WR Michael Clayton - Free Agent

6-4, 197Born: 10-13-1982College: LSUDrafted: Round 1, pick

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2010 Week 12 vs JAX (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Signed just before Thanksgiving, it's no shock that Clayton was not a large portion of the offense. It may take a while for him to get up to speed and by then, Hakeem Nicks or Steve smith might be back and relegate him to the bench permanently.

2010 Week 17 vs WAS (3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Clayton only had two catches but they were notable plays. Clayton's first catch was a terrific one handed grab over the middle from a wobbly and errant pass from Manning, short of the first down but still displaying his hands and concentration. Clayton was then quiet for most of the game as Manning looked elsewhere until the fourth quarter where Clayton had a clutch 3rd and long curl route catch which gave the Giants the first down and allowed them to kill more of the clock and put the game out of reach.

2009 Week 1 vs DAL (8 / 5 / 93 / 0 rec)

Clayton kept with the "welcome back" theme in the Bucs offense. A good part of his production came on a sprawling deep catch late in the first half, and he also got catches by taking a big hit over the middle and finding a soft spot in the zone. Clayton could have had an even bigger day if it wasn't for a drop and bad throw by Leftwich on targets that saw Clayton open downfield. As usual Clayton was also important as a run blocker, getting the key block to free up Caddy's big run. He also got an end around that had a throw option that he took, but nothing was open downfield.

2009 Week 2 vs BUF (4 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Clayton couldn't take advantage of Antonio Bryant's absence. He let one high pass bounce off his hands, and it almost got intercepted. He had a good catch and run early in the second quarter, but after that, Leftwich barely looked his way until the final stages of the game. Clayton did get a jumpball in the end zone thrown his way, but he was called for pushing off, even though he didn't make the catch.

2009 Week 3 vs NYG (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

You can drop Clayton in the same manner that he dropped a pair of passes from Josh Johnson on Sunday. He did draw a pass interference on the deep ball drop, and the end zone drop was on a Josh Johnson fastball, but it's clear that Clayton is still the same mediocre talent we've seen lately, not the top talent we saw in his standout rookie year.

2009 Week 4 vs WAS (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clayton had a nice day as a run blocker, but he dropped one of his targets, and got hit right away on another. With Bryant back, he's an afterthought in this passing offense.

2009 Week 5 vs PHI (12 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Michael Clayton continues to disappoint as the second wideout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Clayton had a dozen targets but several drops, including a deep target on the first offensive play for Tampa Bay and another key one early in the contest on a fourth down and two in borderline field goal range. Until he can get rid of the drop issue and start making more of his targets, Clayton has to be kept on fantasy benches and most likely even off of everyone's roster.

2009 Week 6 vs CAR (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Clayton could not seem to get open, though Johnson did try to get the ball to him anyway. One of the passes thrown to him was a costly interception. It wasn't his fault necessarily, but it was indicative of how his day went.

2009 Week 7 vs NE (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clayton was targeted deep once, but overthrown. His big problem is that he never seems to gain any separation on the defensive backs.

2009 Week 9 vs GB (3 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)

Clayton was the designated deep target, and he got behind the defense more than once. One of his deep targets was overthrown by Freeman when Clayton didn't have another soul around him for at least 15 yards. He had a step on the DB on the other deep target, but once again, it was overthrown. The one deep target he finally did convert was on an underthrown deep ball that he adjusted to, which set up the game-winning TD. Clayton has a chance to have some explosive games with Freeman at the helm if Antonio Bryant has trouble coming back from his latest setback to his surgically repaired knee.

2009 Week 10 vs MIA (4 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Clayton only had one reception for three yards against Miami and is clearly 3rd on the pecking order in the passing game behind Kellen Winslow and Maurice Stovall. Clayton was also involved in a strange play in the first half wherein he caught the ball, landed on his back, and the ball came loose to be snatched up by a Miami defender and run in to the endzone. The call was reversed on replay.

2009 Week 11 vs NO (2 / 1 / 18 / 1 rec)

Clayton "pitched a tent" in the corner of the end zone for his TD catch, as one of the announcing team put it, but otherwise, he wasn't heard from. He shouldn't be rostered in any leagues with less than 16 teams or 24-man rosters.

2009 Week 12 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clayton hurt his knee early in the game, but you couldn't tell he was out because he wasn't having much of an effect on the outcome of Bucs games when he was healthy.

2009 Week 16 vs NO (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Clayton had one short catch during the two-minute drill in his return to the lineup, but otherwise wasn't targeted.

2008 Week 3 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

Michael Clayton was not a part of the game plan in the whole first half. In the second half he became a huge target for Brian Griese and was a major part of Tampa Bay moving the ball. Clayton was working hard to get free and made some hard catches. Griese to Clayton was starting to create some chemistry. This was the same combination that Clayton had in his rookie season. He did very well for playing primarily in the second half only.

2008 Week 4 vs GB (6 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Clayton showed good effort on his longest play from scrimmage when he hauled in a short pass, made a move to make a defender miss and then plowed his way forward for a gain of twelve. He was the intended receiver on a pass near the Packers' goal line, but he was only able to take the short pass down to the Green Bay five yard line. Clayton's day could have been a little bit better, but he dropped a short pass that hit him in the hands where it appeared he could have taken it for a longer gain. In addition to his pass catching duties, he also received an end around rush that went for a gain of four yards.

2008 Week 5 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Clayton was targeted four times and recorded three catches for 26 yards. He was targeted three times on third downs, and had one reception called back for penalty. All three of his catches resulted in Tampa Bay first downs.

2008 Week 6 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

Clayton caught both passes thrown his way for 29 yards and continued to show signs of the skill set he showed as a rookie. He ran crisp routes and did a great job blocking in the running game, but he just doesn't get the opportunities in the passing game.

2008 Week 7 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

Clayton caught all three balls thrown his way. He showed good hands and some ability to be a good possession receiver.

2008 Week 8 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Clayton did not make his presence felt until the second half as Garcia looked to other receivers first. During the second half he was able to turn his limited targets into three receptions. Good field presence was shown as he picked a ball out of the air for a short gain on a pass that was batted up by one of the Cowboys defensive lineman.

2008 Week 9 vs KC (5 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Michael Clayton finished with four receptions for 57 yards on five targets and had three first down receptions that included a big 29 yard catch and run in overtime to help Tampa Bay get into field goal range. On the play, Clayton made a number of Kansas City defenders miss and looked like he did as a rookie.

2008 Week 11 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Clayton received five targets and finished with three receptions for 36 yards.

2008 Week 12 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clayton started the game but was not targeted.

2008 Week 13 vs NO (4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Clayton was targeted four times and finished with three receptions for 29 yards. He did lose a fumble on one of his receptions, where New Orleans LB Jonathan Vilma ripped the ball away from Clayton following the catch.

2008 Week 14 vs CAR (3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Clayton had only one catch for 15 yards in the game as WR Antonio Bryant accounted for most of the Buccaneers offense from the passing game.

2008 Week 15 vs ATL (6 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)

Clayton was targeted six times and finished with three receptions for 41 yards. He was targeted twice on third downs, and one pass thrown his way was picked off by Atlanta.

2008 Week 16 vs SD (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Clayton had a modest two receptions, neither of which made a terribly significant impact on the outcome of the game.

2008 Week 17 vs OAK (5 / 2 / 87 / 1 rec)

Michael Clayton was targeted five times, and finished with two receptions for 87 yards and a 58 yard touchdown reception. Three of his targets came on third downs, and one came on a crucial fourth down play that landed incomplete and ended Tampa Bay's season.

2007 Week 1 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Clayton was targeted just three times, catching one pass for 11 yards.

2007 Week 2 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clayton did not contribute in the box score, getting no targets for the game, but made a huge block on the Galloway 69 yard touchdown to help spring his teammate free. His absence in the offense is definitely a mystery, and it seems Ike Hilliard is doing just enough to keep Clayton behind him on the depth chart.

2007 Week 3 vs STL (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

Clayton had just one catch for 12 yards, and dropped a ball on his only other target of the game that would have been a big gain. QB Jeff Garcia came right back to Clayton following the drop, and he came down with the 12 yard reception. Following the play, Garcia slapped Clayton in the helmet, possibly in an attempt to help his confidence. Clayton did not get any looks after that, and his absence in the offense continues.

2007 Week 4 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Clayton caught one pass for 13 yards. His only other target was near the Carolina goal line. The pass was incomplete and the drive ended in a Tampa field goal.

2007 Week 6 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 53 / 0 rec)

Clayton was targeted three times in the game, catching two passes for 53 yards. He showed some of the skill that was there during his rookie season, but just doesn't seem to be involved much in the offensive scheme to make a big impact.

2007 Week 11 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clayton was active for the game, but was not targeted.

2007 Week 12 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clayton was not a factor in the game, getting one target and finishing without a reception.

2007 Week 13 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 20 / 0 rush)

Clayton did not register a catch, and did not receive a target, but had one rush for 20 yards. He was also used in the kick return game, and had a costly late hit penalty blocking downfield on a running play.

2007 Week 14 vs HOU (6 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

For the first time this year, Michael Clayton looked healthy. He totaled just four receptions for 39 yards, but when he did have the ball in his hands, he showed some of the playmaking ability that has been missing for a few years now. Clayton was targeted six times in the game with two third down targets.

2007 Week 15 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Clayton was targeted three times and finished with two receptions for 22 yards. Clayton also had one rush for no gain.

2007 Week 16 vs SF (11 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)

Michael Clayton finished with five receptions for 71 yards, and was the most targeted Buccaneer receiver, getting a team high 12 looks. Clayton did drop a few passes, and more importantly, came down out of bounds on the potential game tying two point conversion attempt. While he made a few mistakes, he finally looked like something similar to the player he was as a rookie, and may have given the coaching staff a reason to have a little more confidence in him from here on out.

2007 Week 17 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)

With Joey Galloway watching from the sidelines, Clayton was the most targeted Buccaneers receiver, getting eight looks as he finished with five receptions for 60 yards.

2007 Week 18 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

Clayton finished with three receptions for 39 yards on five targets. Two of his receptions resulted in Tampa Bay first downs, but one intended pass for Clayton was picked off by the Giants for one of their two interceptions.

2006 Week 1 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)

Clayton led Tampa Bay in targets with seven, but finished with only three receptions for 34 yards. He seems to be over his injuries from last year, but was unable to find much room in the open field.

2006 Week 2 vs ATL (9 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)

Clayton was targeted nine times, finishing with five receptions for 62 yards.

2006 Week 3 vs CAR (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Clayton made his first reception on a third down slant route in the third quarter. He did a nice job of securing the ball knowing he was about to get popped by the safety after making the catch. He was clearly the second option in the passing game as QB Chris Simms first option is almost always towards WR Joey Galloway.

2006 Week 5 vs NO (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec, 1 / 27 / 0 rush)

Clayton continues to be overshadowed in the passing game, getting only four targets and catching one pass for seven yards for the game. He did have a nice 27 yard run on a double reverse play, and as always, was solid blocking downfield for Tampa Bay. His one reception did result in a first down.

2006 Week 6 vs CIN (11 / 6 / 55 / 1 rec)

Clayton called for the ball earlier in the week, and someone on the Buccaneers' coaching staff must have been listening. He was targeted eleven times, catching six passes for 55 yards, including an eight yard touchdown on fourth down with 43 seconds left to give the Buccaneers the lead. The play was called incomplete, reviewed and eventually reversed, giving Tampa Bay the touchdown, and the victory.

2006 Week 7 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Clayton caught three balls for 30 yards, leading Tampa Bay in both categories. After a pass intended for him was batted away at the line, he added a five yard catch in the second quarter. Clayton added a five yard and a 14 yard catch in the second quarter, the second good enough for a first down. After adding an 11 yard catch in the fourth period for another first down, he was targeted one last time on an uncatchable pass. He also added a four yard end around in the final period of the contest.

2006 Week 8 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

This was probably a game Clayton will want to forget. He touched the ball twice. The first time he dropped a deep pass in the end zone. The second touch was a catch and fumble after eight yards. The ball was knocked backwards and resulted in a turnover on downs since it was a fourth down play. The net result was a catch for four yards.

2006 Week 9 vs NO (7 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Clayton was targeted seven times, and finished with four receptions for 38 yards. He was open on a few plays that Gradkowski just missed him on, one coming on a fourth down conversion attempt. He also rushed the ball one time for two yards.

2006 Week 10 vs CAR (7 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Clayton dropped a pass on the opening play of the game. He did manage to convert a third down on the opening drive, catching a 16 yard pass. Clayton had another short gain and was targeted five times in the first half. The last came when Gradkowski looked deep for Clayton, but the pass was overthrown and intercepted by Shaun Williams. Clayton was only targeted twice in the second half. The first pass was uncatchable and Clayton dropped the second. He also got into a fight with Chris Gamble at one point but no action was taken against either player.

2006 Week 11 vs WAS (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Clayton continues to be an afterthought in the Buccaneers' offense, catching just one ball for 14 yards on the only ball thrown in his direction.

2006 Week 12 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Clayton had only two targets against Dallas, both for short yardage. He picked up a nine yard catch in the first quarter, and then was relatively absent until the fourth period, where he gained ten yards and a first down on the only other pass that came in his direction.

2006 Week 13 vs PIT (5 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Clayton was the recipient of QB Bruce Gradkowski's first completion for 21 yards late in the first quarter over the middle but the drive ended on an interception the very next play. He also had catches of 16, 11 and nine yards, but should have had a 39 yard touchdown pass had he not let the perfect pass bounce right off his hands in stride in the third quarter. His 11 yarder helped make up for it to put Tampa at the Steelers' three yard line, but Gradkowski was intercepted in the end zone two plays later. Clayton also picked up a first down with a three yard run on a pseudo end around / pitch out.

2005 Week 1 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)

Clayton looked like he was ready to have another great year, as Griese started looking his way in the second quarter. He had one more target than Galloway so he could end up losing some receptions to Galloway who is also a viable option at receiver. His best play was a 41 yard reception after he spun off of his defender and ran down to the 16 yard line, which set up a Buccaneers' touchdown.

2005 Week 2 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 84 / 0 rec)

Clayton was by far Griese's favorite target catching six of the nine targets. Griese found Clayton on a floater that Clayton caught but was stopped at the one. In the third Clayton split two defenders to make a 30 yard catch to get the Buccaneers down to the six. Clayton did not have any red zone targets.

2005 Week 3 vs GB (7 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)

Clayton shared the same number of targets with Joey Galloway, both getting eight looks from Brian Griese. He got free and gained 19 yards and a first down on the Buccaneers' opening drive. Clayton also gave a great block that enabled Anthony Becht to gain nine yards on a reception.

2005 Week 4 vs DET (4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Clayton was targeted in the end zone, but was out of bounds when he made the catch. He made a six yard catch for a third down conversion in the first quarter. Clayton was the target of Griese's third interception. He did not make another catch until the fourth quarter.

2005 Week 5 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clayton was a non factor only seeing one target thrown his way that fell incomplete.

2005 Week 6 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Clayton had another mysterious game, with only two catches for 27 yards on three targets. While he is playing hurt, fantasy owners are surely frustrated with his involvement in the offense, especially after Gruden made a point to try to get him more involved in the offense. He still does a great job blocking downfield, and is an excellent asset in the running game.

2005 Week 8 vs SF (7 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

Clayton had four catches for 30 yards, and all but one of his receptions came on short pass plays.

2005 Week 9 vs CAR (8 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Clayton was targeted eight times as Tampa fell behind and chased the game. He had a ten yard reception on their opening drive to bring up a first down. His only other reception was on third and four where he brought in the catch for a 12 yard gain. Clayton was the intended target when Chris Gamble intercepted Simms for a 61 yard touchdown. Clayton dropped two passes, one of which would have given Tampa a first down.

2005 Week 11 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)

Clayton was the only wide receiver on the team that actually caught a pass on Sunday. He caught all three passes thrown his way for 48 yards and his longest reception came in the third quarter on a 27 yard pass from Simms which eventually set up a one yard touchdown run by Mike Alstott.

2005 Week 12 vs CHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Clayton was targeted only once and did not have a reception in the game, even though he was the only wide receiver last week to catch a pass in the game.

2005 Week 14 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Clayton dropped his first target in the first quarter. He pulled in a slant on a third down in traffic for a first down midway through the second quarter.

2005 Week 15 vs NE (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Clayton is struggling in his sophomore campaign after his impressive rookie season. He had receptions of eight and eighteen yards during the second half of this game. Clayton dropped a pass on his other target, but it appeared that the defender may have hit him slightly before the ball arrived.

2005 Week 16 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Clayton continued to disappoint, finishing with one catch for 11 yards.