Cleveland Browns tight end
Cameron started his collegiate athletic career as a basketball player at Brigham Young University before picking up football at Ventura Junior College and later, the University of Southern California.
Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers standout Antonio Gates are two of the more recognizable Division I basketball players who have found success as tight ends in the National Football League. Graham caught 99 passes for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall and Gates -- a Kent State University alum -- registered 593 receptions, which he turned into 7,783 yards and 76 touchdowns over his first nine years in the NFL.
“I just worry about myself,” Cameron said. “I don’t really look at those guys like that. I just control what I do and try to take each day one at a time, so it’s not something I look at. I don’t look at Jimmy Graham; I just focus on what I do because we’re all different. We all make different plays at different times.”
What Cameron does focus on is developing within the Browns’ West Coast offense.
Cameron played in eight games, with two starts, for the Browns during the 2011 season. He caught six passes for 33 yards with a long reception of 15 yards in those games. Cameron is one of five tight ends currently listed on Cleveland’s depth chart, along with veterans
“Every day is getting a little slower, so I can kind of calm down and see what I’ve got to do and that’s been real helpful,” Cameron said. “With this offseason, I got to look at each play or each scenario and watch what the footwork is. The little things really add up.”
Some of those little things include “overall technique,” getting his feet set and his hand position on a defender. He also has worked on route-running and run-blocking.
Due to injuries to Watson and Moore early in camp, Cameron has gotten more practice and preseason game repetitions to work on his skills. Feedback from teammates and coaches have come with those additional opportunities on the field.
“They’re talking about the details a lot like ‘Jordan, you’ve got to do this right,’” Cameron said. “It may look good to someone else, but sometimes my feet are wrong and I make the block but my feet aren’t right. They’re looking at the little things and I’ve got to get a lot better at those things.
“I’m getting a lot of reps and that’s good. I just need to keep taking advantage of the reps.”