Yoga and Boxing could be key to Charles Clay’s success with the Buffalo Bills

Starting a crossfit regime of yoga and boxing, Charles Clay is looking for a way to reinvigorate his career with the Buffalo Bills.

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Dec 6, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay (85) jumps over Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (24) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Texans 30-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The lead tight end for the Buffalo Bills since his arrival with the team, Charles Clay has underperformed at almost every stage of his tenure in Buffalo. Signed to a five-year, $38 million contract back in 2015, Clay is now entering his third year with the team. Part of the reason for Clay’s constant underperformance could be traced back to a history of knee problems that he has dealt with.

While these knee issues are likely to limit his time on the field over the course of his career, Clay is attempting to find ways to help limit the problems that his knees have caused. With head coach Sean McDermott looking to limit his reps during practice, Clay is looking towards two new sources of potential therapy to help him with his knee.


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Joining a “Hot Yoga” class on the recommendation of both his brother and quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Clay says the activity has definitely helped him feel better despite how horrid the classes are.

“The hot yoga was definitely something different. It’s something if you haven’t tried it, I suggest you try. It’s torture when you’re doing it, but you feel tremendous when you’re walking out. It’s definitely something I’ll continue to do to keep my muscles flexible and keep me strong without the wear and tear on your joints that we get all the time. It’s definitely something I’ll continue to do.”

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Using this “Hot Yoga” as part of a cross training regime, Clay is also participating in boxing and pilates to help round out his off the field regime. According to Clay, the boxing definitely helps his on field performance in terms of his hands, blocking, footwork and core strength.

With Clay entering his third season in Buffalo, his days look to be numbered due to these constant knee problems and poor performances over the course of his first two seasons. However, if the new training regime begins to payoff, Clay may yet find a way to reinvigorate his career as a member of the Buffalo Bills.

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