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 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 at least 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 (foot) misses any time. There's been no indication that Clay's current injury is anything serious.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman expects
Working against this theory is that the
Charles Clay (back) has restructured his contract, Buffalo Buffalo Bills .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.
Charles 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.
|P3||8/26/16||@ WAS||7:30 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ DET||7:30 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/7/16||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/20/16||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
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