There has been a lot of discussion about the Browns this offseason. We’ve talked about everyone from Johnny Manziel to Ray Farmer and the front office, but there is one person that has curiously been left out of the conversation.
Why is nobody talking about Jordan Cameron?
If there was a Most Improved Player award in the NFL, it very easily could have gone to the Browns tight end last year. In our new league, where tight ends are so good and so important, Cameron has quietly become an elite player, and most of us seem to have completely missed it.
Cameron finished the season with 80 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns – third, second and sixth amongst tight ends last year, respectively.
Now, those are great numbers, especially when your quarterbacks are Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer.
In comparison, Julius Thomas – who also had breakout year – finished the season with 65 receptions for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those five extra touchdowns, and probably the quarterback and team he played for, played a big role in upping Thomas’ popularity throughout the NFL, but you can’t really blame Cameron for his lack of touchdowns. Nobody scored touchdowns in Cleveland.
Today, to be a great tight end you essentially have to be a wide receiver, and Cameron perfectly fits that mold. At six foot five inches, Cameron is a force to be reckoned with in the red zone, and his 4.53-second forty-yard-dash allows him to dominate between the 20s.
There’s no reason why Cameron can’t be even better than he was last year. Whether it’s Hoyer or Manziel, the Browns should get better quarterback play this year, and, likewise, Cameron should contribute to the development of whomever is under center.
When you look at all of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, there is a very good chance that they are accompanied by a great tight end. So, if Manziel is to succeed early in his career, the Browns need to make sure that Cameron is a big part of this offense.
Trust me, by the end of next season, everyone will be talking about Cameron.
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