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Charles Clay | Tight End

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: Tulsa
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Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) caught one pass for 18 yards in his first action this preseason Saturday night.
Clay made a nice catch-and-run play on a crossing route during the Dolphins' first drive, and was not seen much after that. Clay looked healthy, and should be good to go Week 1. He is a low-end TE1. Aug 23 - 11:05 PM

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Charles Clay (knee) returned to Dolphins practice Monday.

Clay went down two weeks ago, and missed each of the Dolphins' first two preseason games. He should be considered no better than 50-50 for this week's regular-season dress rehearsal as he rounds back into practice form. Clay is a borderline TE1, and would ideally be part of a committee for your fantasy team.
Aug 18 - 2:20 PM

Charles Clay (knee) insisted that he'll be ready for Week 1.

Clay injured his knee in the Dolphins' intra-squad scrimmage a couple weeks ago. He's missed Miami's first two preseason games and is considered week-to-week. Clay is currently on the TE1/2 border as our No. 13 fantasy tight end.
Aug 17 - 12:49 PM

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was vague when asked about Charles Clay's (knee) status on Thursday.

Quizzed on Clay's Week 1 status, Philbin claimed he's day to day, but hinted that he's more week to week. "The longer you’re out, the more of a period of getting acclimated back into football. I’d love to have him out here as soon as possible." For now, there's no real reason to fret about Clay's status for the opener, but it's a strike against his TE1 case. Clay is Rotoworld's No. 13 tight end.
Aug 14 - 2:08 PM

Charles Clay (knee) will miss "multiple practices."

Clay hurt his knee over the weekend and is considered week to week. He'll likely miss the preseason opener. The missed time is something of a concern with Miami installing a new offense under Bill Lazor. Lazor comes from Philly, where the team utilized tight ends in a week-to-week, matchup-based manner.
Aug 4 - 8:50 AM

NFL sources told ESPN's Field Yates that Charles Clay is among the biggest "offensive nightmare matchups."

There's a bit of hyperbole going on here as Clay is joined on Yates' list by the likes of Calvin Johnson, Jimmy Graham, Adrian Peterson, Rob Gronkowski etc. But it speaks to the underrated real-life value Clay brings to the Dolphins as a versatile pass-catcher (69-759-6 last season), blocker and situational ball carrier. However, fantasy owners should be wary of a statistical regression as new OC Bill Lazor focuses more on the run game and getting Mike Wallace involved.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 16 - 9:51 AM

The Dolphins are considering a contract extension for TE Charles Clay.

Clay is coming off a career-best 69/759/6 line. A Jeff Ireland sixth-round pick, Clay has no ties to new GM Dennis Hickey, but is expected to be in Miami's long-term plans. The Dolphins have a history of letting players reach free agency, so there's still a chance Clay plays out his rookie deal without a new contract.
Apr 18 - 5:29 PM

ESPN Dolphins blogger James Walker considers TE Charles Clay a candidate for a contract extension this offseason.

A 2011 sixth-round pick, Clay is set to make only $645,000 in the final year of his rookie deal. The Dolphins may not want to risk losing Clay to free agency, so he could be extended this offseason. Clay graded out as a top-10 receiving tight end by Pro Football Focus and is expected to be part of Miami's long-term plans.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 8 - 7:03 PM

Charles Clay caught four passes for 43 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Jets.

Clay secured four of the six passes thrown his way, but dropped his lone red-zone target. He also failed to convert on a critical fourth-and-inches carry in the third quarter. Despite the down game, Clay still managed to put together a nice breakout season -- finishing with 69 receptions, 763 yards, and six touchdowns. He'll be on the TE1 radar in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:39:00 PM

Charles Clay caught four passes for 32 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss at Buffalo.

It was a brutal day for the entire Dolphins offense as they couldn't protect Ryan Tannehill at all. So Clay ends up with a total of five catches for 38 yards and no touchdowns between Weeks 15 and 16, burying owners who had ridden him as a low-end TE1 all year long. That's the risk in relying on a player who doesn't have much juice after the catch and plays in an inconsistent offense.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:18:00 PM

Charles Clay caught one pass for six yards in Miami's Week 15 win over the Patriots.

Clay was targeted only twice, and out-produced by Michael Egnew. It was a baffling day against a Patriots' linebacker corps that's struggled in coverage this season, but OC Mike Sherman likely won't be asked about it after a win. Fantasy owners have to shake off the dud heading into the final week of the playoffs. Clay entered Week 15 as fantasy's No. 7 tight end on the season. He'll be a mid-range to low-end TE1 against the Bills.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 06:43:00 PM

Charles Clay caught seven passes for 97 yards with two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 14 win at Pittsburgh.

Clay went toe-to-toe with Troy Polamalu and won. His first touchdown came on a goal-line play in which he started inside, blocked and then leaked out for an easy 6-yarder. His second score came on a simple out pattern in which he pulled a Houdini on two tacklers and coasted up the sideline for a 12-yard score. The red-hot Clay will be a TE1 candidate in the Week 15 game against the Patriots. He has 14 catches, 177 yards and two touchdowns across the last two weeks and is now averaging 52.1 yards per game on the season.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 06:25:00 PM

Charles Clay had seven catches for 80 yards in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Jets.

The Jets struggled to contain Clay in the short passing game and he beat them multiple times over the middle of the field. His 10 targets were behind only Brian Hartline and he was heavily involved in the red-zone, even getting a goal-line carry in the second quarter. Clay has 53 receptions, 581 yards, and four touchdowns through 12 games. He'll be a low-end TE1 in Week 14 against the Steelers.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 05:38:00 PM

Charles Clay caught four passes for 27 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Panthers.

Clay tied for second on the team with seven targets, but Ryan Tannehill just missed him in the end zone once and he ran all his routes short. It's the fifth time in the last six games that Clay has been held under 40 receiving yards. He'll be a borderline TE1 against a Jets defense that gave up six catches for 79 yards to Ed Dickson/Dallas Clark Sunday.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 06:17:00 PM

Charles Clay caught six passes for 90 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 11 win over the Chargers.

Clay was a beast. In the third quarter, he took a simple 5-yard out from Ryan Tannehill and somehow ran through/around roughly six Chargers defenders for a 39-yard score. You don't see many tight ends capable of that. Clay is an inconsistent box-score performer because of the Dolphins offensive issues, but he has TE1 talent. He'll be a borderline top-12 play against the Panthers in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 07:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Tannehill
2Matt Moore
RB1Lamar Miller
2Knowshon Moreno
3Damien Williams
4Orleans Darkwa
GLB1Lamar Miller
2Knowshon Moreno
3RB1Knowshon Moreno
2Lamar Miller
WR11Mike Wallace
2Rishard Matthews
3Matt Hazel
WR21Brian Hartline
2Brandon Gibson
3Jarvis Landry
4Tommy Streeter
WR31Brandon Gibson
TE1Charles Clay
2Dion Sims
3Gator Hoskins
K1Caleb Sturgis