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Answering the bell every day at practice, Browns TE Jordan Cameron braces for a breakout year
Aug 13, 2013 -- 6:00am
By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
Photo/AP
The Morning Kickoff …
Availability is good: Any given player injury is news during an otherwise uneventful training camp practice. Because of that, we in the media sometimes devote more attention to the guys not practicing than the ones who are.
Perhaps that’s why tight end Jordan Cameron has flown under radar at this Browns training camp. He has not missed a day at practice the whole camp. That is a welcome change for him in his third season and can’t be overstated.
It is welcome to the coaches, too, who envision a large role for Cameron in the offense. Still a developing player, it is imperative for Cameron to stay on the field and stay off the stationary bikes reserved for the mending. So far, Cameron is answering the bell.
“He has,” said offensive coordinator Norv Turner. “And he’s played more physically, and he’s worked hard. It’s an interesting position because it’s a very physical position. You get the ball in traffic a lot. I’m hoping he can become a guy that gives us the consistency we’re looking for on third down plays.”
In June, the Browns’ minicamp ended with Cameron sidelined with a pulled hamstring. As players retreated to their summer vacation, coach Rob Chudzinski put the marvelously athletic Cameron on notice with the biting words, “The best ability is availability.”
Tight ends coach Jon Embree slipped Cameron a phone number and told him to call Tony Gonzalez.
How to be a pro: After yet another bothersome injury in minicamp, Cameron returned to southern California and looked up a hip specialist whom he first met while playing receiver for the Trojans of USC. He worked on training methods to prevent future injuries.
He also followed Embree’s instructions to reach out to Gonzalez.
Gonzalez has obliterated every individual record for an NFL tight end. Last year, at the age of 36, Gonzalez had 93 receptions and caught eight touchdowns for the Atlanta Falcons. He has missed one game in 16 NFL seasons. Embree coached Gonzalez for three seasons in Kansas City, during which Gonzalez averaged 89 catches and seven touchdowns.
“He talked about getting a routine and even though you’re hurt or tired, the mundane things (of practice), you have to just grind through it,” Cameron said. “That’s what the great players do. They have something they do every single day and they focus on that. In the middle of the season, you don’t want to do the (resistance stretch) band work but you have to just stick to it, eat right and focus on the details every day.
“He said he’s never in the locker room just hanging out. He’s always doing something to get better at football. If he’s at work, he’s at work.”
On Monday, after a particularly up-tempo practice, Cameron spent about 20 minutes working with quarterback Brandon Weeden on red zone pass patterns, refining the precise timing essential in the congested confines of the end zone. And then he spent another five minutes catching balls from the JUGS machine.
Simply being able to put in extra work is a joy to a player whose development from basketball beginnings has been interrupted by muscle pull after muscle pull.
“It wasn’t anything major,” Cameron said of assorted injuries in his first two seasons. “Just so annoying to have little tweaks or strains here and there. During this time in my career, I need to have all the time I can on the field getting the reps. The more you can get out here having actual experience against the defense, that’s how you learn the offense.”
Bracing for a breakout: In two years at USC after transferring from Brigham Young University, Cameron had 16 catches. In two years in the NFL, buried behind veterans Ben Watson and Alex Smith, he has 26 receptions. Those numbers are a far cry from the production expected of a tight end in Turner’s offense.
But at 6-5 and 245 pounds, his 4.59 speed tantalizes Turner and Rob Chudzinski and Weeden. In the first preseason game, Cameron had a short Weeden fastball bang off his face mask when he took his eye off the ball. But later he turned a five-yard crossing route into a 30-yard gain.
Cameron knows the coaches are counting on him to complete their offense.
“Yeah, I think so,” he said. “They use the tight ends a lot. You’re going to get looks and opportunities to get mismatches out there. If you’re a tight end, there’s not another offense you’d rather be in.”
Which is why among the millions of fantasy football players, Cameron is not really a player under radar. Everyone’s looking for that late-round gem as fantasy drafts draw closer.
“I hear all that stuff,” Cameron said. “I don’t really get into that fantasy stuff. That’s a whole different world. It’s serious, though. I try not to pay attention to it. I’ll just focus on my job and hopefully whoever drafts me will get some points out of it.”

 

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He has receiver potential, but...

  • Not a blocker...
  • Not sure about the utility of a "3rd down TE" vs a 4 WR set.

I still say the pass that clanked off of his facemask against the Rams was not intended for him.

 

“The best ability is availability.”

 

Do we have our first Chud-ism???

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He has receiver potential, but...

  • Not a blocker...
  • Not sure about the utility of a "3rd down TE" vs a 4 WR set.

I still say the pass that clanked off of his facemask against the Rams was not intended for him.

 

 

Run blocking isn't really expected out of today's tight ends as much as it used to be; they're receivers first. I think he might be quick enough to create mismatches on 2nd and short passing situations. But I think I agree with you on the 4 WR set for third down, I'd rather have Norwood or Benjamin out there.

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I can see Cameron having a very solid year. If he's healthy he'll see plenty of targets in Norv's offense. Something like 50+ catches, 700+ yds, 3+ TDs sounds about right...

 

I also see the other TEs getting involved, which could lower Cameron's stats, but I think he is poised for a good year. If he can be on the field in rushing situations, it will dramatically improve his production. So far, he looks pretty good other than the "doink" off his face mask. I think Weeden put a little extra on that pass and Cameron wasn't ready for it...

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Run blocking isn't really expected out of today's tight ends as much as it used to be; they're receivers first.

 

Agree... unless you draft a RB very high... then you should have TE's that can block.

 

Ditto, if your offense includes a healthy dose of 2 TE sets.

 

Against the Rams, Long blew thru Cam's attempts to seal him from pursuing weakside runs like Cam was not there. Asking any TE to handle Long 1-on-1 would be ridiculous, but the TE has to be able to impede any DE's pursuit on plays away... chip to help the RT, etc.

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He has receiver potential, but...

  • Not a blocker...
  • Not sure about the utility of a "3rd down TE" vs a 4 WR set.

I still say the pass that clanked off of his facemask against the Rams was not intended for him.

 

 

Do we have our first Chud-ism???

Is that a Chud original? If so, it is a hell of a quote. Even if he didn't originate it, it is a hell of a quote.

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I sure would have a bit less concern if Cameron managed to catch that pass.

 

Will put up big numbers this year for sure regardless

Agree, I've gone from expecting a breakout season to thinking maybe he's not going to cut it for us and Barnidge is going to see a lot more reps.

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his blocking techniques should improve if he gets his reps

 

glad to see chud go back to him after the dropped? pass attempt

 

I thought he showed an excellent burst of speed down the sidelines on his 30 yard gainer in the first quarter vs STL

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his blocking techniques should improve if he gets his reps

 

glad to see chud go back to him after the dropped? pass attempt

 

I thought he showed an excellent burst of speed down the sidelines on his 30 yard gainer in the first quarter vs STL

It wasn't an easy catch, it did have a lot of mustard on it but that's Weeden, that's how he throws - is he supposed to ease of for certain receivers, because he has less faith in those receivers? No, throw it full whack and get guys who can catch it :D

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The best ability is availability. That saying has been around for many years. Chud didn't come up with it on his own

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It wasn't an easy catch, it did have a lot of mustard on it but that's Weeden, that's how he throws - is he supposed to ease of for certain receivers, because he has less faith in those receivers? No, throw it full whack and get guys who can catch it :D

I agree, it was not an easy catch and (as Tour has been touting) it is impossible for me to tell if the pass was to Little in the first place. I haven't

 

seen enough footage to make an informed decision.

 

Would have been a good post game interview question for weeds if it wasn't asked.

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cameron will be our surprise player of the year and turn out to be one of weeden's favorite targets per turner.


I totally agree with this.

What's the knock again ... Too athletic, not a blocker?

Ozzie Newsome is in the pro football Hall of Fame.

Zombo
--this kid is going to light it up.
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I'll take another look on the gamepass, but I think it was intended for cameron.

 

As did I until I saw the ground level replay which clearly shows Wheezy, Cam and Little in a straight line.

 

IF it was intended for Cam, then it was a terrible pass... way too high and way too hard.

 

 

cameron will be our surprise player of the year and turn out to be one of weeden's favorite targets per turner.

 

I totally agree with this.

 

What's the knock again ... Too athletic, not a blocker?

 

Ozzie Newsome is in the pro football Hall of Fame.

 

So now Cam is Ozzie???

Ozzie could and did block... not a road grader by any stretch, but was capable of sealing off a backside DE and engaging most LB's. Skills not yet in evidence for Cam.

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As did I until I saw the ground level replay which clearly shows Wheezy, Cam and Little in a straight line.

 

IF it was intended for Cam, then it was a terrible pass... way too high and way too hard.

 

 

 

 

So now Cam is Ozzie???

Ozzie could and did block... not a road grader by any stretch, but was capable of sealing off a backside DE and engaging most LB's. Skills not yet in evidence for Cam.

Ozzie blocked like my mom. Best receiving tight end ever.

 

Zombo

--- yes we have Emmitt Smith at RB and Ozzie New some at TE ... Just wait until you hear who we have at QB.

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Ozzie blocked like my mom. Beat receiving tight end ever.

Zombo

--- yes we have Emmitt Smith at RB and Ozzie New some at TE ... Just wait until you hear who we have at QB.

 

LOL... Then "Dad" must have been one helluva "rusher"...

 

I guess the BrownsHOF page was just being kind.

"Not only was Newsome big enough to block, but he was also athletic enough to run downfield and catch passes."

http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/team/history/hall-of-fame/ozzie-newsome.html

 

And at Bama, "Bryant called him, 'the greatest end in Alabama history and that includes Don Hutson. A total team player, fine blocker, outstanding leader, great receiver with concentration, speed, hands." Of course at Bama he was a wide out.

 

We can agree he was a great receiving TE. I'm afraid to ask about the QB (please don't say Phipps... please don't say Phipps).

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LOL... Then "Dad" must have been one helluva "rusher"...

 

I guess the BrownsHOF page was just being kind.

"Not only was Newsome big enough to block, but he was also athletic enough to run downfield and catch passes."

http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/team/history/hall-of-fame/ozzie-newsome.html

 

And at Bama, "Bryant called him, 'the greatest end in Alabama history and that includes Don Hutson. A total team player, fine blocker, outstanding leader, great receiver with concentration, speed, hands." Of course at Bama he was a wide out.

 

We can agree he was a great receiving TE. I'm afraid to ask about the QB (please don't say Phipps... please don't say Phipps).

 

Yes, he was "big enough" to block.

 

Yes, he was a WR at Bama.

 

Thanks for those softballs.

 

As for Weeden ... Broad body, big arm, natural passer, comfortable in the shotgun ...

 

Jim Kelly.

 

While we are at it ... Let's call Greg Little "Michael irvin" and Josh Gordon "Randy Moss" and just start collecting the Lombardi hardware.

 

Zombo

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I too after watching the game twice tend to believe that the pass was intended for Little. But I will also say that him not seeing Cameron in the way if that's the case isn't a great thought either. Not to mention, I thought Weeden was working on NOT patting the ball on EVERY single pass play like he did (and Hoyer DOUBLE pats)...

 

All in all I watched what looked like a better overall TEAM effort from top to bottom. Fingers crossed as it is tempered by the fact of it being preseason.

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You're welcome, Z, but let's leave my balls out of this.

 

Not seeing Wheezy = Kelly... but hope you're right...I doubt it, but I hope it.

 

I'll buy Little as Irvin, but Gordon's too beefy to pass for Moss...

More TO-ish...

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Cams didn't start playing TE until his senior season at USC so he is still a work in progress.

 

Coaches must see a lot of potential. No telling how good (or bad) he can be.

 

He has all the attributes needed to be successful; speed (4.6); big beefy hands and size 6'5", 250 lbs

 

To repeat, I was pumped after his 30 yard, down the sideline run in the first quarter against STL. He was running like a scalded dog.

 

I pity any would be tacklers going head to head with this dude at flank speed.

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Cams didn't start playing TE until his senior season at USC so he is still a work in progress.

 

Coaches must see a lot of potential. No telling how good (or bad) he can be.

 

He has all the attributes needed to be successful; speed (4.6); big beefy hands and size 6'5", 250 lbs

 

To repeat, I was pumped after his 30 yard, down the sideline run in the first quarter against STL. He was running like a scalded dog.

 

I pity any would be tacklers going head to head with this dude at flank speed.

 

i'm hoping he can give turner his new TE star.

 

he's had one everywhere he's been.

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Ozzie blocked like my mom. Best receiving tight end ever.

 

Zombo

--- yes we have Emmitt Smith at RB and Ozzie New some at TE ...

Jerry Rice at WR?

 

 

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He still suck after tonight nickers?

 

 

Im gladly eating My words after tonight's game and have no problem doing so...He done real good...I hope it continues...

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I just wanted to say that I've been waiting a long time for Cameron to get his shot. He lit it up tonight Hell yeah my man! Congrats Cameron, 2 TD's in two quarters.... Expect like 20 TDs from JC this year!

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