McClain totaled 50 tackles, five pass breakups, three interceptions and one touchdown over 14 games for Tampa Bay in 2017.
McClain, playing on a one-year deal with Tampa Bay, logged the second-most snaps among Buccaneers cornerbacks and ultimately finished tops in tackles at the position. However, he never proved to be much of an IDP asset and graded out as Pro Football Focus' 98th-highest graded corner. The UConn product will now be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.
McClain logged 54 of 68 defensive snaps in the contest and compiled one of his best stat lines of the season. The Buccaneers have a difficult Week 15 game against the Falcons, who torched Tampa Bay just two weeks earlier for 34 points and 516 total yards.
McClain managed four solo tackles and an interception in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.
The six-year pro's tackle totals were a bit down after he'd racked up a combined 15 stops over his previous two games, but he managed his first interception since the Buccaneers' Week 2 season opener. McClain has thrived in a starting opportunity and has been providing fantasy owners with solid tackle numbers for a cornerback. The 29-year-old should continue running with the first unit, providing him with an opportunity to continue offering serviceable IDP production in deeper formats.
McClain (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
McClain started his Week 10 prep as a full participant, but he was downgraded to doubtful by the end of the week. Hopefully, Week 11 isn't a replica, and for now there are no signs pointing in that direction. McClain compiled 28 tackles (23 solo) three pass breakups and a pick six through seven games this season. However, until he can produce a consistent tackle count, fantasy owners shouldn't deploy him in most circumstances.
McClain was listed as doubtful heading into the contest, after the hamstring injury limited his participation in practice Thursday before sidelining him for the entirety of Friday's session. The Buccaneers are hopeful one week off will be all McClain needs to recover from the injury, but his absence should nonetheless help open up additional snaps at cornerback for Vernon Hargreaves and Ryan Smith.
|2016||San Diego Chargers||3||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||50||41.0||9||0||3||53||17.7||47||1||5|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||3||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|