The offseason has gone well and we have signed numerous free agents. We have upgraded the offense with guys like Keller and Gibson and got younger and faster on defense. But what player is going to surprise us this year? Im expecting wallace to have atleast his avg 8 touchdowns so no surprise. I expect Dion Jordan to wreck havoc. The player That I think is going to have a break out year is....... Charles Clay.
Charles Clay was drafted in the 6th round ( 174th overall) in 2011. When he played for Tulsa they used him in many different spots including RB and recieving. The biggest knock on him is his blocking and his best asset? versatility. This guy can line up all over the field. he is 6'3 and 250 lbs, and he runs a 4.6 40. Remind you of anyone? Antonio Gates is 6'4 (or 5) and 252, and ran a 4.5.
Clay had a decent rookie season with 16 receptions for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns. he averaged over 14 yards a catch. last year he seemed to fall into that sophomore slump as he adjusted to the new offense. he didn't get on the field a lot, and when he did, he didn't do much. Mr Clay finished the year with stats similar to his rookie year. 18 receptions 212 yards and 2 touchdowns. he averaged 11.8 yards per catch. Now none of these stats really jump out at you, but remember last year was only his second in the league and he is still learning to be a tight end. He has made a few good/great catches since hes been here and I expect him to build on that and improve this year.
I think that Clay is possibly our most underratted player on offense who can possibly be a really solid #2 tight end or maybe even a #1. with another year under his belt and defenses trying to figure out how to catch Mike Wallace, stop Hartline underneath,and stop Lamar Miller from taking it to the house, Charles Clay could sneak in and have a nice season. say 400-600 yards with 4-5 touchdowns. I don't think that is out of reach. I think this guy can be great and we can get good production out of him.
hope you enjoyed my write up during the super slow football times we are in right now. I don't post or comment very much but I love this site and come here daily. Comment on what you think of Charles Clay and whether he will have a breakout season, or be one of the latest cuts of the last regime.
last but not least I leave you with one more highlight.