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Charles Clay | Tight End | #85

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: Tulsa
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 6 (174) / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak reports trainers have routinely treated Charles Clay for a lower-back issue during camp.
Clay has not missed much time, but it is concerning after he sat out the final three games of last year dealing with a strained back. The Bills want to use their high-priced tight end more often this season, but that will be tricky if his back continues to act up. Clay does not need to be drafted in standard fantasy formats. Aug 8 - 10:59 AM
Source: ESPN

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The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills want to get Charles Clay more targets this season.

The coaching staff reportedly identified numerous plays in which Clay was open but not targeted last season, and their goal is to prevent that from happening this year. Clay had a couple big-target games, but he was too often left out of the gameplan. It does not sound like that will happen this season. With Sammy Watkins' health always a question mark, Clay could be in for a big role.
May 21 - 1:54 PM

Charles Clay has restructured his contract.

Clay had been set to count an absurd $13.5 million against the salary cap. The Bills' website expects the team to convert Clay's $10 million roster bonus into a signing bonus, which allows it to be prorated over the final four years of Clay's deal. Such a move would free up $7.5 million in 2016 space. Now 27, Clay posted three-year lows in catches (51) and yards (528) last season.
Feb 25 - 7:14 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Capaccio reports the Bills and TE Charles Clay are close to finalizing a restructured contract.

Clay is set to count $13.5 million against the cap after signing a huge deal last offseason. The restructure will likely spread out the cap hit from Clay's $10 million roster bonus over the rest of the contract, giving the Bills some desperately needed cap relief this season. After a disappointing season which ended on injured reserve, Buffalo needs to get more out of Clay moving forward.
Feb 25 - 10:39 AM

Bills placed TE Charles Clay on injured reserve with a back injury, ending his season.

Clay signed a five-year, $38 million deal back in March, and Buffalo paid him like an elite tight end. Clay's $7.6 million annual average is fourth among all tight ends behind Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas, and Rob Gronkowski. Clay got 64.5 percent of his entire deal guaranteed, which is number one among all tight ends who aren't playing on their rookie contracts. Clay produced a pedestrian 51-528-3 line in his first year in Buffalo. The Bills need to make better use of him in 2016.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 08:13:00 PM

Charles Clay is out for Week 17 with a back injury.

The back injury will end up costing Clay Weeks 15-17. Signed to a five-year, $38 million contract by Buffalo in the offseason, Clay managed a 51-528-3 receiving line in his first season as a Bill. He has been plagued by back and knee injuries in the last two seasons. Clay will turn 27 in February.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 01:37:00 PM

Bills TE Charles Clay (back) has been ruled out for Week 16.

Clay will join Robert Woods (groin) on the shelf, improving Sammy Watkins' floor and ceiling for targets. In the absence of Clay, the Bills will turn to Chris Gragg and sixth-round rookie Nick O'Leary in a tight end rotation.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 04:36:00 PM

Charles Clay (back) returned to practice on Friday.

It was likely a limited session. Clay's presence at practice would suggest a tentative return Sunday against Dallas. He had some relevance early in the year when Sammy Watkins was hurt but Clay won't be a fantasy option for finals week.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 03:34:00 PM

Charles Clay (back) is not practicing Thursday.

ESPN's Adam Caplan reported Clay is still "a bit sore" and is questionable for Week 16. He can be viewed as slightly worse than questionable after missing Thursday's practice. Clay is not an exciting fantasy option even when he is on the field.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 11:54:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Charles Clay (back) is still "a bit sore" and is considered questionable for Week 16 against the Cowboys.

Clay missed last week with a pulled muscle in his back. He returned to a limited practice Wednesday, and the Bills are reportedly optimistic about his chances of playing. Clay has one touchdown since Week 3 and has not surpassed 70 yards receiving since Week 4. He will be a low-upside TE2 even if he suits up.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 08:59:00 AM

The Bills are optimistic about Charles Clay's (back) Week 16 status.

Clay missed Sunday's loss to the Redskins. His return would be a boost, but coming against a Cowboys defense that's no picnic for tight ends. Clay won't be more than a low-end TE2 if he suits up for finals week.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 01:45:00 PM

Charles Clay (back) has been ruled out for Week 15 against the Redskins.

This comes as no surprise. Clay hasn't practiced at all this week after straining a muscle in his back last Sunday against the Eagles. Clay hasn't produced much since September. Chris Gragg will handle tight end duties, but Robert Woods, LeSean McCoy, and Sammy Watkins could see more looks.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 12:42:00 PM

Charles Clay (back) did not practice Friday.

That's three missed practices this week. Clay has a pulled muscle in his back and is looking doubtful for Week 15. Robert Woods could be the beneficiary.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 11:15:00 AM

Charles Clay (back) did not practice Thursday.

Clay also sat out Wednesday and is now unlikely to play against Washington. Chris Gragg should start with Clay sidelined. Robert Woods could see more targets against the Redskins.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 12:01:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Charles Clay (back) is considered day-to-day.

He has a pulled muscle in his back. Clay missed the final three quarters of Sunday's loss to the Eagles. If Clay is unable to go this week against the Redskins, Chris Gragg and rookie Nick O'Leary will handle tight end.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 09:11:00 AM

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