Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin has stated his desire to move players around the field beyond where they may traditionally line up, all in an effort to isolate, and in the process, manipulate favorable matchups.
This was welcome news for Clay, a player who spent his entire rookie season shifting around all types of offensive formations.
In fact, it’s pretty difficult to pigeonhole Clay at one position or another, because he rarely lined up in the same place two plays in a row.
While some may scoff at the notion of playing multiple positions, it gives Clay more opportunities to positively affect the game, and that’s the way he prefers it.
“I want to be known as that complete player and not a one-dimensional (one) just known as a pass-catching tight end, just being able to do multiple things,” Clay said. “So I’m just coming out working on my craft every day.”
The Dolphins’ tight ends, with the addition of rookie
“We’ve got a whole group of tight ends who can play multiple positions, so it’s based on being able to do a lot of different things,” Clay said.
Tight ends are hybrids, splitting their playing time between blocking and pass catching. One would figure that blocking may give a much-needed respite, but Clay said there’s no escaping the speed of the Philbin and Sherman’s West Coast offense.
“It’s being able to do whatever they ask me to do, whether it’s run blocking down on the goal line, whether it’s pass block,” Clay said. “Whatever they ask me to do, I’m trying to be polished and be able to do it.”