Charles Clay will look to improve in his second season for the Bills after an inconsistent debut in Buffalo in 2015. Clay was limited to 13 games because of a back injury, and he finished with 51 catches for 528 yards and three touchdowns on 78 targets. It wasn't exactly what the Bills were hoping for when he was signed to a massive contract at five years, $38 million with $20 million guaranteed. As a result, Clay restructured his contract this offseason, but he still has to live up to lofty expectations of being one of the top paid tight ends. We could see Clay be the No. 2 receiving threat for Buffalo behind Sammy Watkins, but he had just three games with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in 2015. He had seven games with at least six targets and scored at least seven Fantasy points in four of them. We hope he continues to develop a rapport with Tyrod Taylor, as Clay could emerge as a No. 1 tight end in all leagues. But heading into Draft Day he should only be considered a No. 2 option worth a late-round pick in deeper leagues.
Clay, who sat out last week's OTA sessions with a minor undisclosed injury, will be on the field this week, BuffaloBills.com reports. Clay is the clear-cut tight end and will see the field for almost every snap if healthy this season. His upside is limited based on the Bills' propensity to run the ball, but he'd probably be worth a good look if Sammy Watkins' injury issues persist into the regular season, or if the team started making Clay more of a red-zone threat.
Clay (back) missed Tuesday's OTA practice due to an unspecified health issue, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports. Clay missed the final three games of last season with a back injury, after dealing with neck, calf and knee issues earlier in the year. He played 13+ games in each of his first five NFL seasons, but the persistent issues with one of his knees has led to questions about his long-term durability. If healthy, the 27-year-old Clay figures to be a key part of the Buffalo passing game - particularly if Sammy Watkins (broken foot) misses any time. There's been no indication that Clay's current injury is anything serious.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman expects Clay to be more productive this season as quarterback Tyrod Taylor continues to develop, The Buffalo News reports. Working against this theory is that the Bills are a run-based team, while Clay has never had more than six touchdowns or 759 receiving yards in a season. On the positive side, Roman is known for having productive tight ends, and Clay certainly has the skill set to thrive in this system. The thought also says that Clay was open quite a bit last season, but a green Taylor either didn't notice or was afraid to chuck it over the middle. The Bills plan to have Taylor do that more this season. Finally, the team's only real receiving threat, Sammy Watkins, is far from a picture of model health.
Clay (back) has restructured his contract, BuffaloBills.com reports. It doesn't sound like this did much if anything to Clay's total pay, but the offseason math with help the cap-crunched Bills try to re-sign some of their free agents, namely Cordy Glenn and Richie Incognito. We haven't heard much about Clay's back injury either after it forced him to miss the final three games, but it didn't sound like anything serious at the time and the Bills were long out of the playoffs. He'll try to build on his 51/528/3 line now that he has a year of familiarity with Tyrod Taylor and offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
Clay (back) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Coach Rex Ryan was pessimistic when discussing a possible Week 17 return for Clay on Monday, but this move officially ends the tight end's 2015 campaign. While Clay seemed to be developing a strong rapport with quarterback Tyrod Taylor early on, he did little down the stretch, catching just one touchdown and averaging 38.4 yards in his final 10 games.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||New York Jets||2||4.75|
|4||10/02||@New England Patriots||6||6.00|
|5||10/09||@Los Angeles Rams||25||8.25|
|6||10/16||San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||6||6.00|
|17||01/01||@New York Jets||2||4.75|
|3 Year Avg||88||59||631||4||31||10.69||87|