Dolphins Jordan Cameron, in his sixth NFL season, has the potential to be a fine NFL tight end. I've seen it. I saw what he did to the Dolphins in that 2013 regular season opener. He caught nine passes for 108 yards that day. And that wasn't his best game that season.
But Cameron has the look of a player needing to be built up now.
He has the look of a player either lacking in confidence or worrying too much about the results.
Cameron needs to be reminded to trust the process of playing his position. Trust his abilities. Trust his training. Trust that if he handles that business, the results will come.
That's not how he's playing now.
The story went on to say, Gase's offense is TE friendly. But, Cameron struggled in the offseason. He struggled early in camp. And Friday against Dallas he had an almost certain TD catch from Tannehill on a short slant in the red zone. But he juggled and dropped it. And he didn't seem to recover strong after that -- another sign he needs a confidence boost. So this week of practice, which starts Sunday afternoon for the Dolphins, could be pivotal for Cameron.
Cameron didn’t catch a pass against the Giants in Friday’s preseason opener. But head coach Adam Gase isn’t panicking.
“I feel like what’s going on with him right now is that there’s a little bit of a learning curve for him,” Gase said of Cameron. “We went through some struggles there in the spring (and) a little bit at the beginning of camp. The thing about the tight end position is that there’s a lot of responsibility you have. You’re doing multiple phases of the game.”
Cameron caught 35 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns in his first season with the Dolphins last year. But the goal is for Cameron to duplicate his 2013 season, when he recorded 80 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns for the Browns. Tight end Julius Thomas finished with 108 catches for 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns over his two seasons in Gase’s offense with the Broncos, the story pointed out. Cameron is 19th on our TE list coming into this season and has a 17th round ADP.
Monday, August 8, 2016, 4:14pm
That’s one way to describe how the Dolphins’ offense began team drills Monday.
Here’s another: It was a continuation of the malaise on display in Saturday’s scrimmage, which led coach Adam Gase to criticize the unit in ways we haven’t heard since his arrival in Davie.
With a day off Sunday, it was two straight practices of the offense often going nowhere but backward. Yes, there were occasional positive plays, but they were as spaced apart as extended touchdown drives for this team the past few seasons. Gase said he saw improved effort Monday, perhaps unwilling to beat up on his offensive line the way his defensive line has.
Only six active NFL players have a higher career yards-per-catch average than Kenny Stills (16.5), and Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he “definitely” wants to get him involved more after he was targeted just 63 times last season (compared with 165 for Jarvis Landry).
Stills says that excites him and “the numbers don’t lie” about Gase’s offenses.
But the chemistry must improve with Ryan Tannehill. Though a bunch of Stills’ targets were difficult deep routes (and that must be taken into account with this stat), he caught only 42.8 percent of passes thrown to him, compared to 70.4 for Rishard Matthews (now with Tennessee), 66.7 for Landry, 50.9 for DeVante Parker and 50 for Jordan Cameron.
Stills had only two drops last season, so many of the incomplete passes were errant throws by Tannehill. Gase has been impressed with Stills so far this offseason.
New HC Adam Gase has a history of utilizing his tight ends. Julius Thomas averaged 4.0 catches for 47 yards and 0.89 touchdowns in 27 games under Gase from 2013-14. Martellus Bennett and Zach Miller combined to produce 87 catches for 878 yards and eight touchdowns last season while Gase was the OC for the Bears. Cameron is turning 28 in August and is two seasons removed from his 80-917-7 breakout season in Cleveland. It's possible that he recaptures that magic in a larger role with Gase calling the shots.
Gase said "the wide out and the tight end group we feel great about."
Well, Cameron is the starting tight end. And Dion Sims is the backup tight end. And that is the core of the tight end group.
Later during his presser, Gase mentioned that the new coaching staff has studied Cameron and he "fits" what the team is going to try to do on offense in 2016.
"Obviously the tight end position is something we've made a living on in this offense over the past three years," Gase said. "So both those guys (including Sims) I really see a great fit as far as what we do."
Cameron is a candidate for a bounceback season after disappointing in his first year in Miami. New HC Adam Gase utilized his tight ends heavily while running the offenses in Chicago and Denver.
Monday, December 14, 2015, 1:08pm
The Miami Dolphins moved on from Charles Clay as their starting tight end this season and brought in Jordan Cameron during free agency. Cameron showed great potential with the Cleveland Browns but was also unable to stay healthy throughout his first four seasons in the NFL.
He's finally ridded himself of injuries this season, but he hasn't lived up to expectations after signing a two-year, $15 million deal in Miami.
He's caught just 26 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games -- with 10 of those receptions coming in the first three games. Since then, he's caught 16 passes in 9 games and hasn't seen the ball thrown his way much.
Cameron admitted that his role with the Dolphins hasn't been what he expected it to be, and not in a good way.
“My role is a little different than I thought it was going to be,” Cameron said via the Palm Beach Post. “The first two games, I was catching the ball more and they kind of had it evolve after that and they started to get the run game a little more involved. So my role evolved, too.”
Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm
Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 10. Cameron hasn’t broken 40 yards receiving since Week 2.
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:09pm
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6:46pm
Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Cameron played about half the snaps in Week 9 and was targeted once. He hasn’t caught a touchdown since Week 6 and hasn’t cracked the 40-yard mark since Week 2.
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm
Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 9. Cameron was a midweek downgrade, so consider him a game-time decision until we get a better handle on his status.
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 4. Cameron should be fine to suit up since he played through the injury last week. The Dolphins play in the very early London game on Sunday.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 3. The Dolphins play late so this may be a headache for fantasy owners. He’s expected to play, per beat writer Armando Salguero.
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