WR Mark Clayton - Los Angeles Rams
|5-11, 187||Born: 7-2-1982||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 1, pick 22|
2011 Week 11 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Clayton looked good early in this game, with a short catch that he was able to turn into a longer play after he eluded the defender. His stat-line doesn't show it, but after a long time out due to injury, he's beginning to look like he's ready to contribute more. He did have one bad play as a very catchable ball bounced off of his chest late in the game and was nearly intercepted.
2010 Week 1 vs ARI (16 / 10 / 119 / 0 rec)
Bradford had previously worked out with Clayton in the offseason and it showed today. Clayton was a reliable and go to receiver for Bradford, running every route in the route tree reliably. Clayton used his great speed and quickness to gain great separation from defenders, and provide Bradford a reliable target to move the chains. He was a big safety valve for Bradford all day and is a true weapon for him . He had one drop on a third down that would have resulted in a first down, but made up for it with a circus catch over the shoulder for 39 yards. The Cardinals put different corners on Clayton to try and slow him, but his combination of superb hands and quickness gave him a productive day. Clayton is clearly going to be the #1 WR on this team and a must start.
2010 Week 2 vs OAK (5 / 2 / 24 / 2 rec)
Clayton's day was saved simply because he was the lucky one near the endzone twice. As Bradford matures, however, Clayton will only continue to get better. For a guy who has been on the roster for just a bit longer than the NFL regular season has been going on, he looks very capable and clearly has a good rapport with Bradford.
2010 Week 3 vs WAS (6 / 5 / 85 / 0 rec)
Clayton was not targeted much but he made the most of his opportunities and clearly looks like the most talented receiver on the team. His first catch did not come until there was five minutes left in the first half. On Bradford's touchdown, he looked like he was going to be the #1 option but was knocked down coming across the formation. Later, he made a terrific leaping reception out of bounds at the 1 yard line. His longest play was a pass to flat where the defender slipped.
2010 Week 4 vs SEA (14 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
The de facto #1 receiver for the Rams continues to play like one, as Clayton masterfully worked the sidelines and made a sick snag on a high ball to buy the Rams two more minutes of clock time as the game was winding down in the fourth quarter. He also had the catch of the game on a perfect adjustment to a deep ball over the shoulder. Everything he is doing is garnering more trust from his QB, so Clayton's fantasy value is no mirage.
2010 Week 5 vs DET (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Unfortunately for Clayton, a knee injury took him out of the game early. On the play, his knee seemed to give way and he collapsed to the turf.
2009 Week 1 vs KC (9 / 5 / 77 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Clayton rebounded from yet another injury, this one a hamstring problem from the preseason, with a very strong game in Week 1. Clayton led all Ravens with five catches, 77 yards and a pretty touchdown on the longest play of the game for Baltimore, a 31-yard rainbow of a pass from Flacco that hit a leaping Clayton at the goal line for the score. Clayton exploited a weak secondary and helped Flacco to his best career passing day. The challenge will be higher against the Chargers next week but Clayton makes for a nice flex option in deeper WR leagues.
2009 Week 2 vs SD (4 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Mark Clayton followed up his strong Week 1 performance with a bit of a clunker in Week 2. He caught just one pass for 20 yards, and he was targeted on just one deep ball.
2009 Week 3 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)
Clayton and Flacco missed on a couple of routes or his numbers might have looked better. He was also used on two rushing attempts, one a decent gainer on an endaround.
2009 Week 4 vs NE (10 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Clayton was quiet until the final drive of the game, and then the Ravens probably wished he had stayed quiet when he dropped a pass that would have given them first and goal by letting it get to his body and worrying about the oncoming defender. Clayton was targeted on two fades in the end zone, but got open on neither. He is looking very average.
2009 Week 5 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Clayton was the Ravens' most targeted wide receiver against Cincinnati. He was able to gain separation on timing routes and got behind the defense late in the game but Flacco overthrew him on what should have been a long touchdown pass.
2009 Week 6 vs MIN (8 / 3 / 57 / 1 rec)
Mark Clayton only had three receptions in this game, but he made them count. On his TD reception, Flacco rolled out under a ton of pressure and threw a rainbow to Clayton's side of the field that was a bit short. Clayton adjusted and caught the ball, dodged the defender and scored on a 32 yard play to start the Ravens' fourth quarter comeback. Clayton had two additional receptions for first downs, and was targeted a few other times on medium and longer passes, but was well defended for most of the night.
2009 Week 8 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Clayton was able to haul in a few passes against cornerback Andre Goodman. He provided Flacco with a reliable target, and even picked up a few yards on a double reverse. The Ravens were trying to slow down the Broncos pass rush, and tossing in a trick play here and there will always do that. In the 3rd quarter Clayton was able to take a short pass and turn it into a 17-yard gain with good run after the catch ability and determination.
2009 Week 9 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Clayton caught one pass on a sideline pattern of medium depth and was targeted on a second deep ball that was intercepted.
2009 Week 10 vs CLE (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Clayton had an early target that he dropped, or else it could have been a big gain (maybe even a long TD) if he had made the first tackler miss. He can be dropped in leagues of every format as the Ravens are moving towards a run-heavy offense.
2009 Week 11 vs IND (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Clayton was targeted a couple of times in week 11, pulling in a single catch of 10 yards. Like the majority of the Ravens passing attack, he has not been himself since the bye week.
2009 Week 12 vs PIT (10 / 7 / 129 / 0 rec)
Clayton broke out of his season long doldrums with his best game of the year. Clayton was targeted early by QB Joe Flacco, going up and grabbing two straight passes. He later caught a lofty 54 yard pass from Flacco late in the 2nd quarter that he literally had to stop and wait for. Clayton was not perfect on the game however; he had a costly fumble in the 3rd quarter when he didn't secure the ball well after a nice catch. He set season high marks for catches and yards during the game. Head coach John Harbaugh has been vocal to QB Joe Flacco recently about spreading the ball around a bit more to his other targets. It's possible that Clayton could see a small uptick in production as the season winds down.
2009 Week 13 vs GB (7 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Clayton actually had a better game than his weak stat line. He was interfered with on a deep target after a nice double move on Tramon Williams, but it wasn't called. He also drew a long pass interference penalty earlier in the game. He was targeted on the ill-fated flea flicker, and he also broke a tackle to make a nice gain. Late in the contest, Flacco started to look to Demetrius Williams more on the deep balls in a troubling development for Clayton's owners.
2009 Week 16 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mark Clayton was active in Week 16, but that was more of an official designation than a description of his involvement in the game for the Ravens. Clayton did not have any targets or catches against the Steelers as Baltimore most likely only active as a backup plan just in case another Raven wide receiver was injured.
2009 Week 17 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Clayton caught a single slant route reception in the 4th quarter for 7 yards and saw a couple of other targets this week.
2009 Week 18 vs NE (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Clayton went up to catch a high pass from Flacco on a long third-down to keep the game-clinching drive going, but otherwise gathered dust like the rest of the Ravens passing game.
2008 Week 1 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec, 1 / 42 / 1 rush)
With the Ravens trying not to force their rookie QB Joe Flacco to do too much, it was difficult for Clayton or any of the Baltimore receivers to make much noise in the passing game. While Flacco did target Clayton once on a deep pass where he had his defender beaten, Flacco failed to provide enough of a lead to allow Clayton to take the ball in stride. As a result, instead of a likely 70 yard TD, the throw went into the books as an incompletion. With the lack of opportunities in the passing game, it was up to Clayton to use the running game to pad his stats this day, and pad them he did with a nice 42 yard run down the left sideline on a double reverse late in the first quarter.
2008 Week 3 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Clayton caught both short passes thrown to him, but was unable to haul in a deep pass that was just out of his reach
2008 Week 4 vs PIT (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
WR Mark Clayton was very quiet in the loss but did take one end-around handoff for the Ravens.
2008 Week 5 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
With QB Joe Flacco struggling all day, Clayton had difficulty making any real impact. The lone notable exception was a late second quarter leaping grab along the right sideline for 19 yards. Unfortunately, this catch accounted for more than half of Clayton's total receiving yards. As has been the case all season, Clayton was able to supplement these receiving yards with a rushing attempt, but this nine yard end-around scamper was hardly enough to make up for his mediocre totals elsewhere.
2008 Week 6 vs IND (6 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Despite the need for Baltimore to be taking shots down the field early, Clayton was rarely looked to and ended the day with only the barest impact on the stats sheet.
2008 Week 7 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Clayton was only targeted twice in the entire game, and both came in the second quarter. While he was unable to haul in the first toss his way, he was able to convert the second; turning it into a decent thirteen yard gain.
2008 Week 8 vs OAK (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Clayton was active for week eight despite being listed as questionable. He did not manage to contribute anything and was only targeted once. It is still unclear on whether the reason he was listed on the injury report had anything to do with his poor day.
2008 Week 9 vs CLE (11 / 4 / 87 / 1 rec)
Clayton saw 11 targets, the most he has seen this year. Most of them were downfield against fairly good coverage, but he did beat the secondary for a 47 yard touchdown reception early in the game. He was very involved in the passing game and seemed to have the confidence of Joe Flacco.
2008 Week 10 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
While Clayton ended the day with a thoroughly pedestrian three receptions for 40 yards, Clayton was only one fantastic defensive play away from notching a score. Late in the third quarter Clayton had a 38 yard TD at his fingertips, but the Texans' Eugene Robinson, streaking across the field, arrived just in time, and disrupted Clayton just enough, to send the ball bouncing to the turf.
2008 Week 11 vs NYG (3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)
Clayton was a non factor for most of the day as he only grabbed one ball for ten yards.
2008 Week 12 vs PHI (7 / 2 / 76 / 1 rec)
Though he caught only two of his team high seven targets, Clayton made sure that he made the most of those receptions. On the first Clayton went a long way toward setting up a Baltimore field goal when he ran a 15 yard comeback route and turned it into a 23 yard gain. He improved on this effort early in the fourth quarter when he blew by the coverage on a short slant, easily captured QB Joe Flacco's six yard pass, and then burned down the field with no defenders near him for a 53 yard TD.
2008 Week 13 vs CIN (7 / 5 / 164 / 1 rec)
Clayton had an excellent game with a couple of highlight reel catches both on go routes. The first play, he made a diving catch while seemingly grasping only the back half of the football to haul in the long reception. The second play he blew past his defender and made a circus one handed catch in stride. He was able to stay up right and in bounds to score from 70 yards out. Clayton also hit the score sheet on an end around where took the handoff and promptly threw the ball downfield to find a streaking and wide open Derrick Mason for a 30 yard touchdown.
2008 Week 14 vs WAS (5 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
QB Joe Flacco tried to hit WR Mark Clayton deep down field for a sure touchdown but Clayton became tangled up with the defender and the referees ruled that it was incidental contact. Clayton also took one handoff in the fourth quarter.
2008 Week 15 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Mark Clayton did what he could with his targets. It wasn't an impressive performance. This was due to Joe Flacco not having the time to throw the ball.
2008 Week 16 vs DAL (6 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Mark Clayton started at one wide out position and was the main target of the passing game while Derrick Mason was out injured for a short period in the first half. Clayton was able to get open against a defense that played mostly zone coverage, and was a reliable target with one of his missed opportunities on a play where the defender had to make an excellent play to knock the ball out in the end zone, preventing a touchdown.
2008 Week 17 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 128 / 0 rec)
Clayton had his second 100 yard game of the season finishing with four catches for 128 yards. He was kept out of the end zone, but found himself open on several occasions. He had a long catch of 48 yards.
2008 Week 18 vs MIA (8 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Clayton was targeted the most, but Flacco missed him several times, including two deep passes that were just out of Clayton's reach. Clayton ran six intermediate or deep routes when he was targeted, getting open on most of them, but none of the passes were within his reach.
2008 Week 19 vs TEN (6 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)
Clayton did not see many balls thrown in his direction, but he was used as the deep receiver in the passing game. His first target was almost a reception, but he had stepped out of bounds as he came down with the ball. After not being able to come up with the second target on a deep ball, he was able to catch a pass while being double covered inside the ten yard line. He was able to catch the ball when the defender in front of him slipped and the defender behind him tripped before the ball arrived. Clayton caught the ball and spun around, attempting to get into the end zone before other defenders arrived on the scene but was unable to do so and was tackled at the five. His final reception was also important as it was an eight yard catch that set the team up in position for the game winning field goal.
2008 Week 20 vs PIT (9 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
Clayton was targeted on intermediate or deep throws six times, but was unable to come up with any big plays. Some of the passes were thrown out of his reach, others were deflected by a Pittsburgh defender and the one he caught was ruled out of bounds.
2007 Week 1 vs CIN (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Clayton was nearly a forgotten man in this game, finishing with no catches. McNair did give him an end zone look in the fourth quarter, but the pass was overthrown. Clayton has been struggling with an ankle injury but came into this game as probable and did not seem limited.
2007 Week 2 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Clayton was rarely targeted and proved to be a non-factor in the game. He was questionable earlier in the week with his injured ankle, but it was unclear if the injury was the cause of his low numbers. Clayton was targeted twice; he lost a yard on a wide receiver screen that was easily sniffed out by the New York defense and had no chance on a late game pass that was tipped halfway between Boller and himself.
2007 Week 3 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Clayton seemed to finally be fully healthy, as he got the start and had his best numbers of 2007 so far. He was McNair's second most targeted pass catcher, and saw a couple of looks from Boller as well. Clayton made some nice catches, using his hands to snatch the ball out of the air. His catches went mostly for short yardage gains, as he was second on the team in receptions, but only fourth in receiving yardage.
2007 Week 4 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Clayton's three receptions came late in the game, when the Browns were playing prevent defense. He was quiet for most of the game and was used largely as a third option in the passing game.
2007 Week 5 vs SF (4 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Clayton was targeted four times, catching one pass for five yards. Bad throws by McNair resulted in the other three incomplete passes. Clayton was mainly used on short patterns, though that could be said for the entire Ravens receiving corps. He was used primarily as a slot receiver.
2007 Week 6 vs STL (5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Clayton looked fine on his catches, but Boller was not able to put the ball on the money the other times he was targeted. In addition, he is now losing important looks to Demetrius Williams (6:5, but 3:0 in the second half).
2007 Week 7 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Clayton was second on the team with five receptions for 49 yards. His long gain was a 26 yard strike from Boller. Otherwise, he caught passes for modest gains. Clayton took a handoff on an apparent end around, but instead attempted a pass and missed by a whisker of throwing a touchdown pass to Kyle Boller
2007 Week 9 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Clayton only had one catch for six yards in the first half and would only add two more catches for six more yards.
2007 Week 10 vs CIN (12 / 8 / 107 / 0 rec)
Clayton had one of his occasional high target, high reception games that owners hope for but receive on too rare of occasion. Clayton posted eight catches for 107 yards as the most effective receiver on the day for the Baltimore Ravens.
2007 Week 12 vs SD (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Clayton was mostly an afterthought in the passing game. He caught two of his four passes for medium gains.
2007 Week 13 vs NE (3 / 1 / 52 / 0 rec)
Clayton was not targeted often by Boller, but he did come up with a catch on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the game, however Boller did not get it into the end zone due to the wind, and they ended up two yards short of the upset.
2007 Week 14 vs IND (9 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec)
Clayton led the Ravens in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. Kyle Boller appears to have a real affinity for him. His 90 yards were more at least triple the amount any other Ravens receiver had.
2007 Week 15 vs MIA (6 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Clayton received five of his targets with Troy Smith at quarterback. Both of his catches came off the arm of Smith.
2007 Week 16 vs SEA (7 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Clayton was Troy Smith's second favorite target, but he only managed to haul in three of his looks, and two of those came in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach. Clayton was targeted deep a few times, and had at least one drop.
2007 Week 17 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Clayton was mostly quiet in the victory but he did make a great leaping grab on the first drive of the game for Baltimore on a pass which was deflected.
2006 Week 1 vs TB (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / -8 / 0 rush)
Clayton was targeted four times, finishing with two receptions for 18 yards. He did have one rushing attempt, losing eight yards on an end around.
2006 Week 2 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
Clayton's only catch came on a 30 yard completion late in the fourth quarter during garbage time as the Ravens had the game rapped up and were running out the clock.
2006 Week 3 vs CLE (11 / 8 / 74 / 0 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)
After a pair of quiet games to open the season, Clayton responded by being targeted on McNair's first four passes, and another three times on the game winning drive. He showed good hands, especially on a play across the middle late in the game, and appeared to have his timing down with McNair in this game.
2006 Week 4 vs SD (6 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
It won't show up in the stat sheet, but Clayton came up big with two key receptions that kept the Ravens moving downfield on their final possession. While it was Derrick Mason who saw much of the early action, Clayton was a guy who Steve McNair saw fit to trust in huge spots with the game on the line.
2006 Week 5 vs DEN (8 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)
Clayton was the most targeted wide receiver for the Ravens. He caught a six yard pass on the Ravens' second drive of the game, leading to a field goal and their only points of the game. None of his receptions gained more than eight yards. Clayton was the intended receiver on both of McNair's interceptions in the second half, but Clayton was not responsible.
2006 Week 6 vs CAR (10 / 5 / 101 / 2 rec)
Clayton happened to be in the right place at the right time, catching a tipped pass in the back of the end zone for his first touchdown, and later a tipped pass over the middle for which he ran for most of the 62 yards after the catch. Clayton may be credited with 11 targets if you count the two deflected balls which he caught.
2006 Week 8 vs NO (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Clayton's only reception came at the end of the first quarter. QB Steve McNair utilized play action to freeze the linebackers on the play allowing Clayton to work back to the ball in front of the safety. It was a tough catch as McNair put the ball up high and Clayton knew he was going to take a shot on the play. His only other target was a deep jump ball down the right sideline. He got behind the defense, but QB Steve McNair wasn't able to get enough on the pass because a defensive lineman on the play was leveling him.
2006 Week 9 vs CIN (13 / 8 / 73 / 0 rec)
QB Steve McNair leaned on Clayton on third downs. His first four targets all came on third downs on short slants and outs converting three into first downs. Clayton dropped what would have been a fourth conversion. He was targeted on two deep passes just before halftime as the Ravens were looking to move down the field quickly to get into field goal range. He opened up the second half with a quick hitch at the line of scrimmage for a short gain, but followed that up on their next possession with a great leaping grab back across his body on a deep in.
2006 Week 10 vs TEN (14 / 7 / 125 / 1 rec, 2 / -7 / 0 rush)
Clayton's involvement in the offense continued to grow, with the youngster catching seven passes for 125 yards and a score from 65 yards out. He tied Mason with a team high 14 targets.
2006 Week 11 vs ATL (8 / 5 / 89 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
Clayton was McNair's most targeted wide receiver and led the Ravens with 89 receiving yards. 42 of those yards came on one reception on a nicely thrown McNair deep pass. Clayton was targeted deep down the right sideline, but could only get one hand on the pass. However, the play resulted in a pass interference call. Clayton also dropped a pass in the game. Clayton lined up a couple of times in the backfield and had one rushing attempt. The Falcon defense was not fooled and stopped Clayton for a five yard loss.
2006 Week 12 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Clayton has had the hot hand lately, but cooled off with just two receptions. His long of 18 came on the opening drive on a deep out pattern to put Baltimore near the red zone. TE Todd Heap scored two plays later. Clayton also caught a 13 yards pass to help set up RB Jamal Lewis' touchdown run in the second quarter.
2006 Week 13 vs CIN (8 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Clayton caught a short pass in the second quarter, but it was his only catch of the first half against the Bengals in Week 13. He was defended well on his next target by DB Johnathan Joseph, and his next two targets of the third quarter were inaccurate throws. Clayton caught three of his four fourth quarter targets, all for short yardage, but his final two targets were both on key fourth downs. Clayton converted a fourth and ten just before the touchdown to WR Derrick Mason. The last catch was for 13 yards and was his longest play of the game.
2006 Week 14 vs KC (8 / 5 / 112 / 1 rec)
Clayton was McNair's favorite target and came through strongly justifying his quarterback's trust. He collected five passes for 112 yards and his speed helped him break away on the only passing touchdown of the day for the Ravens, an 87 yard completion from Steve McNair.
2006 Week 15 vs CLE (3 / 1 / 42 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Clayton did not catch a pass until the final five minutes of the game, a 42 yard pass down the right sideline to the opponent's six yard line. The Browns challenged despite no evidence to suggest otherwise, as they were seeking to prevent allowing the game to grow to a two score deficit.
2006 Week 16 vs PIT (10 / 7 / 108 / 1 rec)
Clayton had a huge first quarter for the Ravens with five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. His first two receptions of the game were 14 yards each, followed by a 20 yard pick up on his third grab. Clayton scored late in the first quarter on a deep post pattern as he clearly beat Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu for a 35 yard touchdown. He had one of his best games for the season with seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. Five of his receptions went for first downs for the Ravens. Clayton did have a target that he couldn't come down with tip off his hands for an interception which led to the only points for the Steelers.
2006 Week 17 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Clayton was only targeted three times in the game. The first was caught for a 20 yard gain and a first down. He was then targeted deep but could not make the catch. Clayton attempted a pass on the Ravens' fourth possession of the first half, but he threw the ball out of bounds wide of the end zone while looking for Todd Heap. Clayton had a six yard reception on his only target of the second half.
2006 Week 19 vs IND (8 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)
Clayton proved to be the Ravens' biggest threat in the passing game. He caught all three of his targets in the first half, including one for a 19 yard gain and a first down. He dropped his first target of the second half, but then had another 19 yard reception on a deep throw from McNair. Clayton was targeted deep on the following drive and made the catch for a 48 yard gain before fumbling away possession. The play was negated by a penalty. Clayton caught one more deep pass, gaining 21 yards on the play. He was much more involved than Derrick Mason, and ended the day with more targets than any other Ravens' player.
2005 Week 1 vs IND (8 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)
Clayton didn't see action until the end of the second quarter, but received substantial action in the second half as the game went out of reach. He was a favored target of QB Anthony Wright, who replaced Kyle Boller after his injury. Clayton showed the shiftiness and quickness that was his trademark at the University of Oklahoma. He worked a series of short passes into gains of around ten yards consistently.
2005 Week 2 vs TEN (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Clayton came in later on in the game after starter Clarence Moore struggled. He was the target of a pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, which essentially ended the game. He once again showed better hands than Moore, although that isn't saying much.
2005 Week 4 vs NYJ (4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Clayton saw his first start of the season after proving to be far more effective than counterpart Clarence Moore in the first two games. Clayton wasn't able to do much though, catching only one of his four targets for a measly four yards. He was covered by David Barrett most of the day.
2005 Week 5 vs DET (6 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Clayton was the secondary receiving target for Wright, but only managed to snag three of them for receptions. He was the target on Wright's first interception.
2005 Week 6 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Clayton left the game with a sprained ankle in the first half after a fifteen yard touchdown run on a direct snap was nullified due to a holding penalty. The severity of the sprain was not clear, but the rookie did not return to the game.
2005 Week 10 vs JAX (5 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Clayton contributed minimally. He was the target on a Kyle Boller interception.
2005 Week 11 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
The rookie had his best day since opening week. He led the team with 43 yards on four receptions. He was targeted twice in the end zone from 45 and 31 yards on Baltimore's first field goal drive and nearly made a leaping catch on the former.
2005 Week 12 vs CIN (8 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Clayton made a five yard reception during the Ravens' opening drive. He gained six yards on an end around carry.
2005 Week 13 vs HOU (11 / 7 / 86 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Clayton was Boller's favorite target in the game. His seven catch, 70 yard day was the best in his young career. He gained five yards on an end around run.
2005 Week 14 vs DEN (10 / 7 / 105 / 1 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Clayton had a solid game, as he was thrown to ten times, coming down with seven of those for 105 yards and a late touchdown from 39 yards out.
2005 Week 15 vs GB (5 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec, 3 / 14 / 1 rush)
Clayton continued to look impressive, despite only catching two passes. He was utilized more in the running game, and even scored on an 11 yard dash. On the play he lined up in the shotgun formation as the quarterback, took the ball to the right, and scooted along the sideline for the touchdown.
2005 Week 16 vs MIN (10 / 5 / 90 / 1 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
The Ravens attempted to get the ball to Clayton quickly out of the backfield similar to what they did last week. He lined up in the backfield during the opening Baltimore drive and QB Kyle Boller attempted to sling a swing pass to him, but a defensive lineman knocked the ball down. Baltimore ran another play designed to get Clayton the ball out of the backfield in the second half as well, but it went nowhere. Clayton ended the first half by catching three balls setting up the field goal by K Matt Stover. On the opening drive of the third quarter Clayton showed great hands on a deep slant. Boller hit him with a laser that Clayton had to reach high for and snatch. The safety coming across was late and got in got in the way of the cornerback allowing Clayton to turn up field for the long touchdown. Clayton was open on another deep post, but was overthrown on the play. The defensive back held him, but the official missed the call.
2005 Week 17 vs CLE (7 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
Clayton had a six yard touchdown reception called back after Kyle Boller had scrambled and found him open for the touchdown due to Jonathan Ogden being illegally downfield. Clayton finished the second half of the season with 32 catches for 376 yards and two receiving touchdowns, and established himself as a big time playmaker moving forward.