Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:16pm
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:34pm
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:34pm
Coach Adam Gase said today tight end Jordan Cameron is out because he does indeed have a concussion and he's in the NFL concussion protocol.
It's especially concerning because Cameron has been plagued with concussions throughout his NFL career. During his first four seasons playing for the Browns, Cameron suffered three concussions. Dion Sims replaced Cameron as Miami's first-team tight end, and MarQueis Gray got involved in the offense as Miami's third tight end, coming onto the field in the two tight end package.
Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm
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Adam Gase brings with him an offensive system that combines elements of his various stops in the NFL, but one constant: Over the past few years, he always had a tight end to count on.
Whether it was the Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas in Denver or a two-headed attack in Chicago, Gase has moved players around like chess pieces, always managing to find mismatches that benefited tight ends.
The struggles the Dolphins have had in incorporating tight ends in their passing game this preseason have been on display for all to see and dissect ad nauseam. What hasn’t been in the public’s sights: how Gase has focused on getting more out of Jordan Cameron as a receiving tight end.
“I’m starting to get a good feel for what he likes,” Gase said Tuesday. “I’ve had a lot of conversations with him over the last couple of weeks as far as, ‘What do we need to do different that I can get you a little bit in a rhythm?’ I feel like we’re kind of starting to hit some of those things.”
Gase said TEs need to be make more of an impact in the passing game as well as blocking. It’s not all on Cameron. Together with No. 2 tight end Dion Sims, they have managed just six receptions for 34 yards this preseason, with drops earning more attention than catches, the story said.
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.
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