Clay hauled in two of three targets for 18 yards during Sunday's upset win over the Vikings. Impressive as the Bills' win was, the passing game was kind of quiet and only running back Chris Ivory eclipsed 30 receiving yards. Clay now just has 47 receiving yards over three games and remains an unexciting fantasy option in a passing attack that should be below average most of the season.
Clay caught two passes on three targets for 29 yards during Sunday's loss to the Chargers. The veteran was shut out in the first game, so at least he was more involved Week 2. Clay saw action on 69 percent of the offensive plays, while Logan Thomas was in on 31 percent of the plays and Jason Croom saw 26 percent. Clay still has good pass-catching chops, but he's got a low ceiling and could struggle to find meaningful production in an offense that may limp along for much of the season, with a few options ahead of him in the passing game.
Clay caught four of six targets for 24 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to the Bengals. This is the type of stat line the 29-year-old tight end is known for, though six yards per catch is obviously on the low end even for him. Clay, Kelvin Benjamin and LeSean McCoy are the only safe bets to draw regular targets from whichever player ends up winning the QB competition in Buffalo.
Clay is the leader of a Buffalo tight end group that didn't add any new players during the offseason, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo New reports. Clay has been oddly consistent through three seasons of a five-year, $38 million contract, landing in the range of 13-15 games, 49-57 catches, 528-558 yards, 74-87 targets and 2-4 touchdowns each year. He was slightly more productive his final two seasons in Miami, but it was essentially the same idea with a bit more target volume. While the 29-year-old could push for six or seven looks per game in a Buffalo offense devoid of other options, it won't come as any surprise if his efficiency suffers while the team works in new players at quarterback and along the offensive line. There's also some chance backup tight end Nick O'Leary takes on a slightly larger pass-catching role, after hauling in 22 of 32 targets for 322 yards and two touchdowns last year.
Clay brought in three of five targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 10-3 AFC wild-card loss to the Jaguars. Clay was able to overcome an in-game hamstring injury and finish out the contest. His catch total was a team high, but his middling 5.0 YPC spoke to the minimal impact he had overall. The modest numbers represent an underwhelming finish to a strong season for Clay, one that saw him bring in 49 of 74 targets for 558 yards and two touchdowns while fumbling once over 13 games.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/30||@Green Bay Packers||18||8.00|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||10||5.00|
|10||11/11||@New York Jets||7||4.00|
|14||12/09||New York Jets||7||4.00|
|16||12/23||@New England Patriots||10||5.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||80||52||546||3||26||10.50||72|