TE Charles Clay - Arizona Cardinals

6-3, 245Born: 2-12-1989College: TulsaDrafted: Round 6, pick 2011

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Week 6: vs Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Great matchup. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray has shown significant improvements throughout the first five weeks of the 2019 season both in his ability to process defenses and distribute the ball to his pass-catchers. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury has done a great job putting Murray in advantageous positions throughout the season thus far, and he is improving week-to-week. The success or failure of any passing game starts up front with the offensive line, and Arizona's offensive line has been impressive this season, especially compared to their struggles in 2018. Kliff Kingsbury's offenses in college were always strong at protecting the quarterback, and that has carried over to the NFL here in 2019. Larry Fitzgerald stands out as Arizona's top pass-catcher, especially in Christian Kirk's absence. Fitzgerald has led Arizona's wide receivers in targets in four out of five games this season, and he continually dominates out of the slot. Christian Kirk is questionable for this week six outing as he recovers from an ankle injury. If he does play, he will be the number-two option through the air for Murray, as Kirk has nearly matched Fitzgerald's numbers so far this season. If Kirk does not go, look to KeeSean Johnson to assume the second spot in Arizona's passing game. Johnson tallied 7 targets last weekend without Kirk, good for 22-percent of the team's available targets, his highest target-rate of the season. Running back David Johnson has also been a reliable option for Kyler Murray through the air. Averaging over six targets-per-game, Johnson is on pace to nearly-double his 2018 receiving numbers. As one of the league's fastest-paced offenses, the volume will always be there for the Arizona Cardinals' passing attack. As Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury acclimate to the NFL, look for the efficiency to improve with time as well, especially when the receiving corps returns to full-strength. Atlanta's passing defense is one of the biggest reasons for the team's struggles to open the 2019 season. Over the last three weeks, the Falcons have allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for more than 300-yards and 3-touchdowns per-game without registering a single interception. Last weekend, Deshaun Watson shredded the Atlanta secondary for 426 yards and 5 scores en route to a 53-point offensive eruption. Along the defensive line, Grady Jarrett is one of the league's premier interior pass-rushers, but sadly he has very little support elsewhere. The same holds true at linebacker, where Deion Jones ranks as one of the league's best coverage linebackers, but his supporting cast is filled with defensive liabilities against the pass. Finally, in the secondary, there is no bright spot. Not a single defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons ranks as a league-average defender against the pass this season and part of that is due to the injuries suffered to Keanu Neal and Jonathan Cyprien as well as Robert Alford departing in the offseason. Isaiah Oliver has already allowed 305 yards and 3 touchdowns in coverage this season, while Desmond Trufant has allowed 247 yards and 5 touchdowns himself. None of the Atlanta defensive backs have reached the expectations set for them in 2019, which has caused most of the defensive struggles against the pass. Head coach Dan Quinn assumed defensive coordinator duties this offseason, as that has always been his calling card as a coach, so it has to be top of mind for this defensive unit, but the question is whether they have the secondary talent to correct this issue.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
2 at BAL 15 1.0 6 0 0 0.6
3 vs CAR 25 1.0 9 0 0 0.9
4 vs SEA 17 1.0 3 0 0 0.3
5 at CIN 44 1.0 27 0 0 2.7
6 vs ATL 2.0 8 0 0 0.8
6 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds * 2.0 * * * *
6 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0.8 * * * *
6 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom * 1.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Charles Clay's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Latest News

Cardinals | Week 5 injury report for Arizona (Fri Oct 4, 06:26 PM) - Arizona Cardinals DE Zach Allen (neck), LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle) and S Charles Washington (shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 4, and have been ruled out for Week 5. OT Jordan Mills (knee) was limited during practice but will not play. LB Terrell Suggs (back) and LB Zeke Turner (hand, hamstring) did not practice and are listed as questionable. CB Tramaine Brock (back), P Andy Lee (hip) and OG Justin Pugh (shoulder) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. S Budda Baker (thigh), TE Charles Clay (non-injury), C Lamont Gaillard (knee) and DT Corey Peters (non-injury) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Cardinals | Thursday injury report from the desert (Thu Oct 3, 05:40 PM) - Arizona Cardinals DE Zach Allen (neck), WR Damiere Byrd (hamstring), LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), WR Christian Kirk (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (shoulder), S Charles Washington (shoulder), CB Tramaine Brock Sr. (back)m OL Jordan Mills (knee), LB Zeke Turner (hand/hamstring) and LB Terrell Suggs (back) didn't practice Thursday, Oct. 3. P Andy Lee (hip) was limited. DT Corey Peters (not injury related), S Budda Baker (thigh), TE Charles Clay (not injury related) and OL Lamont Gaillard (knee) were full participants.

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Cardinals | Arizona's Wednesday practice report (Wed Oct 2, 07:39 PM) - Arizona Cardinals DE Zach Allen (neck), WR Damiere Byrd (hamstring), LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), P Andy Lee (hip), DT Corey Peters (non-injury), OG Justin Pugh (shoulder) and S Charles Washington (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 2. S Budda Baker (thigh), Tramaine Brock (back), TE Charles Clay (non-injury), OT Jordan Mills (knee) and LB Zeke Turner (hand, hamstring) were limited during practice. C Lamont Gaillard (knee) fully participated in practice.

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Schedule

6vs Atlanta Falcons
7@ New York Giants
8@ New Orleans Saints
9vs San Francisco 49ers
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11@ San Francisco 49ers
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15vs Cleveland Browns
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17@ Los Angeles Rams