Clay didn't haul in his only target during Sunday's 36-26 loss at San Francisco.
For the first time in a Cardinals uniform, Clay didn't make a catch, breaking a 10-game stretch to begin his tenure in the desert. Still, he's not in a position to contribute consistently due to having to share TE duties with Maxx Williams from week to week. With the team on bye Week 12, Clay's next chance to suit up is Sunday, Dec. 1 against the Rams.
Clay reeled in his only target for five yards during Sunday's 30-27 defeat at Tampa Bay.
Clay had a three-catch, 88-yard outburst Week 8 at New Orleans, but otherwise his line for the season reads 10-81-0 on 14 targets. He's also yielding work at TE to Maxx Williams, earning one more offensive snap (32 to 31) than his counterpart Sunday. Look for the breakdown to continue, which gives neither much leeway to produce on a weekly basis.
Clay recorded one reception (on two targets) for six yards during Thursday's 28-25 defeat to the 49ers.
Coming off a season-best three catches for 88 yards Week 8 at New Orleans, Clay reverted back to his typical stat line, as he failed to reach double-digit receiving yards in five of the first six games of the year. He also ranked behind fellow tight end Maxx Williams in terms of offensive snap share, 42 versus 74 percent. Expect both players to continue splitting the workload at the position moving forward.
Clay (back) doesn't have an injury designation for Thursday's game versus the 49ers.
Clay opened the week with back-to-back listings of limited participation on the Cardinals' practice report, only to put in a full showing Wednesday. With his status not in question for Thursday, he'll continue to split the tight end reps with fellow veteran Maxx Williams.
Clay (back) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Clay is coming off his best performance of the season with three catches for 88 yards in Sunday's loss to the Saints. He may have tweaked something in the contest, as Clay wouldn't have been at full speed if the Cardinals held a practice. The 30-year-old tight end has a short timetable to get healthy with Thursday's matchup against the 49ers on deck.
Clay secured all three of his targets for 88 yards in the Cardinals' 31-9 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
A big chunk of Clay's surprising yardage haul came on a game-high 47-yard grab on Arizona's first drive. The veteran tight end typically is a minimal part of the offense, and even on Sunday, he logged only three looks overall. Therefore, Clay's breakout is very likely an outlier that he'd be challenged to replicate against the 49ers in a Week 9 Thursday night matchup.
Clay gathered in one of two passes for 12 yards during Sunday's 27-21 win against the Giants.
After breaking out for two receptions Week 6, Clay settled back into the one-catch outings that he's experienced in every other game this season. Targeted just 11 times through seven contests, he has an 8-70-0 line, which trails fellow tight end Maxx Williams' 8-103-1 on his eight targets. Clay (46 percent of the snaps on offense Sunday) and Williams (49 percent) will continue to split work at the position, making them difficult to trust for production from week to week.
Clay had two receptions (on two targets) for eight yards during Sunday's 34-33 win against the Falcons.
This marks the first time Clay has made more than one catch in a game in a Cardinals uniform, and he's only reached double-digit receiving yards on one occasion in six appearances. Further hurting his standing is fellow tight end Maxx Williams, who has earned eight more offensive snaps on the season, regularly plays special teams and boasts a modest stat line (7-98-1 on seven targets versus 9-58-0 on nine targets for Clay).
Clay reeled in his only target for 27 yards during Sunday's 26-23 victory in Cincinnati.
The Cardinals were down two wide receivers -- Christian Kirk (ankle) and Damiere Byrd (hamstring) -- in this contest, which forced coach Kliff Kingsbury to go with more 12 personnel than he has all season. The result was a season-high snap share for Clay, who slightly out-snapped fellow tight end Maxx Williams, 44-43. Having said that, neither player has contributed much to the NFL's 19th-ranked pass offense, with Clay himself posting a 5-50-0 line on seven targets through five games.
Clay caught one of two passes for three yards during Sunday's 27-10 defeat to the Seahawks.
At the quarter mark of the season, Clay and Maxx Williams have logged the exact same number of offensive snaps (71), good for a 24.7 percent share apiece. Williams has been far more efficient with his three targets, though, averaging 19 YPT to Clay's 3.8 (on six targets). Considering the meager workload and lacking output, Clay doesn't hold much sway in fantasy.
Clay hauled in his only target for nine yards during Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Panthers.
Clay has been a glorified blocker in his first three games as a Cardinal, recording exactly one catch in each one and being targeted just four times overall. He continues to increase his offensive snap share -- 16 to 25 to 33 percent so far -- but impact on the box score has been lacking. On a positive note, Maxx Williams' reps have fallen each week, so Clay seems to be the preferred tight end in a high-tempo offense.
Clay caught one of two passes for six yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss in Baltimore.
Clay's offensive snap share increased slightly from the season opener to Week 2, going from 16 to 25 percent. The usage hasn't lent itself to production, as he has just three targets through two games. Also hurting his cause is the scheme, which includes four and occasionally five receivers on most plays. As a result, Clay is trending toward being a non-entity in fantasy in 2019.
Clay caught a single pass for a five-yard gain during Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Lions.
Though atop the depth chart, Clay ended Sunday trailing backup Maxx Williams in offensive snaps, 22 to 14. Neither total was particularly impressive, nor were their combined two targets for 20 total yards. One game of the Kliff Kingsbury era is far too small a sample size to judge and the offense certainly hit its stride in the fourth quarter and overtime, but the Cardinals used four-receiver sets at an enormous clip. If that continues, Clay's value would be diluted no matter whether he plays ahead of or behind Williams.
Clay started and played seven offensive snaps during Saturday's preseason loss at Minnesota. He finished with two catches for four yards.
Clay earned one target on both of the Cardinals' first two drives from rookie signal-caller Kyler Murray. Elsewhere in the tight end corps, fellow first-teamer Maxx Williams didn't have a pass come his way during Clay's brief time on the field, while Ricky Seals-Jones wasn't targeted until Clay left the field. After opening training camp on the PUP list due to a knee injury, Clay appears to have locked down the top spot on the TE depth chart, but his snap count could be limited in the regular season to keep the eight-year pro healthy.
Clay (knee) didn't play in Thursday's preseason loss to Oakland.
Activated off the PUP list just five days prior, Clay never had much chance to suit up Thursday, but he could make it back for the third week of the preseason at Minnesota. His position atop the preseason depth chart doesn't guarantee him anything, with Ricky Seals-Jones and Maxx Williams also competing for snaps at tight end. Clay has a long history of knee injuries, and while he's played at least 13 games in each of his eight NFL seasons, he's played all 16 just once (2013).
The Cardinals activated Clay (knee) off their PUP list Sunday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Clay had been dealing with a knee injury that has forced him to miss time up until this point, but was finally cleared to practice. The 30-year-old found a new home in Arizona after he was let go by the Bills. Clay is expected to compete for a starting role at tight end.
Clay, who is dealing with a knee issue, was placed on the physically unable to perform list Saturday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Clay, who was released by the Bills in February following four seasons with the franchise, signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals in the offseason and is expected to be the team's starting tight end this season. The Cardinals don't report to training camp until July 24, so it's possible the veteran tight end could be ready to practice shortly after, but the PUP listing allows for Clay and the team to manage his rehab at a slower pace. Ricky Seals-Jones stands to benefit the most should the 30-year-old's injury linger deeper into the preseason.
Clay is signing a one-year contract with the Cardinals, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
The 30-year-old tight end was released by Buffalo on Friday after playing out four seasons of a five-year, $38 million contract. He'll settle for a much smaller figure this time around, receiving a $350,000 signing bonus on a deal that maxes out at $3.25 million including incentives, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Clay likely will challenge Ricky Seals-Jones (neck) for playing time, with more help possibly on the way once the Cardinals survey the landscape during free agency and the draft. It also won't come as any surprise if the team eventually releases 30-year-old blocking specialist Jermaine Gresham.
Clay was released by the Bills on Friday, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
Signed to a five-year, $38 million contract during the 2015 offseason, Clay never quite lived up to his paycheck but did start 53 games the past four seasons despite dealing with a number of injuries. Friday's transaction clears up $4.5 million on the 2019 cap sheet while leaving the Bills with Jason Croom and Logan Thomas (a restricted free agent) at tight end. Clay celebrated his 30th birthday earlier in the week and may have to settle for a part-time role on the open market.
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.
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