Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
3 days ago

Clay will not play in Friday's preseason game against Washington, the Bills' official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Bills are resting a bunch of key players on both sides of the ball, apparently choosing not to treat the third preseason game as a dress rehearsal. Clay missed some practice time at training camp due to a back injury, but he returned to play in the Bills' second preseason game, catching one pass for a 59-yard gain.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
1 week ago

Clay caught his lone target for a 59-yard gain in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

No longer bothered by a minor back injury that cost him some practice time, Clay got open on a broken play for an uncharacteristic long gain. He should be a big part of the Buffalo passing game, but he's not going to get many deep targets once the season begins.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
3 weeks ago

Clay (back) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Considering the session was the Bills' final one before Saturday's exhibition opener against the Colts, Clay is iffy, at best, for the contest. If LeSean McCoy (ankle) and potentially Sammy Watkins join Clay on the pine, Tyrod Taylor will be without arguably his top-3 playmakers. Nonetheless, TEs Chris Gragg, Blake Annen, and Nick O'Leary are poised for increased action.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
4 weeks ago

Clay (back) is back in pads at Thursday's practice, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Clay has been proceeding cautiously throughout training camp thus far as he's nursing what appears to be a minor back issue, which kept him out of Tuesday's practice. If he continues to play it smart for the next week or so, this isn't something that should hinder his Week 1 status by the time the regular season roles around. Clay projects to be a key factor in the Bills' offense, as the next-best options at tight end include Jim Dray and Chris Gragg.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
4 weeks ago

Clay (back) didn't participate in practice Tuesday, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After missing time in the offseason program due to an unknown ailment, Clay entered camp with a directive from the team to ease into action, which may explain Tuesday's absence. In the two days prior, though, the training staff was stretching out his back and hip often. An injured back ultimately forced the Bills to place Clay on injured reserve before Week 17 last season, so his progress this preseason will be of utmost interest. When healthy, the tight end serves as one of Tyrod Taylor's top considerations in the passing game within an offense lacking much firepower outside of Sammy Watkins (foot) and LeSean McCoy (ankle).

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
1 month ago

While Clay (back) has been participating in training camp, the team is taking it slow with him, BuffaloBills.com reports. "There's definitely a competitive nature, but you understand why he's doing it," said Clay of coach Rex Ryan. "You look at last season and most of the season we didn't have all our weapons and that's a big focus going into this year. It's kind of hard at times to pace yourself when you want to go out there and get the timing and things like that, but we'll definitely get some time to do that.... It's something I think will definitely serve us well."

EDGE Analysis

Clay is easily the team's best all-around tight end, and even though he doesn't see a ton of balls thrown his way with Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy in the fold, he's still an important part of the offense. This is offensive coordinator Greg Roman's second year with the team, so there's really little use in trying to push some of the veterans until things get serious.

Charles Clay
TE BUF (10)
3 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)
3 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)
3 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)
6 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.