Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
2 months ago

Clay, who sat out last week's OTA sessions with a minor undisclosed injury, will be on the field this week, BuffaloBills.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Clay is the clear-cut tight end and will see the field for almost every snap if healthy this season. His upside is limited based on the Bills' propensity to run the ball, but he'd probably be worth a good look if Sammy Watkins' injury issues persist into the regular season, or if the team started making Clay more of a red-zone threat.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
2 months ago

Clay (back) missed Tuesday's OTA practice due to an unspecified health issue, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Clay missed the final three games of last season with a back injury, after dealing with neck, calf and knee issues earlier in the year. He played 13+ games in each of his first five NFL seasons, but the persistent issues with one of his knees has led to questions about his long-term durability. If healthy, the 27-year-old Clay figures to be a key part of the Buffalo passing game - particularly if Sammy Watkins (broken foot) misses any time. There's been no indication that Clay's current injury is anything serious.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
2 months ago

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman expects Clay (back) to be more productive this season as quarterback Tyrod Taylor continues to develop, The Buffalo News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Working against this theory is that the Bills are a run-based team, while Clay has never had more than six touchdowns or 759 receiving yards in a season. On the positive side, Roman is known for having productive tight ends, and Clay certainly has the skill set to thrive in this system. The thought also says that Clay was open quite a bit last season, but a green Taylor either didn't notice or was afraid to chuck it over the middle. The Bills plan to have Taylor do that more this season. Finally, the team's only real receiving threat, Sammy Watkins, is far from a picture of model health.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
5 months ago

Clay (back) has restructured his contract, BuffaloBills.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It doesn't sound like this did much if anything to Clay's total pay, but the offseason math with help the cap-crunched Bills try to re-sign some of their free agents, namely Cordy Glenn and Richie Incognito. We haven't heard much about Clay's back injury either after it forced him to miss the final three games, but it didn't sound like anything serious at the time and the Bills were long out of the playoffs. He'll try to build on his 51/528/3 line now that he has a year of familiarity with Tyrod Taylor and offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
7 months ago

Clay (back) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coach Rex Ryan was pessimistic when discussing a possible Week 17 return for Clay on Monday, but this move officially ends the tight end's 2015 campaign. While Clay seemed to be developing a strong rapport with quarterback Tyrod Taylor early on, he did little down the stretch, catching just one touchdown and averaging 38.4 yards in his final 10 games.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
7 months ago

Clay (back) is unlikely to play in the Bills' regular season finale Sunday against the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

With Clay likely to be held out this weekend, Chris Gragg and Nick O'Leary are in line to close out the season as the Bills' top tight ends, with neither being a high-percentage fantasy dart in Week 17.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
7 months ago

Clay (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

EDGE Analysis

With Clay out this week, Chris Gragg and Nick O'Leary are on hand to fill in at TE for the Bills on Sunday, though neither of the two represent a high-percentage fantasy play. With wideout Robert Woods on IR, Sammy Watkins is clearly the Bills' top weapon in the team's Week 16 passing attack.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
7 months ago

Clay (back) did not practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

We'll revisit Clay's status for Sunday's game against the Cowboys no later than Friday, but his absence from practice Thursday is somewhat concerning after the tight end was able to practice Wednesday in a limited fashion.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
7 months ago

Clay (back) was limited at practice Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Clay missed Week 15's loss to Washington, but his participation in practice Wednesday, albeit in a limited fashion, would appear to bode well for the tight end's chances of potentially being available for Sunday's game against Dallas.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
7 months ago

Clay (back) could play Sunday against the Cowboys, ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Clay missed Sunday's loss to the Redskins, but doctors are reportedly encouraged by how his back injury has healed, putting him in contention to play this coming week. While that's good news to start this week, Clay's practice participation should prove most telling, making it important to monitor leading up to Sunday's contest.