Charles Clay (American football)

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Charles Clay
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Clay with the Buffalo Bills in 2015
No. 85 Buffalo Bills
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-02-13) February 13, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Little Rock, Arkansas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Little Rock (AR) Central
College: Tulsa
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 174
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2016
Receptions: 266
Receiving yards: 2,869
Receiving touchdowns: 21
Long: 67
Rushing yards: 15
Rushing touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Charles Clay (born February 13, 1989) is an American football tight end for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Tulsa. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round (174th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Clay began his career as a fullback and often lines up in the backfield as an H-back.

Background[edit]

Clay attended Little Rock Central High School where he was ranked as the 13th top overall prospect in the state of Arkansas by Rivals.com his senior season. As a senior, he rushed for 891 yards and 11 touchdowns, he also had four receiving touchdowns. He was rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.[1]

College career[edit]

Clay then attended the University of Tulsa, where he majored in business as well as played halfback and fullback from 2007 to 2010. As a true freshman in 2007, he appeared in all 14 games (10 starts). He recorded 69 receptions for 1,024 yards and seven touchdowns. His receiving yards ranked him second on the school's all-time freshman receiving list. He also recorded 304 rushing yards and one touchdown. He was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team as well as All-C-USA honorable mention. He was also named Second-team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com as an All-purpose player. As a sophomore in 2008, he appeared in all 14 games (nine starts). He recorded 38 receptions for 464 yrds and nine touchdowns. He also carried the ball 25 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns. In 2009, as a junior, he appeared in all 12 games (11 starts). He recorded 39 receptions for 530 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 63 times for 236 yards and seven touchdowns.[1] As a senior in 2010, he appeared in 13 games. He recorded 43 receptions for 526 yards and seven touchdowns. He also, rushed the ball 34 times for 226 yards.[2]

During his career Clay accumulated 685 rushing yards on 145 carries with 10 rushing touchdowns and also added over 2,000 yards receiving with 21 receiving touchdowns.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg TD Lng Fum Lost
2007 TUL 14 10 69 1,024 14.8 53 7 57 304 5.3 1 30 0 0
2008 TUL 14 9 38 464 12.2 73 9 25 145 5.8 2 40 0 0
2009 TUL 12 11 39 530 13.6 63 5 63 236 3.7 7 20 0 0
2010 TUL 13 -- 43 526 12.2 -- 7 34 226 6.6 0 -- 0 0
Career 52 -- 189 2,544 13.5 73 28 179 911 5.1 10 40 0 0

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2⅞ in 245 lb 33 in 9⅝ in 4.73 s 1.67 s 2.74 s 4.15 s 7.07 s 33 ½ in 9 ft 10 in 18 reps
All values from NFL Scouting Combine.[3][4]

After playing in the 2011 Senior Bowl and participating in the NFL Scouting Combine, NFL.com's scouts noted that "Clay is an athletic fullback that is a weapon in the receiving game. Possesses good lateral agility and makes people miss in the open field. Delivers powerful shots blocking and shows good leg drive. Strong enough to push the pile in short yardage situations and can break tackles in the secondary."[5]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Clay was drafted in the sixth round (174th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.

Clay recorded his first career reception on October 2, 2011, against the San Diego Chargers. On November 20, he recorded his first touchdown against the Buffalo Bills. He finished the 2011 with 16 receptions for 233 yards (14.6 avg.) and three touchdowns and 2012 with 18 receptions for 2012 yards (11.8 avg.) and two touchdowns as one of the team's fullbacks.[6]

In 2013, after starting tight end Dustin Keller suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason, Clay assumed the starting tight end role after being an H-Back on the team.[7] In his second start, he recorded his first career rushing touchdown and 109 yards receiving in a Week 2 matchup with the Colts.[6] During Week 14, against the Pittsburgh Steelers he broke multiple tackles, including one of veteran safety Troy Polamalu, on his way to a touchdown in a Miami win. He finished the season with 69 catches, 759 yards (11.0 avg.) and six touchdowns; in addition to 15 yards rushing on seven carries and a rushing touchdown.[6] His performance earned him the 89th ranking position on the 2014 edition of the NFL Top 100.[8] For the 2014 season, he started all 14 games he appeared in. He recorded 58 receptions for 605 yards (10.4 avg.) and three touchdowns.[6]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Clay with the Bills in 2015

On March 19, 2015, Clay signed a five-year, $38 million contract with the Buffalo Bills, after the Dolphins elected not to match the offer.[9]

In 2015, his first season in Buffalo, he started 13 games. He recorded 51 receptions for 528 yards (10.4 avg.) and three touchdowns.[6]

Buffalo Bills franchise records[edit]

  • First Bills tight end with back-to-back seasons with 50+ receptions, 500+ receiving yards [10]
  • Most consecutive games with 1+ receiving TD by a Bills tight end: 3, tied with Scott Chandler [11]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg TD Lng Fum Lost
2011 MIA 14 9 16 233 14.6 46 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 MIA 14 9 18 212 11.8 31 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 MIA 16 15 69 759 11.0 67 6 7 15 2.1 1 13 0 0
2014 MIA 14 14 58 605 10.4 41 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 BUF 13 13 51 528 10.4 40 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2016 BUF 14 14 54 532 9.9 40 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 83 72 251 2,712 10.8 67 18 7 15 2.1 1 13 1 1

Personal life[edit]

Clay is the son of Charles and Jerrilyn Clay. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The elder Clay played college football at Arkansas.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  2. ^ "Charles Clay College Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Charles Clay, DS #1 FB, Tulsa". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Charles Clay". NFL.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Charles Clay: Combine Stats". NFL.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Charles Clay Game logs". NFL.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ Strahm, Cody (August 20, 2013). "Miami Dolphins: Charles Clay Moves to Starting Tight End". DolphinsGab.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ "ATL writers weigh in on 'The Top 100 Players of 2014'". National Football League. May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ Brown, Chris. "Bills land TE Charles Clay". BuffaloBills.com. Buffalo Bills. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  10. ^ http://pfref.com/tiny/xLk6n
  11. ^ http://pfref.com/tiny/m4GZW

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