Ray-Ray McCloud

Ray-Ray McCloud

Wide Receiver #21
Team: Buffalo Bills
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 190 lb.
College:None
Age:24
Born:October 15, 1996
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 6 (187)
Draft Team:BUF

Ray-Ray McCloud: Negative yardage in Week 17

McCloud brought in both of his targets for minus-3 yards in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: McCloud was unable to carve out a role in the Steelers' offense during his first season with the team, and he totaled negative yardage over the final five weeks of the year. The 24-year-old was targeted 22 times during the regular season, racking up 20 receptions for 77 yards while also rushing four times for 65 yards. The Steelers could bring him back as a kick returner next year, but he's unlikely to play a significant offensive role during the playoffs or in 2021.

January 4, 2021 12:02 PM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Two receptions in loss

McCloud recorded two receptions for four yards across five offensive snaps in Monday's loss to Washington.

Analysis: McCloud has logged just nine offensive snaps over the past two weeks, after averaging almost 18 snaps a game for the seven contests prior. With plenty of mouths to feed on Pittsburgh receiving corps, McCloud could continue to see limited action as the regular season comes to a close.

December 8, 2020 8:10 PM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Key miscue in win

McCloud hauled in his lone target for an eight-yard gain Wednesday in the Steelers' 19-14 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: McCloud added 52 yards in the return game, but he was also responsible for one of the Steelers' two turnovers on the day. His muffed punt in the first quarter gave the Ravens possession in the red zone, with running back Gus Edwards eventually scoring a touchdown to give Baltimore its only lead of the day. McCloud still served as the Steelers' kickoff and punt returner the rest of the game, so despite the gaffe, his role on special teams still appears secure.

December 3, 2020 9:28 AM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Racks up four receptions

McCloud hauled in all four of his targets for 20 yards while also recording one carry for three yards in Sunday's 27-3 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: McCloud was on the field 20 of the team's 75 offensive snaps Sunday, and he had a season-high 20 receiving yards in the win over Jacksonville. The 24-year-old has logged 14 receptions for 70 yards, along with four rushes for 65 yards this season.

November 23, 2020 11:47 AM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Records two catches Sunday

McCloud brought in both of his targets for four yards in Sunday's 36-10 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: McCloud was only on the field for 21 percent of the team's offensive snaps Sunday as the Steelers continued to play their starters in the blowout win over Cincinnati. The 24-year-old was efficient on punt returns in Week 10, but he hasn't been targeted more than three times in any game this year.

November 16, 2020 10:23 AM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Hauls in two passes

McCloud brought in both of his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: McCloud was on the field for a season-high 28 offensive snaps against Dallas, and he racked up 16 receiving yards, his highest total of the season. Most of McCloud's usage has come on special teams this season as he maintains an insignificant spot within Pittsburgh's receiving corps.

November 9, 2020 2:23 PM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Racks up 12 yards against Titans

McCloud brought in both of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Titans.

Analysis: McCloud's 12 receiving yards Sunday matched his highest total of the season, but he once again saw a minimal role. Even though the Steelers attempted 49 passes against Tennessee, McCloud's target share was low with all of the team's receivers fully healthy. The 2018 sixth-round pick has mainly been used on special teams as his offensive potential remains capped.

October 26, 2020 10:09 AM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Targeted once Sunday

McCloud, who was on the field for 13 of a possible 65 snaps on offense, failed to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 38-7 win over the Browns.

Analysis: McCloud racked up a combined 75 yards in the Steelers' Week 5 win over the Eagles, but he wasn't a big part of the game plan against Browns. McCloud didn't have a prominent place on the team's depth chart to begin the year and the 2018 sixth-round pick now has increased competition on that front with the recent emergence of Chase Claypool as a versatile option in Pittsburgh's offense.

October 19, 2020 10:20 AM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Breaks off long run

McCloud brought in all three of his targets for 12 yards while also rushing for 63 yards on two carries in Sunday's 38-29 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: McCloud didn't log any catches or carries over the first three weeks of the season, but he saw a modest workload in in Week 5's win. In the process, he led the Steelers in rushing yards as a result of a 58-yard carry early in the third quarter. While McCloud recorded a career-high 75 yards Sunday, he's been mostly limited to special teams to begin the season and has limited fantasy upside while operating in a crowded wide receiver corps in Pittsburgh.

October 12, 2020 10:10 AM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Makes 53-man roster

McCloud secured a spot on the Steelers' 53-man roster, Mark Madden of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Analysis: McCloud was let go by the Bills right before training camp and didn't sign on with the Steelers until Aug. 20, but he made the most of his limited reps and beat out Ryan Switzer and Deon Cain for the No. 5 WR role. The 2018 sixth-round pick hasn't played an offensive snap since 2019 when he caught five of six targets for 36 yards with the Bills, but he did return punts and kicks for the Panthers last season. He could contribute in a similar way with the Steelers, although his offensive upside remains capped.

September 7, 2020 2:17 PM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Joining Steelers

The Steelers have agreed to terms of a contract with McCloud, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: McCloud has almost exclusively been a returner in his two-year career, averaging 7.3 yards on 14 punt returns and 21.3 yards on nine kick returns. That said, dropping the rock has been an issue, as he's fumbled five times in 16 appearances between the Bills and Panthers. He may have to display much-improved ball control to land a spot on Pittsburgh's regular-season roster.

August 20, 2020 5:56 PM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Sent packing by Buffalo

The Bills released McCloud on Monday, Maddy Glab of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: A sixth-round pick by Buffalo in 2018, McCloud was heading into his second stint with the Bills after re-signing with the club in January following a brief stay on the Carolina roster. McCloud had been buried on the depth chart at receiver and faced an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster, so his release at least affords him a chance to try and find work elsewhere before training camps get in full swing.

July 27, 2020 1:18 PM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Secures deal with Bills

McCloud signed a reserve/future contract with the Bills on Monday.

Analysis: McCloud spent six games with the Panthers in 2019, but fumbling issues led to his departure. The 2018 sixth-round pick has upside as a return man, so he'll aim to leverage that into a 53-man roster spot in 2020.

January 6, 2020 8:28 AM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Joins Bills' practice squad

The Bills signed McCloud to the practice squad Thursday.

Analysis: McCloud was waived by the Panthers on Tuesday, and he wasted little time before signing on with Buffalo's practice squad. The second-year pro's fumbling problems became an issue in Carolina, and he'll now work to improve his ball security skills. If McCloud shows well on the practice squad, he could conceivably earn a promotion to the active roster later in the season.

October 17, 2019 8:45 AM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Let go by Carolina

McCloud was waived by the Panthers on Tuesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: This doesn't come as a surprise, as McCloud has recorded six fumbles on returners in his last three games. While coach Ron Rivera reiterated how talented McCloud is, ball security is a top priority for the team. With that, McCloud will likely clear waivers and be an unrestricted free agent while the Panthers will need to find a new top return man, whether that be internally or via a free agent signing. Fortunately for them, they have the week off to figure that out.

October 15, 2019 7:22 AM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Heading to Carolina

McCloud was claimed off waivers by the Panthers on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

Analysis: McCloud didn't have to wait long to find a new team, as he was waived by Buffalo on Saturday. The 22-year-old appeared in 10 games with the Bills last season, logging five receptions for 36 yards. McCloud likely appealed to Carolina due to his ability to contribute on punt and kick returns.

September 1, 2019 10:20 AM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Fails to make roster

The Bills released McCloud on Saturday, Ryan Talbot of NY Upstate reports.

Analysis: McCloud was hoping to take a step forward in his second year, after he played just 10 games last season, hauling in 5 passes for 36 yards. The fact that he can contribute in the punt and kick return games, only adds to his value to find another team elsewhere.

August 31, 2019 9:05 AM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Delivers on clutch catch

McCloud caught all five of his targets for 48 total yards during Thursday's 27-23 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Thursday's game was memorable as far as preseason finales go, with Buffalo scoring three touchdowns in the final four minutes of the game to win it. None of it would have happened if it wasn't for McCloud who, with Buffalo down 23-6 and facing a fourth and two, took a quick screen and bolted up field for a 29-yard gain, setting up a Tyree Jackson touchdown run. McCloud is firmly on the bubble and whether or not he makes the squad likely depends on outcomes even outside the wide-receiver room, but he certainly ended the preseason by making a strong impression.

August 29, 2019 7:38 PM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Heated battle

McCloud caught two of four targets for 29 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Lions.

Analysis: McCloud was the fringe wide receiver making some noise during training camp and the early portion of the preseason, but lately we've been hearing more about Isaiah McKenzie and Duke Williams, each of whom scored Friday. If the Bills keep six receivers, it's probably going to come down to those three guys for one spot, though it'd be two spots if the Bills go the surprise route and don't choose Robert Foster, who's had a a poor summer and might be slightly banged up. Assuming the Bills stick with Foster, it looks like a true toss-up between McCloud, McKenzie and Williams.

August 25, 2019 10:22 AM EST

Ray-Ray McCloud: Making most of second summer

McCloud, who caught only five balls for 36 yards in a disappointing and injury-plagued rookie season, has been impressive throughout training camp and continues to earn praise from coach Sean McDermott and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "I think Ray-Ray McCloud has had a real nice training camp to this point, just with effort and doing the things we expect our wide receivers to do," said McDermott. "You've got to get open, you've got to get separation and you've got to catch the football."

Analysis: The first four receiving spots are all set, while Andre Roberts has a clear angle on the fifth one due to his standout return abilities. If the Bills keep a sixth receiver, it's a wide-open battle with a whole host of candidates. McCloud seems to be picking up a knack for the slot, so that could be his angle to make the squad over other young receivers such as Isaiah McKenzie, Duke Williams, Victor Bolden, Cam Phillips, David Sills and Nick Easley.

July 31, 2019 9:35 AM EST

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