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TE Barnidge to work out for Jags

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2017 – 6:48 am

He’s been using his time waiting for what he feels could be an opportunity to start. Free agent TE Gary Barnidge apparently sees the Jacksonville Jaguars as a team where potentially starting is realistic. That’s why he’s working out for the Jags today. 

That according to First Coast News. Barnidge, who made a free agent visit with the Bills back in May, has been holding out for an opportunity to step into a starting role. 

That wouldn’t be the case in Buffalo with Charles Clay as the entrenched starter. But in Jacksonville after Julius Thomas was traded to Miami there is just a collection of largely unproven tight ends and an aging Marcedes Lewis on their roster. 

Barnidge won’t sign for peanuts so it will be interesting to see what the Jags are willing to commit to the veteran tight end after their busy offseason of free agent spending. 


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Fan Friday 6-2

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2017 – 11:44 am

Last week of OTAs coming up on Monday with mandatory minicamp to follow. The offseason is winding down. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

In OTA’s during the qb drills which backup qb is getting the most time with the 2s and which will get time with the 3s?

Chris soh
@Chrissohpher767

CB: I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been counting reps for the quarterbacks behind Tyrod. Here’s what I’ve witnessed thus far. Early in OTAs, T.J. Yates did not get many reps at all. That’s because he’s had multiple seasons in this offense going back to his time with Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison in Houston.

It was clear early in OTAs that they wanted to get the younger QBs up to speed with the scheme so Nate Peterman and Cardale Jones were rotated through more behind Taylor.

In week two of OTAs, Yates was rotated in as the second QB.

Here’s how team period snaps often went last week.

Taylor – 3 reps
Yates – 3 reps
Jones – 3 reps
Taylor – 3 reps
Peterman – 3 reps
End of team period.

So Taylor would get six snaps, while everyone else got three during each team period. We’ll see if that changes at all this week.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

How’s Zay’s knee?

Buffalo Bills NL
@BuffaloBillsNL

CB: We have not received an official update beyond him being week to week. That being said I did see him here at One Bills Drive this week in the hall. He was walking normally without any hitch in his gait, which is a good sign. Now that doesn’t mean he’ll be able to practice this coming week, but it is an indication that he’s made good progress since sustaining the sprained knee in the first week of OTAs.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

What is Clay’s contract situation? How much $ would @buffalobills have to eat if they cut him & target Barnidge?

Cory Fountain
@coryfountain

CB: Clay is going to make $4.5M in base salary each of the next three years. The prorated portion of his bonus, which impacts the salary cap, is also $4.5M annually, giving him a total cap figure of $9M each of the next three seasons.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any chance Dennison can get Tyrod to see and use the whole field in passing game, especially the oft-neglected middle of the field?

Matt Dermody
@MDermody88

CB: While I don’t debate that using the middle of the field consistently was a deficiency in Tyrod Taylor’s game, I’d encourage you to look at his last two starts from last season. I thought Taylor took a step forward when it came to reading the middle of the field and making plays between the numbers.

Against Cleveland and Miami, even though it was clear that swing passes and screens were part of the game plan designed to get receivers and backs out in space in both games, Taylor still worked the middle of the field.

In the Browns game five of his 17 completions in the game either went to the middle of the field or hit a receiver coming from the middle of the field on a crossing pattern or drag route. His only incompletion to the middle of the field in that game came on a pass under pressure.

Against the Dolphins, Taylor had his first 300-yard passing game. Again swings and screens accounted for a good portion of the completions, but he found Clay, Watkins and Woods for plays that worked the middle of the field, including the 34-yard flea flicker late in the game to Woods.

That’s why I was disappointed to see him not play in the season finale. I wanted to see a third straight game of him using the middle of the field, but he wasn’t given that opportunity.

To answer your question I think he has a chance to see the middle of the field even better this year knowing that Dennison will probably get him out on the move even more than the offensive staff did last year. That will enable him to see the whole field even better than he does from the pocket.

That’s not to say he can’t make plays over the middle from the pocket. His last two starts in 2016 are an indication that he is learning how. But designed rollouts and bootlegs in Dennison’s offense might have him on the edges even more this season.

 

5 – Hey Chris,

I briefly posed this a few weeks ago.

I am fascinated by the athleticism and potential of Logan Thomas. At 6’6″ and 250, he have great movement skills and good speed. Have you heard anything about his progress in converting to TE, or possibly even WR?  I know information may be extremely limited, but I could see him being a real sleeper for us.

Thanks for your time..
Have an abundantly blessed evening
Gary
CB: He has been working at tight end, and while he is still learning the nuances of the position, I agree he has rare athleticism for a player his size. Running full speed he made a one-handed catch in the end zone as he was going out of bounds along the left sideline and got his first foot down and dragged the back toe on the other for a good reception.

Even his teammates were wowed by it.

The good thing is he has a strong teaching coach in tight ends coach Rob Boras. It’s evident to me that the staff wants to try to groom that talent.

Does that mean he can help the Bills this season?

That’s hard to say. He’s still very young at the position, but with the right tutoring and commitment on his part I wouldn’t count him out.


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Clay heads up Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2016 – 2:30 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay did not make the trip with his teammates to Oakland on Saturday, and the impending birth of his first child will keep him out of today’s game as he was unable to make it to the west coast in time for today’s game.

Here is the full list of Bills inactives.

WR Robert Woods
WR Percy Harvin
CB Ronald Darby
TE Charles Clay
TE Logan Thomas
DL Jerel Worthy


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Injury update: Clay & Seymour

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 10:16 pm

While the Bills dodged a major bullet with LeSean McCoy narrowly escaping a major knee injury late in the first half, another offensive playmaker did not finish the game.

TE Charles Clay left the game with an ankle injury in the second half. CB Kevon Seymour also left the game late in the second half. Head coach Rex Ryan provided an update.

“Yeah, he’s got an ankle, so we’ll see how that goes during the week but he did not finish the game with an ankle,” said Ryan of Clay. “And then (Kevon) Seymour did not finish the game with a shoulder injury.”

Robert Woods left the game briefly at the end of the first half, and though he returned and finished the game, contributing a touchdown catch in the effort, he was hobbling the rest of the contest.


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Lynn: We’d like to target Clay more

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2016 – 10:29 am

After just 12 targets through the first three games, Bills TE Charles Clay hasn’t had much opportunity to make an impact in the passing game. Bills OC Anthony Lynn is hoping to change that.

He insists that Clay was part of the game plan last week, but circumstances prevented him from producing in the pass game in the win over Arizona.

“We had targets to Charles Clay last week. We missed him on one. One time the protection didn’t hold up,” said Lynn. “We do have Charles in mind and we know that he’s a playmaker so we’re trying to get him the football.”

 


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Clay, Glenn, Watkins sit Wednesday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2016 – 6:17 pm

The Bills were without three offensive starters on the practice field Wednesday. And a key defensive starter was limited with a hamstring injury.

Cordy Glenn, Charles Clay and Sammy Watkins were all sidelined with injuries. Moving forward it appears Watkins will have a reduced practice workload for the rest of the season in an effort to keep his ailing foot as fresh as possible for game days.

“He’s practicing once a week and you can only do so much,” said new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn of Watkins in an appearance on the John Murphy Show Wednesday.

Head coach Rex Ryan said at the beginning of the week that they were hopeful Cordy Glenn could return from his ankle injury and play Sunday. The chances of that happening will be better determined based on Glenn’s level of practice participation Thursday.

Ronald Darby’s hamstring injury did not surface in the game on Sunday according to head coach Rex Ryan, but it was enough to keep Darby from doing much at all in practice Wednesday.

“He got through the game and finished the game,” said Ryan of Darby. “Hopefully it’s not a serious injury.”

If Darby can’t go on Sunday, veteran Corey White is expected to step in at cornerback.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Sammy Watkins WR Foot DNP
Cordy Glenn T Ankle DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee DNP
Colt Anderson S Foot LP
Ronald Darby CB Hamstring LP
Cardale Jones QB Right shoulder LP

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Bills elusive weapons hard for Ravens to replicate

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2016 – 10:22 am

If there is one distinct advantage for Buffalo’s offense against the Ravens it’s their top weapons are extremely elusive. Earlier in the week Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees compared Sammy Watkins to perennial Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss. But Pees isn’t only worried about containing Watkins.

Preparing for Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy in the practice setting has been an issue because they don’t have any players on their practice squad or who they line up on their scout team during the week, who can effectively replicate what Taylor and McCoy can do on the field.

“We used some guys during some other practices and stuff, but Tyrod is one of the best athletes I have ever been around – ever,” said Pees. “Just watching him out here do things, even when he’d be out here catching a punt and doing things, he’s just a phenomenal, phenomenal athlete. I don’t know that you can simulate that. Our guys have tried to do a good job that we’ve put in there. The quarterbacks and running backs and all of those guys that have done that have done a great job with it. We just have to do a good job on defense of doing what we’re supposed to do – having good eyes and doing our technique, following our assignments and being where we’re supposed to be.

“[LeSean] McCoy is the same way. When McCoy runs a sweep, it’s like a punt return. You don’t know where he’s going to end up. I watched a film on him when he was four yards in the backfield on third-and-one, and he ended up gaining three, and nobody blocked anybody on the play. It was amazing.

“Those guys are phenomenal. It’s not just Tyrod. They have Sammy Watkins out there. They have [Charles] Clay, who I can still remember from Miami and is a heck of a tight end that’s got speed. They have a very, very talented crew. We have our hands full with all of them.”


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A passing game rendezvous

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2016 – 9:32 am

At the close of the 2015 season Bills QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Sammy Watkins both gave strong indication that there would be plans for some of the men in Buffalo’s passing game to get together on their own in the offseason to work on their on field chemistry. Some more details on that came to light Friday.

Bills GM Doug Whaley, appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday spoke to Taylor and found out where and who would be working together in the near future.

“I’ve talked to Tyrod and he, Sammy and Charles Clay are going to be in Florida working out together,” said Whaley.

As Whaley sees it that will only benefit the efforts to develop better overall consistency within the framework of Buffalo’s offense.

“All of a sudden next thing you know when we’re in a two minute drill there may not even be any verbal communication,” Whaley said. “There might just be some hand signs or some head nods where everybody is on the same page and that’s where you start to see an offense or even a defense make strides and take off.”

Whaley acknowledged that being able to keep offensive coordinator Greg Roman on staff will also do wonders for the offense as they’ll all be able to progress together.

“Just like any relationship the longer you’re together the closer you’re going to get and it gets to the point where Tyrod will anticipate what G-Ro is thinking and vice versa,” said Whaley.


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Clay unlikely for Sunday, McCoy a question mark

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2015 – 2:35 pm

Tight end Charles Clay has missed each of the last two games with a back injury, and head coach Rex Ryan isn’t optimistic that Clay will be able to suit up for Buffalo’s season finale. The status for RB LeSean McCoy isn’t much better as he is very much a question mark for Sunday’s game against the Jets.

“I don’t expect Charles Clay to play this week with that back,” said Ryan. “Shady… with LeSean I’m not sure. We’ll see how that goes during the week, but if it’s going to be one of these things that limit then we’ll err on the side of caution.”

McCoy did not play in Sunday’s win over Dallas.


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Bradham, Clay, McCoy out, Darby questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2015 – 10:15 am

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The Bills will be without three more starters on Sunday against Dallas with their top available cornerback a question mark for Sunday.

Buffalo declared LB Nigel Bradham, TE Charles Clay and RB LeSean McCoy out for Sunday’s game. For Clay it will be his second straight game in which he’s sidelined. For McCoy it’s the first game he’ll miss since Week 5 at Tennessee.

Meanwhile Ronald Darby, who is battling a groin injury is questionable after he was only able to practice on a limited basis Friday.

Player Pos Injury Game Status
LeSean McCoy RB Knee OUT
Nigel Bradham LB Ankle OUT
Charles Clay TE Back OUT
Ron Darby CB Groin QUESTIONABLE
Bacarri Rambo S Knee PROBABLE
Karlos Williams RB Shoulder PROBABLE
Eric Wood C Shoulder PROBABLE
John Miller G Ankle PROBABLE
Walter Powell WR Hip PROBABLE
Mario Williams DE Hand PROBABLE
Stefan Charles DT Shoulder PROBABLE
Boobie Dixon RB Knee PROBABLE
Ron Brooks CB Neck PROBABLE

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Darby doesn’t practice, Clay misses again

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2015 – 2:21 pm

Bills CB Ronald Darby was limited in practice on Wednesday, but didn’t practice at all on Thursday. Charles Clay didn’t practice for a second straight as head coach Rex Ryan indicated that the Bills tight end is not where they thought he would be at this point in the week.

“You know obviously I wish they were out there at practice,” said Ryan of Darby and Clay. “But you know we’ll see how it goes. We were hopeful that both those guys would be able to play, but not sure right now.

“With (Charles) Clay, I don’t know if it’s a setback but we thought that he’d be ready to roll. But sometimes those backs can be tricky. (Ronald) Darby, you know he never got out of anything and now today he couldn’t go. So hopefully he’ll be feeling better tomorrow.”

If Darby can’t go that would leave Buffalo with Leodis McKelvin and Mario Butler as the team’s starting cornerbacks against Dallas on Sunday.

 


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Good chance Sunday for Clay & Karlos

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2015 – 2:48 pm

Buffalo TE Charles Clay missed the first game this season with a back injury last Sunday, but team doctors are encouraged by his progress. Karlos Williams saw limited action Sunday in his return from a shoulder injury and apparently came out of the game no worse for the wear. So he should be available this week against Dallas, which is important knowing that LeSean McCoy’s status is very much up in the air with a knee injury.

“Karlos Williams is sore, but he finished (the game),” said Ryan. “That’s a good sign.”

Charles Clay meanwhile did not play Sunday and that puts him in a good position to be available Sunday against Dallas.

“The Docs are real encouraged by the way he looks,” said Ryan of Clay. “It looks good. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go this weekend.”

Clay sat out last Sunday with a back injury.

 


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Bradham, Brooks, Henderson out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2015 – 1:00 pm

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In addition to TE Charles Clay there are three other players, including two starters, who are out for Sunday’s game at Washington.

LB Nigel Bradham did not practice on Friday as his ankle just wasn’t responding well to activity. He practiced on a limited basis during the week and called himself 75-80 percent recovered. Manny Lawson is expected to fill in for Bradham in his role with other linebackers rotating in to take Lawson’s spot on the strong side for portions of the game.

RT Seantrel Henderson is out with his illness so Jordan Mills will make his third straight start Sunday. And special teams ace Ron Brooks is out due to a concussion suffered late in the Houston game two weeks ago.

OUT
Charles Clay – back
Nigel Bradham – ankle
Ron Brooks – concussion/neck
Seantrel Henderson – illness

QUESTIONABLE
RB Karlos Williams – shoulder
S Bacarri Rambo – knee
DE Mario Williams – illness

PROBABLE
FB Jerome Felton – back
G John Miller – ankle
WR Robert Woods – hip
LB Preston Brown – hamstring

 


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TE Clay to miss first game this season

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2015 – 12:53 pm

He’s the team’s leading receiver, but for the first time this season TE Charles Clay is going to miss a game. Clay was declared out for Sunday’s game following Friday’s practice. He was unable to practice all week due to a back injury suffered in the first half of the loss at Philadelphia last week. For offensive coordinator Greg Roman, not having Clay in the lineup will hurt.

“When you don’t have Charles Clay, certain adjustments have to be made,” said Roman. “This guy has been such a good player for us in all phases. Blocking, pass protection, helping out in protection, getting out on routes, misdirection, play action, etc. I don’t think you can downplay what he has done for us.

“He helps get the run game where it is. He’s a big part of that. A lot of people can’t run to the tight end side, they just can’t, because their tight ends can’t block.  We got one we’re fortunately, that can. Other things he can do, too. As we grow as an offense, I think his talent level or production will definitely show more statistically than it has.”

The only other tight end on the roster who was considered to be as versatile as Clay was Marqueis Gray, but he went on injured reserve in the first half of the season with an arm injury that required surgery.

Buffalo goes into Sunday’s game with just Chris Gragg and rookie Nick O’Leary right now on the roster. FB Jerome Felton, who is probable for Sunday, may fill certain mutliple tight end sets offensively on Sunday if the team doesn’t make a roster move prior to Saturday at 4 pm.

The Bills did add a pair of tight ends to the practice squad this week in Marcel Jensen and Blake Annen.


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Karlos, Bradham, Clay all very iffy for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2015 – 3:21 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay missed a second straight day of practice Thursday making his status pretty iffy for Sunday along with RB Karlos Williams and LB Nigel Bradham, who are trying to return after missing each of the last two games.

If Clay can’t play Sunday it would be the first game he misses in Bills uniform this season.

“I don’t want to eliminate him, but obviously missing another day of practice it doesn’t look great,” said head coach Rex Ryan of Clay.

As for Williams and Bradham, both were limited again on Thursday, and Ryan is not sure either will be ready for Sunday’s game in Washington.

“Nigel I don’t think… I was more confident earlier in the week than I am now,” Ryan said. “With Karlos it’s going to be one of those iffy things. He looks good. I think his legs are ready, but how he feels with that shoulder is the main issue. We’ll wait a couple of days before we make a determination.”


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Clay a no go, Karlos, Bradham limited

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2015 – 3:13 pm

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Buffalo’s injury list has some new additions this week, but a couple of players who missed the last couple of games are closer to returning.

TE Charles Clay was a no go in practice Wednesday after suffering a back injury last week. RB Karlos Williams and LB Nigel Bradham were both limited Wednesday. Williams admits his shoulder is still pretty tender. He also said it’s going to be difficult to determine how much punishment his recovering shoulder can take knowing there isn’t much contact in practice this time of year.

“You really don’t know. You don’t know,” he said. “If it happens it happens this Sunday. If not, you’ve got to wait another week and play the next opponent. It goes day by day.

“Today was a very good day for me. I felt really, really good, running and bumping it a couple of times. Working with Boobie on punt return and punt team you could feel the soreness in it and you know it’s real tender. But when the adrenaline is pumping and you want to go out there and perform at a high level. You’re going to get bumped and bruised and feel those pains. It’s a part of the game, but today it felt better, a lot better than it has been the past couple of weeks. We’re still trying to do a lot of treatment on it. We’ve still got a ways to go before I get back on the field. But hopefully it’s this week, if not this week the next.”

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Charles Clay TE Back DNP
Seantrel Henderson T Illness DNP
Mario Williams DE Illness DNP
Nigel Bradham LB Ankle LP
Karlos Williams RB Shoulder LP
Ron Brooks CB Concussion/Neck LP
John Miller G Ankle LP
Bacarri Rambo S Knee LP
Jerome Felton FB Back LP
Chris Gragg TE Back LP
Preston Brown LB Hamstring LP

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TE Clay being evaluated further

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2015 – 3:19 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay left Sunday’s game in the first quarter with a back injury and did not return. Head coach Rex Ryan tried to provide an update, but didn’t have much in the way of new information.

“As far as Charles Clay, they’re looking at him,” Ryan said. “As I always tell you, it’s never a good thing when you don’t finish a game. I don’t know if we’d had one game not finish a game and then play the next week. I’m not saying it can’t happen, sometimes that’s not a good sign.”

Clay is the team’s leading receiver with 51 catches on the year.


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Why EJ and the WR corps will be in sync

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2015 – 7:30 am

They’ve only had one start together this season, but EJ Manuel’s history with the healthy receivers on the roster goes deeper than that. So although Buffalo is shorthanded at the receiver position Manuel feels good about the on field chemistry with the receiving targets who will be suiting up Sunday.

“It helps a lot because our rapport off the field is so close so I can talk to him about anything,” said Manuel. “If it’s an adjustment that he saw during the game or that I saw on a certain route in practice we can talk about it and get it fixed.

“We still have some targets. Woods does a great job. Hogan does a great job. D-Mo (Denarius Moore) is going to do a great job for us at wide receiver as well. (Marcus) Easley. Then our tight ends, I think (Charles) Clay had something like nine catches last week. He’s a big target and I think he poses a matchup against any linebacker or safety.”


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Clay added to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2015 – 4:30 pm

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The Bills have more than their share of players on the injury report. On Thursday another starter on offense was added in TE Charles Clay.

Clay was added to the team’s injury report with a calf ailment, but head coach Rex Ryan dismissed it as insignificant.

“Yeah, it was just a little thing,” said Ryan. “We just put him as limited because I took him out. We had him out for a couple of plays. He’s fine.”

A host of other Bills starters were limited including LT Cordy Glenn, DT Kyle Williams, S Aaron Williams, S Corey Graham and G John Miller.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
MarQueis Gray TE Forearm DNP – I-R
LeSean McCoy RB Hamstring DNP
Sammy Watkins WR Calf DNP
Karlos Williams RB Concussion DNP
Bacarri Rambo S Quad DNP
Kyle Williams DT Calf LP
Cordy Glenn T Ankle LP
Marquise Goodwin WR Ribs LP
Aaron Williams S Neck LP
John Miller G Groin LP
Corey Graham S Shoulder LP
Chris Hogan WR Hamstring LP
Charles Clay TE Calf LP
Percy Harvin WR Hip FP

 

 


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Division game is what carries weight for Clay

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2015 – 1:05 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay will be facing his former Miami teammates for the first time this Sunday when Buffalo faces the Dolphins. For Clay however, the magnitude of Sunday’s game is rooted in the fact that it’s an AFC East opponent, not that he’ll be facing his former club.

“I’m not going to say it means extra,” said Clay. “I want to win this game just as bad as I want to win any other game. Granted, going back to where you played the last four years—I’m excited to get the chance to go back there and see some of my teammates. I made a lot of great friends there, and learned from a lot of great coaches. So it’s exciting to get a chance to go back there and see those places again. At the same time, I want to win this game just as bad as any other game.”

Clay said the bigger motivation is getting the team their first division win, especially after dropping a division game to New England last week.


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