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January 9, 2020 08:44 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Manages 18 receptions in 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Clay (calf) put up 18 catches (on 24 targets) for 237 yards and one touchdown during the 2019 campaign.

Despite missing the season finale and ranking second to Maxx Williams among Cardinals tight ends in offensive snap share -- 37.7 versus 46.3 percent -- Clay led the position group in every statistical category but TDs. That honor went to Dan Arnold with two. Considering Arnold showed considerable chemistry with rookie QB Kyler Murray in just three appearances, the front office may feel comfortable moving on from the 30-year-old Clay, who will be an unrestricted free agent in March. Both Arnold and Williams are under contract next season.

December 29, 2019 03:16 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Sidelined Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Clay (calf) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Rams at L.A., Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Clay didn't get in any practice reps this week, so it's no surprise the Cardinals are erring on the side of caution with his calf injury. In his absence, the team will rely on Maxx Williams and Dan Arnold at tight end.

December 27, 2019 07:20 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Questionable for Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Clay (calf) did not practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Clay was unable to practice in any capacity this week, and with the Cardinals out of playoff contention, there is not a strong reason for him to play. If Clay ultimately sits out, Dan Arnold is in line to serve a larger role during Arizona's season finale.

December 26, 2019 06:44 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: No activity Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Clay (calf) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's injury report, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Clay left after four snaps on offense and his only catch of Sunday's eventual 27-13 win at Seattle. A knee injury was to blame and still hasn't allowed him to get on the practice field this week. He'll have one more chance to do so Friday, but if he's eventually limited or even absent in the season finale versus the Rams in L.A., Dan Arnold and Darrell Daniels would be in line for additional reps behind starting tight end Maxx Williams.

December 25, 2019 02:16 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Limited to begin Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Clay is listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report due to a calf issue, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reported that Clay hurt his knee in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Seahawks, but the injury apparently occurred lower on the tight end's leg. In any case, the fact that the Cardinals are at least listing Clay as a limited participant to begin the week bodes well for his chances of gaining clearance for the season finale versus the Rams.

December 22, 2019 05:16 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Hurts knee Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Clay picked up a knee injury during Sunday's contest at Seattle, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.

Clay was hurt while making a 16-yard reception late in the first quarter. Deemed questionable to return, he'll leave behind TE reps for the likes of Maxx Williams, Dan Arnold and Darrell Daniels.

December 17, 2019 11:56 AM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Snags one pass Week 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Clay caught one of two targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 38-24 win versus the Browns.

Clay's sole connection with Kyler Murray got the Cardinals on the doorstep of the end zone, which Kenyan Drake used to record his second of four touchdowns on the day from one yard out. On the team's next possession, Murray looked Clay's way again but instead threw the ball into the waiting arms of Cleveland linebacker Mack Wilson. For the season, coach Kliff Kingsbury continues to toggle between Clay and Maxx Williams at tight end, with the former getting 397 offensive snaps to the latter's 407 (of 928). The results have been modest, at best, for Clay: 17 receptions on 23 targets for 221 yards and one TD.

December 10, 2019 07:16 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Records first TD as Card
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Clay recorded a five-yard touchdown catch during Sunday's 23-17 defeat to the Steelers.

The end-zone visit was Clay's first of the season, and therefore as a Cardinal. Occurring with 1:56 remaining in the second quarter, it marked the last time the Cardinals held a share of the lead (10-10) in this game. While Clay made an impact in the box score, fellow TE Maxx Williams did not. On the other hand, Williams slightly out-snapped Clay, 32-23 (of 60 on offense). As a result, neither player has much viability in the fantasy realm.

December 2, 2019 08:52 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Targeted twice Week 13
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Clay corralled both of his targets for 29 yards during Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Rams.

After failing to make a mark in the box score for the first time this season Week 11, Clay emerged from the Cardinals' bye with his third multi-catch performance of the year. He even was on the receiving end of the team's longest play from scrimmage, a 23-yard reception in the first quarter. Because he continues to split TE work with Maxx Williams -- 331 versus 335 (of 807) offensive snaps for the season -- Clay isn't set up to be a consistent contributor to the offense.

November 19, 2019 06:04 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: No receptions Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 12, 2019 09:32 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Makes one catch Week 10
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 3, 2019 01:24 AM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Hauls in one pass Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 30, 2019 06:48 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Good to go Week 9
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 28, 2019 04:56 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Surfaces on injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 27, 2019 06:20 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Season-high yardage tally in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 21, 2019 09:16 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Contributes one catch Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 15, 2019 07:08 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Makes two receptions Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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).

October 7, 2019 05:24 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Records one catch Week 5
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 1, 2019 04:36 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Notches another reception
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 23, 2019 11:24 PM
Cardinals' Charles Clay: Manages one catch again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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