State of the Buffalo Bills: Tight Ends

Charles Clay has lived up to his contract after the first seven weeks of the season.

The Bills have their bye week this week, so Buffalo Football Report will evaluate the Bills current roster after seven games. We will discuss each player at each position and provide you positives and negatives with their play through seven games this season.

Tight Ends: 

Charles Clay

Positives: Clay has been worth every penny of the five year, $38 million contract that he signed with the Bills in the offseason. The tight end leads all Bills in receptions (34) and yards (350). The tight end has caught 68 percent of his targets and he’s only dropped three passes to date. Among all tight ends, Clay is tied for fourth in receptions and fifth in yards. There have been many plays where Clay has found himself open but the ball has gone elsewhere. That said, he’s done a good job of stepping up with Buffalo dealing with so many injuries.

Negatives: There are long-term concerns about Clay’s knee. That said, he hasn’t missed any time yet this season.

Future: Clay is only 26 years old so as long as his knee holds up, he’ll continue to produce at a high level for Buffalo.

Chris Gragg

Positives:  Over the last two games, Gragg stepped up at tight end and recorded seven receptions for 89 yards. In addition to catching the ball, Gragg has done a terrific job as a run blocker. No tight end in the NFL has a higher run blocking grade over the last two weeks at Pro Football Focus (+3.0). His ability to block could cut into Matthew Mulligan’s playing time.

Negatives: Gragg has good straight-line speed but his route running leaves a lot to be desired.

Future: Short-term Gragg may have earned himself some extra playing time based upon his overall play in the last two weeks. He’s proven that he can block as well as Mulligan and he’s certainly a better option in terms of receiving.

Matthew Mulligan

Positives: Mulligan is a quality blocker.

Negatives: Besides blocking, Mulligan really doesn’t bring anything else to the table. Mulligan lacks the athleticism to do anything productive as a receiver.

Future: Mulligan could re-sign this offseason due to his relationship with Rex Ryan, but there’s no reason to bring the tight end back at this point.

MarQueis Gray

Positives: Gray won the second tight end job in training camp. It was clear that the coaching staff felt that Gray’s athleticism could have provided the Bills with another weapon offensively.

Negatives: Gray only recorded one reception this season before being placed on the injured reserve. In Gray’s defense, his snaps were limited (27).

Future: Gray will be a restricted free agent this offseason. He has a chance to come back in 2016 to win back his job as the team’s No. 2 tight end.



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