seam and catch a big gainer every so often, but he can't be trusted.
2012 Week 11 vs BUF (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Listed as a FB, clearly Clay is more the H-back James Casey type in the Miami offense. Clay didn't get his first target until the 2nd half and missed what could have been a huge play had Tannehill been able to make a better throw. Clay released up the seam uncovered, but Tannehill threw the pass like Clay was running a post instead of putting it on Clay's hands. Clay would get another target on the same drive, but pressure and a hit on Tannehill forced a skipped pass to Clay.
2012 Week 12 vs SEA (6 / 6 / 84 / 1 rec)
The second-year fullback had a career day against the Seahawks, totaling eighty-four receiving yards on six catches, including a highlight reel-worthy touchdown catch. With the Dolphins down by seven in the later minutes of the fourth quarter, Clay ran a wheel route out of the backfield and Seattle did not adjust its coverage. Running towards the end zone, Clay stretched out his hands to rein in a perfectly thrown pass by quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Clay's ability to control the catch allowed the Dolphins to tie the game at twenty-one all with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. While he did not record a carry, Clay added catches of eighteen and nineteen yards as Miami utilized him as a receiver all over their offensive formations.
2012 Week 13 vs NE (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Clay made the catch of the day for Miami on his first target, coming in the third quarter. Clay was tightly covered down the seam and Tannehill's throw came in behind Clay. The athletic Clay snared the pass to convert the third-and-long. It was a true highlight play. Later in the second half, Clay caught a throwback screen in the red zone for minimal yardage.
2012 Week 15 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Clay caught both of his short targets this week, but was hampered by an injury for part of the game. Other than bolstering Tannehill's production as a situational target, he has little stand-alone value.
2011 Week 7 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)
They have been trying to go deep with the FB for some reason each week and they finally connected with Clay on Sunday.
2011 Week 9 vs KC (3 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
He was used extensively and although the number 31 throws you off at first he is actually a TE-FB hybrid. His 1st catch he actually had Flowers on his hip pocket but he came out of the backfield and up the seam creating a big 1st down to get Miami going in the 2nd quarter. That play was so effective that Miami dialed it up again and Moore didn't hesitate to put the ball right on the money to him. Clay is a rookie out of Tulsa and even though Fasano got the big money scores, Clay might be a guy to monitor in dynasty formats especially those that award double points to TE receptions.
2011 Week 10 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Blocked more than he was targeted this week. Clay is a TE/FB hybrid and he simply was not dialed up very often by Moore. His reception came in the 4th quarter.
2011 Week 11 vs BUF (4 / 4 / 69 / 1 rec)
Clay was very effective as an H-back type player in the game this week and wound up leading the Dolphins in both receptions and yards from scrimmage. He made several big plays in the game, including a 46-yard catch on a deep route where he found a hole in the coverage in the first quarter. He followed that up with a 12-yard touchdown catch early in the second when he was left completely uncovered by the defense. Coming from a spread offense in Tulsa, Clay is a versatile and athletic player who looks like he is becoming a bigger part of the Dolphins offense. Unfortunately, his fantasy value is somewhat limited as long as he's listed as a RB.
2011 Week 13 vs OAK (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Wide open on a target in the 1st quarter but the Oakland DB caught up to him and jarred the bar loose. Had a TD target that was broken up but drew pass interference so that would have been a score in all likelihood. Dropped another pass later in the 2nd half.
2011 Week 15 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
Clay got the start at fullback this week and mainly helped open up holes for Reggie Bush while he gained over 200 yards on the ground. The versatile Clay came up with another huge play in the passing game, however, as he caught a ball between two defenders and ran for a 30-yard gain. That drive started on the Dolphins 48-yard line and it only took them two plays to score thanks to the great catch and run by the rookie fullback.
2011 Week 16 vs NE (3 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
Peeled down across the field and was wide open for a short TD in the 2nd quarter. That was his only catch of the day. He did not have a lot of targets but Anthony Fasano was sorely missed in this game.
2011 Week 17 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
Clay had one reception, a nice catch for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the Dolphins ahead. On the play, while Moore was scrambling left, Clay paralleled him in the end zone. The coverage slipped on the turf (a big problem all day for both teams) and Clay continued to the sideline where he snagged the ball before Jets ILB Josh Mauga could recover.