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.
Clay was forced out of Sunday's playoff game against the Jaguars with a hamstring injury.
Clay has been managing a knee issue of late, with the hamstring injury representing a new issue for the tight end. Prior to his exit from Sunday's contest, Clay caught his only target for no gain.
Clay (knee) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's playoff game against the Jaguars.
Clay's practice limitations this week were nothing out of the ordinary and maintenance-related, so his removal from the Bills' final injury report in advance of wild-card weekend was fairly routine. With running back LeSean McCoy (ankle) banged up, Clay figures to be a focal point in the Bills attack Sunday, though it's hardly a cake matchup for the tight end against the rugged Jaguars passing defense.
|P2||8/17/18||@ CLE||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/30/18||@ CHI||8:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|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|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|