Charles Clay had his best game as a pro against the Falcons yesterday, a dazzling five-catch, 112-yard performance that also featured a strong day as a run-blocker.
Grade-wise, Pro Football Focus gave him at +2.9 as a pass-catcher – the highest among tight end ends who've played in Week Four prior to Monday Night Football – and a run-blocking grade of +0.4.
The Bills tight end had gone over 100 yards in a game three times in his NFL career before. The first came in Week Two of 2013 as a member of the Dolphins, but his overall grade was just +1.0 (+0.7 pass-catching, +0.3) run-blocking). He had six grabs for 114 yards in Week Sixteen the following season. However, that game yielded a PFF overall grade of +2.2. Before Sunday, the last 100-plus yard effort from Clay came as a member of the Bills against the Giants in Week Four of 2015. While he had a +1.9 pass-catching grade in that one, his run-blocking score was -2.0.
So, by the grades, the Bills tight end's finest game as a professional really did come against the Falcons on Sunday.
Jerry Hughes had another monstrous outing for Buffalo, as he recorded an overall grade of +2.8 which was the sixth-highest among 60 4-3 defensive ends who've played before MNF in Week Four. His pass-rushing grade of +2.1 was also sixth-best at his position.
Hughes' pass-rushing grade against Atlanta was his highest in that area since Week Two of last season.
Another Bills standout in the win over the Falcons was safety Micah Hyde, who scored a +2.8 overall grade and a +2.1 pass-coverage grade.
His overall grade is currently fifth-highest among 70 safeties who've played thus far in Week Four. Hyde's overall grade of +2.8 was the second-highest single-game mark PFF has ever given him. In his rookie season of 2013, he received a +3.7 in Week Sixteen against the Steelers. He'd only eclipsed a +2.1 pass-coverage grade in three other contests in his NFL career.
(Grades courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)