Monday, September 16, 2013

Philbin: Clay 'more comfortable in his role'


Charles Clay was immediately the Miami Dolphins' primary pass-catching tight end when Dustin Keller went down to injury in the preseason.

The third-year H-back is settling into that role nicely early in the season and coming off a 109-yard receiving day, which was good enough for the second-most yards by a tight end in Dolphins history.

“His play speed his better, I just think he’s more comfortable in his role,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said Monday, via the Palm Beach Post. “He’s gotten more repetitions so you hope that the practice reps transfer to the game field and that’s certainly been the case.”

Clay hauled in five receptions in each of the first two games this season. His longest was a 67-yarder last week, and he scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown Sunday on his first-ever carry to help the Dolphins improve to 2-0.

"It was exciting to get my first carry in the NFL and my first carry in awhile," Clay said after the game, via The Miami Herald. "They did a great job of blocking up front and it opened up.”

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