As announced by the Buffalo Bills, the team has placed starting tight end Charles Clay on Injured Reserve, ending his season. At 7-8, the Bills are officially eliminated from the playoffs, meaning that their Week 17 matchup hosting the New York Jets will mostly be for pride (and there will presumably be a lot of it on the line, given the Rex Ryan connection) and fantasy football purposes.
Still, there appears to be a lot that the team can build on thanks to the new connection between Clay and his new starting quarterback, Tyrod Taylor. In his first season as a starter, Taylor is currently tied with the New Orleans’ Saints Drew Brees for the fifth-best passer rating in the league among starters, trailing only Tom Brady, Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer, and the current leader Russell Wilson. Clay currently has the third-most receiving yards on the Bills, with 528, behind young wideouts Robert Woods (552 yards) and Sammy Watkins (911 yards).
Clay joined the Bills as a free agent this offseason after spending his first four years with the Miami Dolphins. Since the 2013 season, when Clay became a regular starter, he is ninth among all tight ends in receiving yards. He is currently slated to be the third-highest-paid member of the Bills in 2016, trailing only star defensive linemen Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus.