DAVIE - One of the bright spots of the 2013 Dolphins season has been the emergence of Charles Clay, a three-year veteran who was once perceived as one of Miami's most inconsistent players.
Clay, who started 18 games and scored five touchdowns as an H-back in his first two seasons, had always flashed his talent from time to time. But the former Tulsa standout struggled to develop as a blocker, and had too many highs and lows since being selected in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.
However, it appears those issues are in his past because this season Clay's emergence has him on the verge of setting a franchise record for receptions and passing yards produced by a tight end.
Clay, who has caught 60 passes for 678 yards and scored a team-leading seven touchdowns this season, needs to catch 14 passes for at least 113 yards to become the most productive tight end in Dolphins history. And he's got three games to do it.
Clay has become one of Ryan Tannehill's favorite weapons, and as a result he's been targeted 83 times this season, which has him tied for the fifth most passes thrown to a tight end after 13 games.
The only tight ends who have been targeted more than Clay this season are New Orlean's Jimmy Wilson (111 passes), San Diego's Antonio Gates (98 passes), Cleveland's Jordan Cameron (96), and Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez (93). Clay is presently tied with Dallas' Jason Witten.
Interestingly, Clay is ranked third in yards after catch this season, producing 331 yards after juking a defender, or catching a pass in open space. Only Graham and Gates have produced more this season.
Here is a look at the franchise's best tight end seasons.
TOP FIVE DOLPHINS TIGHT ENDS, RECEPTIONS
YEAR PLAYER REC
2004 Randy McMichael 73
2006 Randy McMichael 62
2013 Charles Clay 60
2005 Randy McMichael 60
1994 Keith Jackson 59
TOP FIVE DOLPHINS TIGHT ENDS, SINGLE SEASON RECEIVING YARDS
YEAR PLAYER YARDS
2004 Randy McMichael 791
2013 Charles Clay 678
1994 Keith Jackson 673
2006 Randy McMichael 640
1994 Keith Jackson 613
2003 Randy McMichael 598
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