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TE Jordan Cameron - Miami Dolphins

6-5, 254Born: 8-7-1988College: USCDrafted: Round 4

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Week 12: at New York Jets

All TE vs NYJ

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Back in Week Four Miami was still in the grips of the Joe Philbin coaching regime, and they lost 14-27 to New York. Since then Ryan Tannehill has been up-and-down as a passer, currently ranking 15th in the NFL among fantasy quarterbacks after 10 games (226/359 for 2,642 yards, 17 TDs and 10 interceptions thrown). Last week vs. Dallas, Tannehill threw two TDs, but was limited to 13/24 for 188 yards passing, with an interception also to his detriment. He hit Jordan Cameron for a rare TD (five targets for 2/21/1 receiving), while Kenny Stills (two for 2/52/1) also snagged a TD. Jarvis Landry (seven for 4/66/0) was the other player who had over 25 yards receiving on the day. Not a lot to see here last week, folks. The Jets' pass D is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 231.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 18 passing scores handed out vs. 10 interceptions (tied for 11th in the NFL) with 22 sacks (tied for 19th) generated. This team is ranked ninth-most in the NFL over the past four weeks (four games) in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (23.2 per game), but is 30th in fantasy points given up to opposing tight ends (only 3.1 per contest), vs. sixth-most in fantasy points given up to opposing wide receivers (30.8 on average during that time span). T.J. Yates and Cecil Shorts combined for 17/35 yielding 241 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown last week (one sack taken for -9 yards); while two games ago the Jets' pass D limited Tyrod Taylor to 17/27 for 132 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown while generating four sacks for -26 yards. They've been up and down in this phase of the game of late. This is a neutral matchup for the visiting Dolphins.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at NE 50 2 34 0 0 3.4
9 at BUF 36 1 6 0 0 0.6
10 at PHI 52 1 5 0 0 0.5
11 vs DAL 36 2 21 1 0 8.1
12 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
12 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
12 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs DAL (5 / 2 / 21 / 1 rec)

Jordan Cameron saw more than 3 targets and recorded more than 10 receiving yards for the first time since Week 8 against New England. He also caught his first TD since Week 6 against the Cowboys on Sunday. That's just the type of season it's been for Cameron in 2015. The touchdown did come on a broken play, as Tannehill was flushed right and was able to find Cameron coolly as he sat down in the back of the end zone. Ideally, finding Cameron in the red zone, especially when flushed from the pocket, should have been a Day 1 of training camp practice, but it hasn't worked out that way for the Dolphins this season. He's nothing more than a TD-dependent tight end going forward. Ideally, Miami brings in a coach (Sean Payton?) that is capable of using Cameron's physical gifts to an advantage.

2015 Week 10 vs PHI (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

It was another lean week for highly touted free agent pickup, Jordan Cameron on Sunday against the Eagles. After passing the 50-yard mark in each of his first two games as a Dolphin, Cameron's relationship with Ryan Tannehill has dropped off a cliff. He hasn't posted 50+ yards in the seven games since Week 2, and has just one touchdown in that time. It's not even a case of being inefficient with targets anymore; Cameron has seen just 11 total targets in his last 4 games and is blocking a whole lot more with the Dolphins decidedly looking to the running game. With Landry, Matthews and Miller gobbling up the majority of targets, Cameron is not even a viable TE streamer anymore.

2015 Week 9 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Jordan Cameron once again was held in check on Sunday as his disappointing first season in Miami continues. It wasn't a case of inefficient play, as it's been in the past weeks; Cameron saw just the one target from Ryan Tannehill. It was an important 3rd down catch in the first half, which moved the chains, helping to set up a 1-yard Lamar Miller touchdown two plays later. However, it was his only target of the game, and a possible sign that Cameron is no longer trusted by Tannehill. In the preseason, Cameron was thought to be a lock as a surefire red-zone threat for the Dolphins. That statement looks ridiculous in retrospect, but his role has been diminishing by the week, and is at the point that Dion Sims is out-targeting him, and soon could be out-snapping him. Cameron is still worth holding onto in some deeper leagues, as Miami's offense could continue to evolve and he could get hot in the red-zone. However, at this point, he is nothing more than a TE streamer.

2015 Week 8 vs NE (5 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)

As has been the theme throughout the season, Cameron caught fewer than 50% of his targets yet again on Thursday. It's becoming a troubling theme, as Cameron's total targets have slowly started to go down as well. There's one thing receiving 8-10 targets and only catching about 4-5 of them, but there's an issue when you 5 targets and only catch 2 of them. Cameron still finds himself on the TE1 radar, simply because of his athletic skills. However, he's becoming harder and harder to trust as anything more than a dart throw, matchup-based tight end.

2015 Week 7 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Jordan Cameron's season continued in disappointment on Sunday. While Matthews and Landry thrived on what little volume they received, Cameron caught both of his targets but could not hit paydirt to make it worthwhile for fantasy owners. After averaging a shade over 5 targets per game over the first 5 games and simply being inefficient as he and Tannehill have struggled to get on the same page, he only saw the two targets on Sunday. As with many non-Gronk tight ends in the NFL, it's incredibly difficult to trust them week-to-week. As with the rest of the Dolphins pass-catchers on Sunday, there will be higher volume days going forward, which leaves Cameron in the low-end TE1 conversation. However, with a heavy focus on Lamar Miller and the running game, Cameron is trending in the wrong direction.

2015 Week 6 vs TEN (8 / 3 / 30 / 1 rec)

Jordan Cameron had the most targets of any Dolphin on Sunday against the Titans, but for much of the game it didn't translate to anything in the box score. He let a ball go off his hands for the first Ryan Tannehill interception of the game. Then, before the half, he and Tannehill had a miscommunication that gifted the Titans another turnover. Tennessee couldn't capitalize off either turnover, so it didn't end up hurting Miami. In the second half, Tannehill didn't hesitate in going back to Cameron, and the athletic TE finally cashed in with a touchdown late in the 4th quarter. With DeVante Parker still not playing a role yet, Cameron is the best red-zone target the Dolphins have. His quarterback showed no hesitancy in throwing the ball up into the end-zone on a skinny post route for Cameron to go get. Despite having multiple defenders in his vicinity, he made the play look easy. Could there be a few more red-zone jump-balls in Cameron's future?

2015 Week 4 vs NYJ (9 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

For the second week in a row, Ryan Tannehill heavily targeted Cameron, but the athletic tight end couldn't capitalize on the 9-target day. It wasn't so much miscommunication as Tannehill struggling for accuracy in the face of constant pressure from the Jets. Cameron is consistently getting plenty of targets, but with Tannehill throwing the ball consistently over 40 times per game so far this season, you'd like to see a little more production. If Dan Campbell really looks to get Lamar Miller going, Cameron will definitely see a hit in targets. Dion Sims still hasn't gotten closure to a return, but when he does, the running game will certainly receive a boost. Cameron remains on the back-end TE1 burner with his unique set of skills, but he may be even more touchdown-dependent as the Dolphins come out of the bye.

2015 Week 3 vs BUF (8 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Cameron had his highest target game of the season, as Ryan Tannehill had his highest number of attempts in a game this season. However, the TE put up his lowest output of the season. Through a combination of factors; Cameron not being fully healthy, a few mix-ups with Tannehill, and his quarterback simply missed him on a few occasions. With the emergence of Matthews, and DeVante Parker starting to receive more opportunities, it begs asking what Cameron's volume will be like moving forward. The Dolphins clearly miss Dion Sims' presence in the running game, so when he returns, Cameron's snaps may take a hit. He remains a red zone target for Ryan Tannehill, and is still on the back-end TE1 list, but like most TEs in that region, he's still a touchdown dependent fantasy asset.

2015 Week 2 vs JAX (4 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)

Cameron again made an impact for the Dolphins in his second game with the team, doing so on just 4 targets. It could've been a far bigger day for the athletic tight end, as Tannehill just missed him on one of those seam routes that he runs so well. It likely would've been a 30-40 yard gain, vaulting Cameron up to nearly 100 yards on the day. Regardless, Cameron and Tannehill already appear to have great chemistry, as Tannehill found him for his biggest gain of the day (26 yards) on a broken play. Unfortunately, the touchdown to a Miami tight end came to Cameron's backup, Jake Stoneburner, who himself was filling in for Dion Sims. It's unfortunate, but Cameron still has very strong touchdown potential, especially with DeVante Parker not quite ready to take the field on every snap. On the other hand, if the groin injury that shortened his day is a long-term issue, Cameron won't be contributing for a while. Monitor practice reports this week.

2015 Week 1 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 73 / 0 rec)

Cameron immediately proved to be a valuable signing for the Dolphins, impressing with seam-stretching ability, as well as in the short passing game as well. How much of Cameron's large role had to do with Dion Sims leaving the game early with a concussion? No one will know until Sims returns to his role as the blocking tight end after he is cleared from the concussion. However, Cameron obviously gets a bump without an active Sims. Cameron's biggest play came on a seam route where he ran right by a linebacker and Tannehill delivered an on-time ball. That play will end up being a staple for the Dolphins, and it's one of those passes that Tannehill is particularly adept at making. Additionally, until DeVante Parker is fully involved in the offense, Cameron will be the jump-ball red-zone specialist. Although he had a less than stellar preseason, Cameron is squarely on the TE1 landscape after Week 1.


Latest News

Dolphins | Jordan Cameron probable to go (Fri Nov 13, 02:10 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (hamstring) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 13, and is probable for Week 10.

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Dolphins | Jordan Cameron wants more targets (Thu Nov 12, 06:18 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron said he would like to be more involved in the passing game but will not push for a bigger role.

Our View: He was a bigger part of the offense earlier this season but wasn't getting the job done. In the first five weeks he was targeted 36 times resulting in just 15 catches and 200 yards and no touchdowns. He's no more than a borderline TE2/TE3.
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Dolphins | Two Dolphins pass-catchers limited (Thu Nov 12, 02:47 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (foot) and TE Jordan Cameron (hamstring) were limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 12.

Our View: Cameron hasn't done much when he has played and the hamstring is a concern. If he plays—and we're not feeling great about this—he's no more than a very shaky TE2.
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