TE Jordan Cameron, Free agent
HT: 6-5, WT: 254, Born: 8-7-1988, College: USC, Drafted: Round 4
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: D Jackson (52), S Vereen (53), Jordan Cameron (54), T Brady (55), M Floyd (56)
Position: R Gronkowski (30-TE3), V Davis (47-TE4), Jordan Cameron (54 - TE5), J Witten (65-TE6), G Olsen (78-TE7)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: P Harvin (49), M Floyd (50), Jordan Cameron (51), R Rice (52), J Bell (53)
Position: R Gronkowski (27-TE2), J Thomas (29-TE3), Jordan Cameron (51 - TE4), V Davis (58-TE5), J Witten (66-TE6)
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Jordan Cameron burst onto the scene last season, using his basketball skills to produce 80 catches, 917 yards, and seven touchdowns. He is the one player in Cleveland whose numbers shouldn’t be negatively impacted by Josh Gordon’s absence due to suspension. Cameron will be the clear go-to guy in this offense, particularly in red zone passing situation. He is the heavy favorite to lead the team in targets, and he should provide a solid option for either of the team's quarterbacks.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Jordan Cameron looked like a complete stud against the Dolphins, posting career highs in receptions and yards. Cameron caught the only touchdown of the game for the Browns, a 7-yard bullet to the back of the end zone. The ball was slightly overthrown, but Cameron made up for it with his insane catch radius. After catching the ball, he did an amazing job of balancing and keeping two feet in bounds for the touchdown. Cameron's most impressive grab of the day was a 22-yard reception in which he fully extended for a Brandon Weeden pass that was headed toward the sideline. JC Superstar also grabbed a few crossing routes, and on multiple occasions when met with a defender, Cameron plowed through the tackler to gain a few extra yards. Overall, the Browns have a stud in Norv Turner's TE-friendly offense, and his name is Jordan Cameron.
Week 2 - By far the most productive Browns receiver, Jordan Cameron showed once again this week that he is the most valuable member of the Browns receiving core. On the first play of the game, Cameron broke off his go route and came back to Brandon Weeden's deep pass. From there he showed good speed and running ability on his way to 15-20 yards after the catch. Cameron does not show blazing straight-line speed, as he seems to play more agile than "fast". However, Cameron is the big athletic target that every quarterback would love to have. This was shown late in the fourth quarter when Cameron ran up the seam and connected with Weeden on a 21-yard gain, using his big frame to make room for the throw.
Week 3 - Jordan Cameron is a matchup nightmare. He does two things extremely well. He uses his size and hops to make amazing athletic plays, and he is vicious after the catch. His size-athleticism was displayed on his first and third touchdowns both over the shoulder grabs from Brian Hoyer. Safeties cannot guard Cameron in the back corner of the end zone. On Cameron's first touchdown reception, he ran a beautiful post corner route, extended for the ball, caught it, and balanced himself while dragging two feet in bounds. The final touchdown was almost an exact replica of Martellus Bennett's game winning touchdown grab, even at the same location and stadium. Cameron's second touchdown was on a fake FG, and here is where Cameron displayed his insane YAC ability. Cameron was hit around the three-yard line, but used his strength to stay inside the pylon and score. Earlier in the game, Cameron extended a drive by absorbing a hit and stretching the ball past the first down line on third down. Overall, Jordan Cameron is developing into an elite tight end in the NFL at age 25. His athleticism and ferocity is something the Browns have not ever seen at tight end position.
Week 4 - Jordan Cameron caught yet another touchdown on Sunday, bringing him to five on the season. Cameron split out wide left on second and goal at the two-yard line, matched up against 6'3, 220 lb. safety Taylor Mays. Even against one of the biggest safeties in the league, Cameron shielded Mays with his size and reached to his back shoulder and corralled Brian Hoyer's throw. Jordan Cameron is almost unstoppable on the goal line, and the Browns are exploiting that mismatch. Cameron did drop a pass late in the first half, proving that he is in fact human. Nevertheless, on the next play, Cameron caught a ball in the flat and got out of bounds with four seconds left to set up a Billy Cundiff 49 yard FG (no good). In the third quarter, Cameron showed incredible balance on an intermediate sideline catch, brushing both feet in bounds before falling out of bounds. Finally, Cameron came up big on the Browns final drive, racking up yards after the catch (his forte), helping quarterback Brian Hoyer lead the Browns down the field in the fourth quarter. Overall, Cameron plays with the technique of a wide receiver, has the size of a tight end and plays with the athleticism of a basketball player.
Week 5 - The Buffalo Bills clamped down on Jordan Cameron, using bracket coverage and other techniques to limit the effectiveness of the third-year tight end out of USC. Interestingly enough, the Browns utilized Willis McGahee at the goal line on Thursday rather than lobbing it up to their 6'5" tight end. While Brian Hoyer was the master of the back shoulder throw, Brandon Weeden often struggles with fade routes in the end zone. The loss of Hoyer may hurt Jordan Cameron's goal line production, but it's hard to ignore a player with an insane catch radius like Cameron when close to scoring. Despite recording only three catches, Cameron displayed his elite ability to gain yards after the catch. The Browns love utilizing Cameron on short crossing routes on third down while Josh Gordon and Davone Bess distract the rest of the defense. This isolates Cameron one on one with a linebacker, and on multiple occasions Cameron has beat a linebacker to the sideline or muscled his way through him for a first down or extra yardage. Cameron did exactly that on his first catch of the game, a 19-yarder that extended the Browns' drive.
Week 6 - Jordan Cameron made an impressive catch in the second quarter, extending his arms for a Brandon Weeden pass on a comeback route while wrestling the ball away from a Lions defender. Unfortunately, those positive moments were few and far between for Cameron on Sunday, and none of them were near the end zone. When the Browns did complete a pass in the end zone, Cameron was used as a blocker while the Browns rolled to the other side of the field and found Greg Little. On a quiet night for Cameron, his stat line was still good for a tight end. As we concluded last week, Brandon Weeden seems to utilize his wide receivers more prominently in the offense than Brian Hoyer did. This leaves Davone Bess (basically a slot tight end) and Jordan Cameron lower on the totem pole in the Browns offense.
Week 7 - Cameron put to rest any talks of inefficiency with quarterback Brandon Weeden by recording a great stat line on Sunday against the Packers. Cameron's size bothered Packers cornerbacks, and on the other side, Cameron was not bothered by the physicality of the Packers cornerbacks. On two different occasions, Jordan Cameron shielded off a defender and made catches that were only possible because of his size. Both of these catches came near the sideline, where Cameron shows an amazing ability to keep a knee or two feet in bounds before falling out of bounds. Cameron's touchdown pass came on fourth and goal deep in Packers territory. Cameron lined up as a slot receiver, made a quick cut to the inside and shielded a Packers defender while corralling a dart from Brandon Weeden. When Jordan Cameron can make quick and fluid cuts in the rezone, he is almost impossible to stop. Where Cameron does struggle is getting past the first down marker on his routes, as he failed to break off his route past the marker on multiple occasions on Sunday. However, these negatives should not be highlighted as glaring, especially when Cameron is one of the few consistent offensive players on the Browns roster.
Week 8 - Jordan Cameron's has improved his run blocking since the beginning of the season, taking out a defender to make room for Willis McGahee on a fourth down run. Jordan Cameron was not much of a factor until late in the game with an insane 40-yard catch while falling down. Cameron showed repeatedly the ability to run past linebackers and make plays like a wide receiver. Once again, Cameron gained huge yards after the catch on third down on the Browns' final drive. Finally, Cameron was incredibly efficient with his targets on Sunday, catching all four passes thrown his way. Hopefully the Browns can get to the red zone more frequently so Cameron can display his insane catch radius and athleticism.
Week 9 - Jordan Cameron was the victim of a few poorly thrown passes from Jason Campbell. However, Cameron failed to separate from linebackers and was blanketed by Daryl Smith throughout much of the game. One should consider this game as an anomaly for the otherwise consistent Cameron. It is not as if Cameron was featured in the offense (five targets), but it is best that Jason Campbell not force the ball to Cameron just because he is an athletic freak.
Week 11 - All of Jordan Cameron's catches came on short passes and checkdowns from Jason Campbell. Despite multiple possessions in the near the goal line, Jason Campbell failed to even target Jordan Cameron. Cameron was never given a chance to display his skillset and produce. Cameron has been consistently misutilized by the Browns this season, except for the short time when Brian Hoyer was quarterback. It seems like Hoyer understood that it is in his best option to get the ball to his Gronkonian receiver near the goal line. While Hoyer seems to have independently come to that conclusion, it seems like the Browns coaching staff fails to recognize that plays designed for Cameron are the best way to score points near the goal line. Until that baseline understanding of point expectations relative to field position takes place, the Browns will continue kicking short field goals rather than scoring touchdowns. Campbell misses Cameron in end zone.
Week 12 - Fantasy owners everywhere cringed after hearing word of Jordan Cameron dropping a pass in the end zone on Sunday. The pass was a bullet from Brandon Weeden that squeezed free as Cameron hit the ground. The qualifications for a catch are so arbitrary that despite never having the ball touch the ground, Cameron still did not complete the catch. Cameron showed that he could destroy linebackers in man coverage on Sunday, corralling a 16-yard reception after beating Lawrence Timmons on an out route ń leaving him in the dust. As opposed to weeks prior, Cameron was heavily targeted on Sunday. One should expect Cameron's numbers to regress back to the mean in the following weeks, especially with a favorable matchup next week against the Jaguars.
Week 13 - Jordan Cameron was frequently open across the middle of the field on Sunday; however, he failed to capitalize on the few opportunities he received. Aside from a 26-yard catch early in the game where he ran free against the Jags' poor secondary, Cameron was quiet. Jordan Cameron still has a ways to go regarding concentration and putting together his full game. For example, Cameron failed to fight for a Brandon Weeden pass over the middle, allowing the pass to be intercepted by a creeping safety over the middle. While it is easy to blame the quarterback in those instances, Cameron must attempt to catch the ball! Cameron was also tagged with a false start and a dropped pass, and his only other receptions were dump offs or short passes behind the sticks. Once again, the Browns failed to use Jordan Cameron near the end zone on Sunday, which is still baffling. While the Browns scored two touchdowns in the red zone, they came via Greg Little and Willis McGahee ń far from certainties regarding scoring touchdowns.
Week 14 - Jordan Cameron operated like a true TE1, securing all 9 of his counted targets. Most of his plays were of the chunk/chain moving variety, as his 9/121/1 line featured a long play of merely 20 yards. Cameron's touchdown came on one of the easiest play action catches you'll ever see, as there was no defender within yards of him. Cameron displayed solid catch-in-traffic skills, and was also on the same page with Jason Campbell for much of the game, operating as an outlet for him at times when he needed it and consistently beating coverage.
Week 15 - Inconsistent quarterback play hindered Jordan Cameron's ability to make an impact on Sunday's game. Cameron's three receptions came via short passes with little opportunity for yards after the catch. Two of those receptions came when the game was already out of hand. It is interesting to see how the Browns use Cameron once the probability of winning has already been diminished close to zero. The Cleveland Browns ran five plays in the red zone, none of which featured Jordan Cameron. The underutilization of Jordan Cameron continues for another week. Cameron's production sans Brian Hoyer (5-59-.25) makes one unappreciative of the ACL injury that eliminated Hoyer from the Browns' 2013 plan. With Hoyer, Cameron averaged 8-78.5-2, and save for two other occasions this season, Cameron has not been able to produce at those levels.
Week 16 - Cameron is still going through concussion testing and it looks like his season is over.
Week 17 - Jordan Cameron continued to be one of the most efficient receivers in the NFL, hovering around ten yards per target on Sunday despite coming off a concussion. Although he was used mostly on passing downs, Cameron still made many plays using his size and athleticism. Cameron runs like a wide receiver, which is scary to think of because of his size. Once Cameron is able to get through the defense, he uses his size to catch passes that a smaller receiver would have troubled corralling. Cameron has soft hands; rarely does he ever drop a pass. However, it seems as if Cameron is allergic to scoring touchdowns since Brian Hoyer torn his ACL. Cameron had a ball deflect off his face while in the end zone late in the game on Sunday. One would hope that the Browns would be able to utilize Cameron more effectively in the red zone next season, where he is the Browns' biggest asset.