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.
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:16pm
Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (groin) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Cameron is considered “day to day” per beat writer Armando Salguero. He was unable to finish the game against the Jaguars, so we’re concerned about his Week 3 availability. His return to practice on Thursday is encouraging, however.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:12pm
Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Cameron is considered “day to day” per beat writer Armando Salguero. He was unable to finish the game against the Jaguars, so we’re concerned about his Week 3 availability.
Cameron was dealing with a groin ailment. As for star running back Miller, he doesn't seem to think the ankle injury that forced him to leave the game will be serious.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Miller said "I'll be alright" after the game.
Even when he was on the field, Miller was relatively ineffective for the second straight week. He carried it 10 times for 14 yards, with another five touches coming in the passing game.
The Dolphins said in the offseason they'd be open to giving Miller more carries this season, but with his ineffectiveness and the offense's issues, that doesn't seem to be the case thus far.
Miller missed the second half of the team's loss to the Jaguars, although he did consider returning to the game. He will not need an MRI, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. In Miller's absence, Damien Williams took over as the lead back, carrying the ball just two times for five yards, but he did add a touchdown reception.
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