Charles Clay waited until his third NFL season to take a handoff for the Miami Dolphins, and when the play was called, he knew exactly what to do.
''Just hold onto the ball,'' Clay thought to himself.
Which he did, scoring a touchdown. But the Dolphins' offense hasn't always been that simple for the versatile Clay, who needed a couple of seasons to get comfortable playing multiple positions.
Now he's a starter at tight end, an H-back at times and an occasional fullback. He's also a big reason Miami is off to a 2-0 start for only the second time since 2002.
''He's definitely playing with a lot of confidence right now and has come into his own, doing things without any hesitation,'' offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said. ''In the past maybe he wasn't 100 percent sure what he was doing.''
That's understandable, because there was a lot to learn. Now Clay's busier than ever filling the role that had been planned for tight end Dustin Keller, who suffered a season-ending knee injury...