The 2015 Buffalo Bills season may have not had the end result that many fans had hoped for after an exciting offseason, but there were still some memorable moments to look back on. At Building The Herd we asked you to tell us your favorite plays from the season, so that we could go back and break down the X’s and O’s that made them work. Today we’ll look at Charles Clay and his impressive 25-yard score in his first meeting against his former team, the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.
Charles Clay Weaves His Way To TD vs Former Team
The Buffalo Bills traveled to Miami to take on the Dolphins in Week 3. The game had personal meaning for both tight end Charles Clay and left guard Richie Incognito, who each had previously played for the Dolphins. In the first drive of the game, the Bills set the tone for what was to come for the rest of the afternoon and it began with Charles Clay getting Buffalo on the scoreboard first.
Here’s how offensive coordinator Greg Roman creatively got Clay in position to score.
The Bills’ offense comes out in “12” personnel—with one running back, two tight ends and two receivers. Tight ends Charles Clay and Matthew Mulligan are in three-point stances to the right of the offensive formation while wide receiver Sammy Watkins is split out wide to the left and Percy Harvin is in the slot.
Percy Harvin motions into the backfield and LeSean McCoy moves to a fullback position. This causes the Dolphins’ free safety that was over Harvin to move to the deep middle while the strong safety rotates down to the box. With two play-makers in the backfield and both tight ends to the right of the offensive formation, the Miami defenders assume a run is coming.
At the snap, Tyrod Taylor fakes the hand off to Harvin, while McCoy gets out in front to act as a lead blocker. Miami’s linebackers all bite on the play action and look to scrape over to the rushing lane created by right guard John Miller’s down block and Seantrel Henderson’s block on the edge defender.
Tyrod rolls out to the left as Sammy Watkins runs a go route and Charles Clay runs a short underneath crossing route.
By the time Miami’s linebackers realize that it isn’t a run, Charles Clay is already running across the field and the Dolphins’ weakside linebacker is in a trail position behind him.
Sammy Watkins draws the attention of the deep free safety, so his role as a decoy is a success. Taylor has a clean pocket and a wide open target with nothing but green grass ahead of him.
It’s an easy two-yard throw and catch and Charles Clay picks up 23 yards after the catch, making three defenders miss with some nifty juke moves en route to the endzone, giving the Bills a 7-0 lead just three minutes into the game.