Clay (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Clay is no stranger to the injury report, so we suspect that he'll be able to play through his ankle issues Sunday against the Titans. His 40 yards (via four catches) in Week 4's 22-0 loss to the Packers actually paced the Bills, but overall Clay has logged just eight catches (on 14 targets) for 87 yards one quarter into the 2018 season. Looking ahead, it's possible that the veteran tight end will emerge as a reliable target for rookie QB Josh Allen, but we need to see that become a pattern before endorsing Clay as a fantasy lineup option.
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 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 TE 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.
Clay returned Sunday's playoff game against the Jaguars after previously exiting with a hamstring injury.
The Bills' offense Sunday has largely been driven by running back LeSean McCoy, who is toughing things out through an ankle injury. The return of Clay, however, does at least give QB Tyrod Taylor another familiar option in the passing game.
|7||10/21/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/2/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
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