Fantasy Football: Will Jordan Cameron Break out in 2013?
Forget about quietly getting Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron as a sleeper thanks to his multiple touchdown performance in the second preseason game against the Detroit Lions. Now that he’s moving up fantasy draft boards, will he break out and become a legitimate TE1?
Cameron is entering his third season with the Browns. He was limited to six receptions for 33 yards as a rookie. In his sophomore year, Cameron caught 20 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown.
Ben Watson, who caught 49 passes for 501 yards and three touchdowns, was ahead of him on the depth chart. He has moved on to the New Orleans Saints, which gives Cameron the opening he needs to take the next step.
It isn’t uncommon for tight ends to take a little longer to develop. Even greats like Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez didn’t take off until their second and third years, respectively.
With just 22 games under his belt, Cameron is still very green, but the path has been paved for more opportunities. Cameron has improved his blocking skills, which should help keep him on the field more often.
Cameron will need to get better play from his quarterback Brandon Weeden, who completed just 57.4 percent of his passes last year. Weeden had 14 touchdown passes to 17 interceptions, as well as a 72.6 passer rating.
Weeden has been impressive during the preseason and appears poised to take a big step forward in year two. Josh Gordon and Greg Little have the ability to stretch the field, which should allow Cameron to work the middle of the field.
Rob Chudzinski has been lining Cameron up in the slot, which allows him to get off the ball quicker and take advantage of the mismatches that his size creates.
Chudzinski, a former tight end himself, coached Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow at the University of Miami before helping develop Gates. Cameron couldn’t have asked for a better coach to take him to the next level.
At 6’5″, 245 pounds, this former basketball player has the athleticism to continue the recent trend of hoops players transitioning to quality tight ends. He should be especially useful in the red zone.
I would still pair Cameron with another decent tight end, but all signs point to Cameron having a TE1 season.
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