Jordan Cameron will get ample chances to impress in camp this year, which will translate to increased regular-season playing time and a breakout season
Whether it's Brandon Weeden or Colt McCoy under center for the Cleveland Browns this year, one thing is certain—they'll need more weapons to throw to. Considering the team did little to address this issue in the draft, players currently on the Browns roster will need to step up and make bigger contributions.
That includes second-year tight end Jordan Cameron, who will likely earn more playing time this year and in turn prove to be one of the Browns' breakout players.
Cameron had just six receptions for 33 yards and no scores in his rookie season, in which he sat on the depth chart behind fellow tight ends Ben Watson, Evan Moore and Alex Smith. This year, though Watson and Moore are considered the two tight ends to get the most quarterback attention, Cameron will quietly emerge as one of the Browns' biggest receiving threats.
And when I mean "big," I'm serious: Cameron is 6'5" and 254 pounds. Like the New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham, Cameron is a former basketball player who made the move to football permanently and has exceptional athletic ability and an impressive vertical leap.
Cameron isn't much of a blocker, but that's not a major liability on a Browns team rife with tight ends. Primarily, he's a receiver, and one who looks capable of big plays, which is exactly what the Browns need right now.
Both Cameron and Moore should both factor in more heavily in the Browns' receiving game this season, especially considering the league-wide trend to field two tight ends in passing situations. Moore already showed flashes of his talent in 2011, but with Cameron, there are more unknowns.
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Those unknowns, however, won't keep him from getting chances to impress in camps this summer. The more receiving targets for Weeden or McCoy the better, so Cleveland is far better served not keeping any options on the shelf if they prove ready to see increased playing time.
With a full offseason's worth of time to build chemistry with his quarterbacks, Cameron should see his development accelerate. That improved rapport combined with his innate athletic ability should propel him into a far more integral part of the Browns' passing game than he was last season.
Look for Cameron to pull down between 20-30 passes this season, worth at least 250 yards. His talent lies in gaining yards after the catch, and he should also prove to be a solid red-zone target.
As such, he could add five to seven touchdowns to the Browns' total this year—and for a team that had just 20 total scores in 2011, that will certainly make a difference.