Charles Clay
Charles Clay
31-Year-Old Tight EndTE
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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RANKS
$Signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Cardinals in February of 2019.
Manages 18 receptions in 2019
TEArizona Cardinals
January 9, 2020
Clay (calf) put up 18 catches (on 24 targets) for 237 yards and one touchdown during the 2019 campaign.
ANALYSIS
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.
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How do Charles Clay's 2019 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
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  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
11.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.41
 
% Team Air Yards
4.3%
 
% Team Targets
4.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
75.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.3
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Charles Clay's measurables compare to other tight ends?
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Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
246 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.69 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.15 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.07 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
118 in
 
Bench Press
18 reps
 
Hand Length
9.63 in
 
Arm Length
33.00 in
 
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Clay arrives in Arizona after back-to-back four-year stints with the Dolphins and Bills. He peaked with a 69-759-6 line in 2013 and managed modest output in the meantime, but last season was his nadir, as injuries contained him to 184 yards and no TDs in 13 games. Penciled in as the Cardinals' No. 1 tight end, Clay nonetheless will have to fend off the promising Ricky Seals-Jones as all the skill-position talent adjusts to new coach Kliff Kingsbury's system.
Quick, name the three best wide receivers on the Bills. Heck, can you name anyone in that messy passing game? That's the main reason we keep coming back to Clay for fantasy relevance, at least for a few weeks every season. There's not much else going on in Buffalo. Clay has turned into a "what you see is what you get" player. He's finished TE19, TE17 and TE18 (half-PPR scoring) since joining the Bills, scoring nine TDs in 41 games. He managed 14.6 YPC in his rookie season in 2011, but he hasn't topped 11.8 since. He'll generally catch about two-thirds of the passes in his direction, and he's missed at least one game in four straight seasons. The first order for Clay is to get something going with the new quarterbacks - AJ McCarron arrives from Cincinnati and Josh Allen was snagged in the draft. Someone in this offense will push for 750 receiving yards and 5-7 touchdowns. We're not going to bet on Clay being that man, but we do run into injuries and bye weeks. That's what Clay is - one of those temporary targets you rent for a short time, then toss back on the wire.
Is the glass half full or half empty with Clay? Although he's battled chronic knee problems since joining the Bills -- missing four games and hobbling through many others -- he has been reasonably productive. He's produced as the No. 17 fantasy tight end over that period, ranking 13th in catches and 15th in yards. This might not be Charles in Charge, but he hasn't exactly been Chuckles the Clown. That established, the Bills realize Clay is a player they have to handle with kid gloves. Coach Sean McDermott said in late May that the club is "concerned with (Clay's) knee situation." With that in mind, it seems foolish to push Clay's projection past what he's shown the last two years, and he probably offers more downside than upside. If you wind up rostering Clay at any point this year, you'll probably have to balance him out with another tight end.
Much was expected of Clay when he left Miami to sign a lucrative deal with the Bills last offseason, but it didn't work out the way most hoped. The expectation was that speedsters Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin would stretch the field, allowing Clay to roam free underneath. But Watkins, though he piled up stats, missed three games and was limited in a few others by hip, calf and ankle injuries, while Harvin played only five games before his career ended. The Bills' coaching staff blamed first-year starter Tyrod Taylor's inexperience, as he often couldn't find Clay open across the middle. Clay also dealt with knee and calf injuries and missed the final three games with a back injury. He still averaged the same TPG (six) as his last year in Miami, though it's a bit skewed because one-third (26) of his 77 targets came in two games. In his remaining 11 games he averaged 4.6 TPG. Worst, after 34 red-zone targets and 20 inside the 10 his last two years with the Dolphins, Clay had three and two, respectively, his first year in Buffalo. At 6-3, 255, Clay isn't as big as most TE, but has good speed (4.62 40) and reliable hands. The Bills hope to make better use of his skills this year, and might have to. Watkins is uncertain for the regular season following foot surgery. Continued development by Taylor would go a long way, as well.
Clay signed a hefty free-agent deal this offseason with the Bills after posting serviceable numbers the last couple years with the Dolphins. In Miami, Clay made due in an offense that had trouble stretching the field. That shouldn't be an issue in Buffalo where the Bills boast two of the league's fastest receivers in Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin. With that deep-threat duo drawing safety attention to the outside, the middle of the field should be open for the elusive Clay, who had nearly half his yards come after the catch the last two years. Clay is not a big tight end at 6-3, 255, but he had 20 red-zone targets (4th among TE) last season and 13 inside the 10 (2nd). He only converted two of those into touchdowns, however, after five in 2013. The Bills plan to use Clay in tight, split wide, in the slot and in the backfield, which should ensure a healthy number of targets. He might need the help because the Bills have a number of pass-catchers to feed, including LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson and Robert Woods in addition to Watkins and Harvin.
Dustin Keller's knee injury in training camp last year opened the door for Clay, who went on to have a top-10 fantasy season at tight end. Clay is more of an H-back than a traditional tight end at an undersized 6-3, 255, but he is elusive in the open field and makes defenders miss. He totaled 382 yards after the catch last season, fifth among tight ends. And despite his stature, he still caught 10-of-14 passes in the red zone for five touchdowns, including 6-of-7 inside the 10-yard line for four scores. Clay should again see a large share of the targets, though second-round pick Jarvis Landry, a possession receiver with good hands, could potentially cut into his third-down work. Clay had a team-leading 18 third-down receptions last season with a third of his targets coming on third down. The passing game was mediocre last season, but a better deep ball by Ryan Tannehill -- the Dolphins ranked 26th last year with only 24 pass plays of 25-plus yards -- would give Clay more space to work underneath.
Clay is likely to compete with rookie Dion Sims as the Dolphins' No. 2 TE.
Clay was an intriguing project under the Tony Sparano regime. It remains to be seen how the Joe Philbin regime will use him. Anthony Fasano, current starter, may not be a fit in the new offense, so Clay could see more time on the field if he can adapt to the west coast offense quicker then Fasano.
Clay can play either fullback or tight end and could be a threat to Anthony Fasano if the Dolphins decide that TE is his best position in the pros. The Dolphins have not been happy with Fasano and Clay could possibly challenge for the starting position with a strong camp. That being said Clay could at least eat in Fasano's playing time as the season progresses but neither TE is a fantasy target as the Dolphins don't possess the greatest of offenses.
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Sidelined Week 17
TEArizona Cardinals
Calf
December 29, 2019
Clay (calf) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Rams at L.A., Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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Questionable for Week 17
TEArizona Cardinals
Calf
December 27, 2019
Clay (calf) didn't practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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No activity Thursday
TEArizona Cardinals
Calf
December 26, 2019
Clay (calf) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's injury report, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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Limited to begin Week 17
TEArizona Cardinals
Calf
December 25, 2019
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.
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Hurts knee Sunday
TEArizona Cardinals
Knee
December 22, 2019
Clay picked up a knee injury during Sunday's contest at Seattle, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
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