Clay, a sixth-round pick out of the University of Tulsa in 2011, enjoyed a breakout season in 2013 after he moved into the starting lineup following the season-ending knee injury sustained by veteran free agent acquisition Dustin Keller in the preseason.
After catching 34 passes in his first two seasons combined, Clay finished the 2013 campaign with 69 receptions for 759 yards and six touchdowns. The 69 receptions ranked third among AFC tight ends behind Jordan Cameron’s 80 and Antonio Gates’ 77 and also represented the second-highest total in franchise history at the position behind the 73 catches of Randy McMichael in 2004.
Clay also had the second-highest receiving yardage total ever for a Dolphins tight end behind McMichael’s 791 in that 2004 season, and the touchdown total was one off the team record for a tight end, a mark accomplished by Anthony Fasano in 2008 and Keith Jackson in 1994.
Proving his versatility, Clay also rushed for a touchdown, scoring on a 1-yard run in the 24-20 victory at Indianapolis in Week 2.
Ironically, the number 89 spot on the 2013 Top 100 list also belonged to a Dolphins player, in that instance