Monday, December 9, 2013

Clay doing all the big and little things for Dolphins


When Charles Clay is on the field, good things happen.

The Miami Dolphins tight end extended his breakout season in his team's thrilling win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, hauling in team-highs of seven receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Clay has averaged 73.5 receiving yards in each of the past four games, amassing 24 receptions and three scores in that span.

Second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill is certainly glad to have Clay at his disposal, both on the field and off.

"He’s always a great player. He’s fun to be around," Tannehill said Sunday, via "A guy who wants to be good. He wants to do all the little things right. He listens. I talked through a few adjustments with him. He’s right there listening and he executes it well."

Clay, who entered the year in an H-back role but took the reigns at tight end after Dustin Keller's preseason injury, has emerged as a go-to target for Tannehill. But as importantly, he's starting to develop some run-blocking acumen, which will serve him well moving forward in being a complete end.

"He’s a heck of an athlete that makes small plays and big plays," Tannehill said.

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