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. Clay looks nowhere near the player who was once a big problem for secondaries, as this was his lowest output since the 2012 season and production nowhere near commensurate 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.
Clay (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against New England. Clay has seen his workload reduced significantly during the back half of the season, as he's been targeted just five total 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 WKBW.com, that tight end duo is healthy this week, leaving the 29-year-old Clay as a healthy scratch.
Clay was targeted just once in Sunday's win over the Lions and finished without a catch on 41 offensive snaps. 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.
Clay caught one of his two targets for six yards Sunday in the Bills' 27-23 loss to the Jets. 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.
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. It was the catch that he didn't make that stands out, as Clay was wide open in the end zone with seconds left and the Bills trailing by four. Josh Allen's pass fluttered too much and Clay couldn't come up with it, though in fairness 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.
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