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John Clay | Running Back | #38

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/4/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 248
College: Wisconsin
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Free agent RB John Clay is participating in Bengals rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
Clay rushed 10 times for the Steelers in 2011, but never cracked an active roster after being waived twice last summer. This could be his last NFL chance. Fri, May 10, 2013 10:54:00 AM

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Free agent RB John Clay worked out for the Bengals Monday.

With Bernard Scott (knee) and Brian Leonard (ribs) both sidelined, the Bengals are left with only Cedric Peerman behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Clay isn't a great fit as his power-running style is similar to the Law Firm's, but this is confirmation that the Bengals are in the market for running back help.
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 08:43:00 AM

Seahawks released RB John Clay with an injury settlement.

He was originally waived/injured, but the Steelers opted against keeping Clay on I.R. He's now an unrestricted free agent free to sign anywhere. A massive but plodding power runner, Clay gained 41 yards on 10 carries last year, appearing in two late-season games. He may have a future as a No. 3 back elsewhere, after recovering from a torn quadriceps muscle.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 01:32:00 PM

Steelers waived/injured RB John Clay.

Clay was carted off the field during Sunday's practice with what was believed to be a torn quadriceps muscle. Undrafted out of Wisconsin last year, Clay was behind Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and rookie Chris Rainey in the backfield pecking order. FB Jason Ford was signed to take his roster spot.
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 01:44:00 PM

Steelers promoted RB John Clay from their practice squad.

Clay will be mere stretch-run insurance with Jonathan Dwyer out for the year and Mewelde Moore battling a multi-week MCL sprain. Rashard Mendenhall will be the lead back, Ike Redman the pass-down specialist, and Clay No. 3.
Fri, Dec 23, 2011 04:56:00 PM

Steelers OC Bruce Arians indicated that RB John Clay will not be promoted from the practice squad to add depth with Mewelde Moore (knee) out.

Clay can't fill Moore's passing-down role, so the Steelers may go with just Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman as game-day actives against the Rams.
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 03:56:00 PM

Steelers signed RB John Clay, OL Trevis Turner, DE Corbin Bryant, TE Jamie McCoy, WR Tyler Grisham, OL John Malecki, LB Mortty Ivy, and DB Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith to their practice squad.

Clay lost out to fellow bulldozer Jonathan Dwyer after rushing 15 times for 57 yards (3.8 YPC) in preseason action. Grisham is back for another go-round after spending last season on the Steelers' practice squad.
Mon, Sep 5, 2011 12:56:00 AM

Steelers waived RB John Clay, LBs Baraka Atkins, Mario Harvey, Chris McCoy and Mortty Ivy, DT Corbin Bryant, DBs Brett Greenwood, Macho Harris, Donovan Warren and Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith, RB James Johnson, OLs Colin Miller, Kyle Jolly, John Malecki, Trevis Turner and Keith Williams, WRs Armand Robinson, Wes Lyons and Tyler Grisham, TE Jamie McCoy, and K Swayze Waters.

Clay was the 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year at Wisconsin, but running backs with 5.0-flat forty times rarely even warrant practice squad spots in the pros. Including Byron Leftwich's placement on I.R., the Steelers are now down to 58 players. They'll drop five more by Saturday evening.
Fri, Sep 2, 2011 06:37:00 PM

Steelers RB John Clay clarified reports that he walked out of practice Monday.

Clay was told to leave by RBs coach Kirby Wilson after making a mistake in drills. Clay promptly headed for the locker room instead of the sidelines. "It was all a misunderstanding," Clay explained. He remains an extreme longshot to make the team.
Tue, Aug 16, 2011 04:16:00 PM

Multiple beat reporters noted that undrafted RB John Clay walked out on Steelers practice Monday afternoon.

A staffer chased Clay down and convinced him to return to team drills. "Never seen that before," tweeted Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Color him gone." Clay was red-flagged with character and medical concerns on draft weekend. This won't help his chances of an NFL career. He was already considered a roster longshot.
Mon, Aug 15, 2011 05:41:00 PM

Steelers signed former Wisconsin RB John Clay.

A 248-pound power back, Clay went undrafted due to character and medical concerns. He was the 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, but his performance slipped in a three-way rotation with Montee Ball and James White last season. Clay's running style does fit Pittsburgh's power-based scheme, but he runs a 4.9 forty. Slow backs don't last long in the pros.
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 02:48:00 PM

NFL scouts reportedly want Wisconsin RB John Clay to bulk back up into the 250-pound range.

Clay reportedly weighed near 270 during January's Rose Bowl. By the Combine in late February, he was amazingly down to 231. The weight loss didn't help him, though, as Clay barely broke 4.9 in Indy and was in the 4.7s on a faster track at the Badgers' Pro Day. SI.com's Don Banks suggests that Clay could draw late-round interest as a LeGarrette Blount-type "hammer-style back."
Source: SI.com
Fri, Mar 11, 2011 12:00:00 PM

Wisconsin RB John Clay ran unofficial forty times of 4.75 and 4.85 at Sunday's NFL Combine.

Clay was hoping prove skeptics wrong after dropping 30 pounds. Instead, he fell flat with two painfully slow times. Clay has another shot to impress at Wisconsin's March 9 pro day, but he's taking on the look of a late-round pick.
Sun, Feb 27, 2011 06:53:00 PM

Wisconsin RB John Clay weighed 231 pounds at the Scouting Combine Friday.

Clay told reporters that he's shed 30 pounds recently "due to a better diet." Clay was listed at 248 pounds by Wisconsin and 255 by ESPN.com, so the weight loss is impressive. According to SI's Tony Pauline, Clay looked "svelte" while approaching the podium to speak to reporters at the Combine.
Fri, Feb 25, 2011 04:13:00 PM

Wisconsin RB John Clay will forgo his senior season to enter the 2011 NFL draft.

Ex-Badger Ron Dayne tried convincing Clay to stay one more year, but that wouldn't have been a wise choice. By the end of the 2010 season, it'd become clear that he was Wisconsin's third best back, behind Montee Ball and James White. Oft-injured, overweight, and at times fumble prone in college, Clay still projects as no better than a middle-round prospect. The 6'1", 248-pounder packs plenty of power, but offers zero in the passing game.
Fri, Jan 7, 2011 01:56:00 PM

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