Kaelin Clay will compete for playing time with the Bills this fall, but until he lands a meaningful role with some consistent stats, Fantasy owners shouldn't put him on their draft lists
The Bills will sign Clay, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports. Clay, who was with the Bills for a portion of last season before landing with the Panthers, returns to Buffalo to provide the team's wideout corps with added depth behind Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones and Andre Holmes. Moreover, Clay can also contribute on special teams after returning 17 punts for 147 yards and a TD in nine games for Carolina in 2017.
Clay didn't receive a qualifying offer or minimum tender from the Panthers and will become an unrestricted free agent, per the league's official transaction log. After a rough start to the 2017 season in which Clay was traded from the Panthers to the Bills before getting waived and returning to Carolina midseason, the 2015 sixth-rounder ultimately finished the year with just six receptions on 20 targets for 85 yards and no touchdowns. However, the Utah product did show his upside on special teams by housing a 60-yard punt in Week 12 against the Jets. It isn't clear what kind of appeal he'll have on the open market, but it would be a surprise if he isn't able to land a deal in advance of team training camps in late July.
Clay caught two of four targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 22-19 win over the Buccaneers. Clay's receiving performance was his best since joining the Panthers, which isn't saying much. Although it's good to see him getting more involved, his fantasy value remains rather restricted ahead of Week 17's trip to Atlanta.
Clay (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Clay was unable to practice Wednesday before logging limited sessions Thursday and Friday due to his minor shoulder injury, but the Panthers' punt returner will be able to take the field Sunday. His fantasy value remains limited, however, as he's notched just three receptions all season.
Clay is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings with a shoulder injury. The injury prevented Clay from practicing Wednesday and rendered him a limited participant in sessions Thursday and Friday. Clay has logged more than 20 offensive snaps in each of the past three weeks, but has only been targeted five times in that span, hauling in two receptions. It may not be long until Damiere Byrd, who was activated from injured reserve ahead of last week's loss to the Saints, passes Clay up for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart at wide receiver.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|4||09/30||@Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||27||22.58|
|10||11/11||@New York Jets||19||20.00|
|14||12/09||New York Jets||19||20.00|
|16||12/23||@New England Patriots||27||22.58|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||7||2||28||0||2||14.00||2|