Charles Clay

Charles Clay

Tight End #85
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 250 lb.
Born:February 13, 1989
Drafted:2011 / Rd. 6 (174)
Draft Team:MIA

Charles Clay: Makes one catch Week 2

Clay caught one of two passes for six yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss in Baltimore.

Analysis: Clay's offensive snap share increased slightly from the season opener to Week 2, going from 16 to 25 percent. The usage hasn't lent itself to production, as he has just three targets through two games. Also hurting his cause is the scheme, which includes four and occasionally receivers on most plays. As a result, Clay likely will be a non-entity in fantasy in 2019.

September 16, 2019 2:40 PM EST

Charles Clay: Targeted once in tie

Clay caught a single pass for a five-yard gain during Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Lions.

Analysis: Though atop the depth chart, Clay ended Sunday trailing backup Maxx Williams in offensive snaps, 22 to 14. Neither total was particularly impressive, nor were their combined two targets for 20 total yards. One game of the Kliff Kingsbury era is far too small a sample size to judge and the offense certainly hit its stride in the fourth quarter and overtime, but the Cardinals used four-receiver sets at an enormous clip. If that continues, Clay's value would be diluted no matter whether he plays ahead of or behind Williams.

September 10, 2019 8:35 PM EST

Charles Clay: Makes first appearance with Cards

Clay started and played seven offensive snaps during Saturday's preseason loss at Minnesota. He finished with two catches for four yards.

Analysis: Clay earned one target on both of the Cardinals' first two drives from rookie signal-caller Kyler Murray. Elsewhere in the tight end corps, fellow first-teamer Maxx Williams didn't have a pass come his way during Clay's brief time on the field, while Ricky Seals-Jones wasn't targeted until Clay left the field. After opening training camp on the PUP list due to a knee injury, Clay appears to have locked down the top spot on the TE depth chart, but his snap count could be limited in the regular season to keep the eight-year pro healthy.

August 26, 2019 10:43 AM EST

Charles Clay: Misses second preseason game

Clay (knee) didn't play in Thursday's preseason loss to Oakland.

Analysis: Activated off the PUP list just five days prior, Clay never had much chance to suit up Thursday, but he could make it back for the third week of the preseason at Minnesota. His position atop the preseason depth chart doesn't guarantee him anything, with Ricky Seals-Jones and Maxx Williams also competing for snaps at tight end. Clay has a long history of knee injuries, and while he's played at least 13 games in each of his eight NFL seasons, he's played all 16 just once (2013).

August 16, 2019 7:23 AM EST

Charles Clay: Activated off PUP list

The Cardinals activated Clay (knee) off their phyiscally unable to perform list Sunday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Clay had been dealing with a knee injury that has forced him to miss time up until this point, but was finally cleared to practice. The 30-year-old found a new home in Arizona, after he was let go by the Bills after four seasons. Clay is expected to fit right into a starting role at tight end for the team this season, so it's great news that he's back healthy so he can start building a rapport with 2019 first-overall pick Kyler Murray.

August 11, 2019 10:31 AM EST

Charles Clay: Lands on PUP-P

Clay, who is dealing with a knee issue, was placed on the physically unable to perform list Saturday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Clay, who was released by the Bills in February following four seasons with the franchise, signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals in the offseason and is expected to be the team's starting tight end this season. The Cardinals don't report to training camp until July 24, so it's possible the veteran tight end could be ready to practice shortly after, but the PUP listing allows for Clay and the team to manage his rehab at a more manageable pace. Ricky Seals-Jones stands to benefit the most should the 30-year-old's injury linger deeper into the preseason.

July 20, 2019 1:13 PM EST

Charles Clay: Lands on feet in Arizona

Clay is signing a one-year contract with the Cardinals, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The 30-year-old tight end was released by Buffalo on Friday after playing out four seasons of a five-year, $38 million contract. He'll settle for a much smaller figure this time around, receiving a $350,000 signing bonus on a deal that maxes out at $3.25 million including incentives, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Clay likely will challenge Ricky Seals-Jones (neck) for playing time, with more help possibly on the way once the Cardinals survey the landscape during free agency and the draft. It also won't come as any surprise if the team eventually releases 30-year-old blocking specialist Jermaine Gresham.

February 19, 2019 9:27 AM EST

Charles Clay: Cut by Buffalo

Clay was released by the Bills on Friday, Joe Buscaglia of reports.

Analysis: Signed to a five-year, $38 million contract during the 2015 offseason, Clay never quite lived up to his paycheck but did start 53 games the past four seasons despite dealing with a number of injuries. Friday's transaction clears up $4.5 million on the 2019 cap sheet while leaving the Bills with Jason Croom and Logan Thomas (a restricted free agent) at tight end. Clay celebrated his 30th birthday earlier in the week and may have to settle for a part-time role on the open market.

February 15, 2019 1:38 PM EST

Charles Clay: May not return to Buffalo

Clay finished the 2018 season with just 21 catches on 36 targets for 184 yards over 13 games. He did not find the end zone.

Analysis: Clay looks nowhere near the player that was once a big problem for secondaries, as this was his lowest output since the 2012 season, production nowhere near commesurate with his five-year, $38 million contract. He still has one year left on the deal, but his numbers are so far off from what the Bills are paying for -- not to mention he's almost always on the injury report -- there's talk the Bills might let him go a year early and reboot the position.

January 6, 2019 9:30 PM EST

Charles Clay: Surprise scratch Week 16

Clay (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against New England.

Analysis: Clay has seen his workload reduced significantly during the back half of the season, as he's been targeted just five totals times since Week 8 (though a hamstring injury played at least a bit of a role in that). He's still been able to make the active roster, however, as Buffalo never had a week with both Jason Croom and Logan Thomas at 100 percent. According to Joe Buscaglia of, that tight end duo is healthy this week, leaving the 29-year-old Clay as a healthy scratch.

December 23, 2018 8:42 AM EST

Charles Clay: Shut out in Week 15 win

Clay was targeted just once in Sunday's win over the Lions and finished without a catch on 41 offensive snaps.

Analysis: Clay was a good fantasy receiver at one point in his career but those days are long over, at least in this offense. He's simply not being looked at in the passing game, with just five targets over the last three games since he returned from a hamstring injury. Clay has somehow failed to find the end zone all season, while his game high in catches is four and yardage is 40. Ouch. He signed a five-year, $38 million contract with the Bills in March of 2015, but we imagine the relationship may be coming to a close soon.

December 17, 2018 11:32 AM EST

Charles Clay: Draws season-low snap share

Clay caught one of his two targets for six yards Sunday in the Bills' 27-23 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Though the Bills were without one of the three tight ends on their roster in Jason Croom (groin), Clay still only played 42 of the team's 76 offensive snaps. That translated to a season-low 55 percent offensive snap share for the 29-year-old, who could continue to lose work to Croom and Logan Thomas over the final three weeks as the Bills look to open up opportunities for their younger options at the position. Clay is under contract through 2019 and carries a $9 million cap hit, but his shaky health and diminishing production could result in him getting cut this offseason.

December 10, 2018 11:54 AM EST

Charles Clay: Lost chance for heroism

Clay, returning after missing two games due to a hamstring injury, caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: It was the catch that didn't make that stands out, as Clay was wide open in the end zone with seconds left and the Bills training by four. Josh Allen's pass fluttered too much and Clay couldn't come up with, though it would have been a great catch had he dove and help on. Clay may be close to healthy again, but with an awful 20-178-0 line on the season, he can pretty much be safely ignored in fantasy play.

December 2, 2018 5:57 PM EST

Charles Clay: Cleared for return

Clay (hamstring) is active Sunday against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Clay was able to return to practice on a limited basis this week, paving the way for a return to the field for the first time since Week 9. He saw steady work in the offense from Week 2 through Week 8, catching at least one pass in each game, but never surpassing 40 receiving yards and failing to reach the endzone. It's unclear how the Bills plan to work Clay into their game plan at this time which makes him a bit of a risky fantasy play, though he is listed as a projected starter. The matchup is friendly on paper, at least, as the Dolphins are in the league's top-10 in terms of most fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends in standard formats, largely due to the eight touchdowns they've surrendered to the position.

December 2, 2018 8:32 AM EST

Charles Clay: Possible for Week 13

Clay (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis for the third straight day Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Clay looks like a good bet to return to action after missing the last two contests. Considering he hasn't caught more than four balls or done better than 40 yards or found the end zone even once in 2018, you'd be rolling the dice on Clay even if he achieves active status come Sunday. At least he's getting healthier again, and Clay did finish the 2017 season strong after a series of disappointing starts earlier in the campaign.

November 30, 2018 11:48 AM EST

Charles Clay: Logs another limited practice

Clay (hamstring) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: With back-to-back practice appearances, Clay has a shot to return to action Sunday against Miami, the team that drafted him in 2011. If he does suit up, however, he wouldn't be a high-percentage fantasy play in Week 13. In nine games to date, the tight end has logged the modest total of 19 catches (on 31 targets) for 169 yards and zero TDs.

November 29, 2018 11:51 AM EST

Charles Clay: Practicing in limited fashion

Coach Sean McDermott said Clay (hamstring) would be a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Joe Buscaglia of reports.

Analysis: It marks the first time since Clay suffered the hamstring issue in the Bills' Nov. 4 loss to the Bears that he'll be able to practice in any capacity. Given that Clay has been held out of action for the team's past two games, he'll likely need to progress to full participation by the end of the week in order to take back a normal workload in Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Jason Croom and Logan Thomas have split the reps at tight end while Clay has been sidelined the past two contests, with the duo combining for just three receptions for 17 yards on five targets over that stretch.

November 28, 2018 9:42 AM EST

Charles Clay: Progressing from hamstring injury

Clay (hamstring) didn't play Sunday against the Jaguars but hasn't experienced a setback, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Clay didn't practice last week and missed his second straight game with the hamstring issue, but is apparently making progress in his recovery. The Bills' passing game had little luck against Jacksonville, as QB Josh Allen totaled 160 yards while completing eight of 19 attempts. If Clay can return to practice in some capacity this week it would at least confirm he's making tangible progress.

November 26, 2018 4:27 PM EST

Charles Clay: Won't play Week 12

Clay (hamstring) is inactive Sunday against Jacksonville.

Analysis: Clay failed to practice in any capacity this week, resulting in a "doubtful" tag entering the Week 12 matchup. With the tight end set to miss his second consecutive game, Jason Croom and Logan Thomas are next up on the depth chart, though neither share the pass-catching upside of a healthy Clay. Prior to the team's Week 11 bye, the duo caught just a single pass for one yard against the Jets, despite Clay being inactive for that contest. Per the Bills' official site, it will be Croom expected to draw the start this time out.

November 25, 2018 8:37 AM EST

Charles Clay: Doubtful for Week 12

Clay (hamstring) will be listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Mike Rodak of reports.

Analysis: Clay will not practice Friday, which has been the case for him all week, and it looks like he will remain sidelined despite the Bills coming off a bye. Jason Croom and Logan Thomas are in line to handle the tight end duties for the Bills once again.

November 23, 2018 8:54 AM EST

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