Kaelin Clay is happy that the Bills wanted him back

June 13, 2018

Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - Kaelin Clay has already played for three different NFL teams. Last season, he started in Carolina, was traded to Buffalo, was waived by the Bills and claimed by the Panthers and now has re-signed with the Bills.

Clay has played nine games with Carolina, seven games for Baltimore and four more for Buffalo.

In those 20 games, he has six receptions for 85 yards and three carries for 27 yards. For the Bills, Clay had one catch for 28 yards in a win over Denver.

As far as the jumping around he did last season, Clay felt like its just part of the business and has no hard feeling towards either organization, “I’m privileged to have a job and to do what I’m able to do.”

Clay knew Sean McDermott from their days in Carolina, so he knew what to expect from him, but that doesn’t make moving around any easier, “It was difficult,” Clay said. “But its part of the business, you can never get comfortable and you just have to take advantage of the opportunities that you do have, so I was grateful enough to be here and now I’m grateful to be here again and have a full off-season to learn the playbook.”

Clay wasn’t here by the time the Bills made the playoffs for the first time in 17 years, but he wasn’t surprised that McDermott could accomplish that in his first season in Buffalo, “No not at all. Our locker-room respects Sean so much and they believed everything that he and his coaching staff had said and they put it to the test.”

Jobs are not won or lost in the spring because the players are just learning the schemes and are not in pads. Clay knows what the spring was for him, “It was just getting to know the offense, nobody is really fighting for a spot right now, everybody is just trying to get to know the offense, get to know the players, get to know the quarterbacks and for me, it’s just going out there and improving every day and showing the coaches I know what I’m doing when my number is called.”

Every day Clay will have passes thrown to him from all three quarterbacks. He said it really isn’t hard to learn what they like to do and boils it down simply to, “It’s my job to catch the ball.”

Clay said rookie Josh Allen is doing very well and really doesn’t need much help from him or the players. Clay said, “He’s a smart quarterback, he has a live arm and the guys in the huddle respect him.”

If Clay makes any football team, it’s because of his work on special teams. He only had two returns for the Bills, but he’s scored two touchdowns on 40 punt returns with the Ravens and Panthers.

He didn’t score on his 14 kickoff returns for Baltimore, but average 24.5 yards per return. Clay has a passion for special teams, “That’s where I find my niche is on special teams, so I’m going to continue that role until they tell me otherwise.”

It’s not only that he has to play well on special teams, it’s that he loves doing it, “Oh yes, I do. There’s just something about it, I don’t know it’s just you can change the field, you can change the game because it’s a field position game.”

A good punt returner has to rely on his instincts because there’s no time to think. Clay said, “It is, you’ve got to make the first person miss. If you do that, you have a pretty good chance of gaining those yards.

“Great punt returners, they average about 10 to 11 yards per return, so if you’re in that vicinity or anything better than that, then you’re pretty good.”

Clay and his teammates have one more practice on Tursday and then they're off until July 26 when training camp starts.