Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 9:48am
The Patriots bracketed and sometimes double-covered Clay in that second meeting. Clay had caught seven passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers the week before the New England game. He caught one pass for six yards against the Patriots.
If that's the direction the Pats go, Dolphins OC Bill Lazor expects WRs Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson to step up if the Patriots decided to erase Clay. The Pats were actually the 6th best team allowing fantasy points to TEs last year, so it wasn't just Clay they shut down last season. Clay ranks 13th on our TE list for Week 1, and owners should be aware it could be a long day for Clay.
Monday, August 18, 2014, 7:59pm
Monday, August 4, 2014, 9:48am
Anytime Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill needed someone to bail the offense out on third down TE Charles Clay was the playmaker he turned to. Clay, who produced a breakout season last year, catching 69 passes for 759 yards and scoring a team-leading seven touchdowns, appears ready to pick up where he left off in 2013. Clay hopes another productive season will land him the lucrative contract extension he seeks.
Along with Delanie Walker, Clay is a cheap option at tight end who should offer baseline (top 12) numbers in the later rounds.
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 5:08pm
"He wants to play fast," Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said of new OC Bill Lazor, who is widely credited for the emergence of Nick Foles, who led the league in passer rating and set an NFL record for touchdown-to-interception ratio (27:2). "I think that's his biggest point at this time is just getting to the line, playing fast, putting pressure on the defense. We're going to huddle. We're going to take our time in that standpoint, but once we break we want to put pressure on the defense."
If Lazor is half as successful as Chip Kelly was in his first year calling plays in the NFL, then the Dolphins will have several fantasy relevant players on the roster. Tannehill, Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Charles Clay and Knowshon Moreno are players to monitor this summer.
Impressive day for Ryan Tannehill, who threw two touchdowns to Mike Wallace, a dart in the middle of the end zone to Brian Hartline for a touchdown and another great throw that should have been a touchdown to Charles Clay (who dropped it). He threw one interception (to Jimmy Wilson) but also wisely threw the ball away when nothing was there.
Wallace, as we wrote a couple times last week, is in clearly better spirits. One reason is that he loves Bill Lazor’s offense and the flexibility it gives him to change where he lines up.
Mike Sherman wouldn’t permit him to do that last year, and Wallace said today that as a result, opposing defenses knew exactly where he was going to be.
Wallace finished the season as the #25 WR, but was an unreliable option for most of the year. Thanks to four touchdowns in his final six games, he averaged 10.8 FP in that span, which equates to low-end WR1-type numbers. We're not expecting that kind of production, though he should be a top-end WR3 if his late season surge continues into this season. The arrival of OC Bill Lazor should help.
Friday, December 20, 2013, 6:35pm
Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. With Cameron out, Delanie Walker, Martellus Bennett, Dennis Pitta, Charles Clay, Andrew Quarless, Marcedes Lewis and Ryan Griffin are currently ranked as the top plug-and-play options.
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 6:43pm
Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Cameron is looking very iffy for Week 16. Owners should have a Plan B in place. Delanie Walker, Martellus Bennett, Dennis Pitta, Charles Clay, Marcedes Lewis, Tim Wright and Andrew Quarless are currently ranked as the top plug-and-play options.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:32pm
Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. No concussion was reported after the game, so this comes as a bit of a surprise. He'll have to navigate through the NFL concussion protocol this week in a race to be ready to face the Jets in Week 16. Owners should have a Plan B in place. Delanie Walker, Martellus Bennett, Dennis Pitta, Charles Clay and Marcedes Lewis are currently ranked as the top pickup-and-start options.
The Patriots believe Gronkowski is healthy enough to make his season debut after an offseason that included back surgery and a series of arm procedures. However, Gronkowski and his camp are wary about returning too soon, particularly after last season when he broke his forearm and then re-injured it when he returned for the playoffs.
New reports from Pro Football Talk say Gronkowski and the Pats are, in fact, on the same page about his return. But, this story points point that it's not the first time the two sides have disagreed, and the Pats felt he could have been ready by Week 2. Gronk is too big of a risk to play this week unless you have a backup plan. As we pointed out earlier this week, Dolphins TE Charles Clay is a pretty solid backup option who plays Monday night. You could start Gronkowski and then potentially replace him with Clay when we find out Gronk's status.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 7:18pm
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 4. Pro Football Talk reported on Thursday that Gronkowski was unlikely to play on Sunday night, but on Friday the Boston Globe reported that it has a source that says he's tentatively expected to play. Given the time of the game, it's risky to wait, although we should have a better idea tomorrow when we find out of he traveled to Atlanta for the game. Charles Clay plays on Monday night and might be the best Plan B option available for owners who want to wait on Gronk.
This week, Gronk has participated in practice on a limited basis both Wednesday and Thursday. His status for Sunday is still to be determined. Per a league source, however, the outlook currently is not optimistic.
Gronkowski is listed as having both arm and back injuries. It had been believed that the back surgery he underwent in June was the primary impediment, but some have reported that the twice-broken and then infected forearm is the bigger problem.
The Patriots play on Sunday night so owners should have a Plan B ready to go in case Gronk can't play. Charles Clay plays on Monday night and is probably the best readily available option that could fill in for Gronk owners who want to wait and see if he plays. Otherwise, we're recommending Gronk owners go with whatever options they have available on their respective rosters.
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6:51pm
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) took limited practice reps again Thursday. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Gronkowski is 60/40 to play, though his Sunday night game makes it a tough call for fantasy owners. Charles Clay plays on Monday night and might be the best Plan B option available for owners who want to wait on Gronk.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 7:29pm
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Chris Mortensen reported that Gronkowski is 60/40 to play, though his Sunday night game makes it a tough call for fantasy owners. Charles Clay plays on Monday night and might be the best Plan B option available for owners who want to wait on Gronk.
Vernon Davis, who suffered a left hamstring strain late in Sunday's loss to Seattle, was the only 49er who did not practice Friday. He is listed as questionable on the team's injury report.
The 49ers tight end said he was able to run on a side field while the rest of the team practiced Friday. "I'm feeling pretty good, sore, bruised up, but that comes with the business, comes with the game," he said. " Definitely my focus is on this game. .. We shall see when Sunday comes."
Our guess is that Davis will play on Sunday, but there are no guarantees, so have a Plan B ready to go. Coby Fleener, Charles Clay, Heath Miller, Kellen Winslow and Scott Chandler all play at the same time or later this week. Fellow 49er (and rookie) Vance McDonald would be another option if Davis can't play.
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