After the first series in the first scrimmage, the Browns had neither Gordon nor Jordan Cameron on the field. Gordon was not playing because of his appeal of a failed drug test. Cameron had a shoulder issue.
Cameron shows nothing to indicate he won't build off last season’s Pro Bowl campaign. Cameron is in excellent shape, he’s smart, runs good routes and catches the ball when thrown to him. He will get more attention this season, but he shows every positive sign.
Cameron was the #2 TE through Week 8, but ranked #23 from Week 9 through Week 17. Some of this had to do with the QB issues in Cleveland, though his targets remained relatively even (8.4 T/G through Week 8 vs. 7.3 T/G thereafter). Despite the departure of a TE-friendly coaching staff that included HC Rob Chudzinski and OC Norv Turner, there is still a lot to like about Cameron. He should enjoy a QB upgrade and new OC Kyle Shanahan is pretty TE-friendly in his own right. Under Shanahan, Jordan Reed was targeted a healthy 6.6 times per game (11th-most among TEs) in 2013. While the new regime is not an upgrade for Cameron, it’s not a huge downgrade, either. Don’t forget that Cameron is entering his fourth season and is still improving as a player. If Josh Gordon is suspended, Cameron will likely see the most targets on the team.