Written by Steven Wilson | Twitter: @stevenjwilson11
One year removed from a 69-catch and 7-touchdown season, Charles Clay recently admitted his season hasn’t gone as he had planned. Yet, No. 42 has reiterated his unwavering confidence in the Dolphins offense this year.
“It’s just the minor details,” Clay stated. “You watch film and you see so many plays where we are so close. It might be [that] somebody is a little off on their route depth – it’s all little things, but it’s all correctable.”
The fourth-year pro, who nursed a re-occurring knee injury throughout much of training camp and through the first five weeks of the season, has managed just 14 catches for 111 yards and no touchdowns this year – a severe dip from his breakout numbers in 2013. Meanwhile, Miami’s offense sits in the middle of the pack offensively posting 24 points (14th) and 354 yards per game (15th), but 20th in 3rd-down efficiency (38%) and 26th in yards per play (5.1).
“I feel like having this bye week came at a perfect time because it gave us time to correct those things,” Clay continued. “Like I said, it’s not only giving me a chance to re-charge my batteries, but it’s everybody. Guys are just ready to go now.”
The offense will be counted on this Sunday as they host the Green Bay Packers and their explosive offense. If you ask Clay, he thinks the Dolphins will be able to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers and Co. if the game turns into a shootout.
“I was telling somebody, there’s never a time as an offense we don’t step on the field and expect to score,” he admitted. “Everybody on this offense knows we are capable of doing tremendous things. Like I said, we just have (had) little things that have kept us from it. It’s just a matter of going out there and executing.”
While Clay has received greater defensive attention this season, his team will need a solid outing from the 6-foot-3 tight end this weekend in order to keep Green Bay’s offense off the field and put points on the scoreboard.
“We know they are a great football team offensively [and] defensively,” concluded Clay. “It’s just a matter of going out there and executing.”