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Cameron embraces new opportunities with offense

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Over the next few weeks, ClevelandBrowns.com will take a look at the 2013 Browns, position-by-position. Today’s spotlight is on the tight ends.

Overview:

After producing career-high numbers and catching a touchdown to seal a 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, third-year Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron enters the 2013 season determined to make even greater improvement.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Cameron started six of the 14 games he played in last season and turned 20 receptions into 226 yards and the one touchdown. He more than doubled his yards-per-reception average to 11.3 yards.

“It’s just having the mindset that I’m going to be the guy, try and take over this role,” Cameron, the Browns' lone returning tight end from last year, told “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven By Liberty Ford.” “The confidence is huge with that, and I think I get more confidence every day, learning new things. With (tight ends) coach (Jon) Embree, he really knows the details and how to make you a better player, whether it be blocking or positioning or route-running.

“(Offensive coordinator) Norv Turner is very detail-oriented, and that really helps me as a player separate from a defender. They’re proven, so it makes me trust them more and puts confidence in my abilities.”

Key Number:

Twelve.

Of Cameron’s 20 receptions in 2012, 12 of them went for first downs. That was the seventh-most on the team, while his 11.3 yards-pre-reception average was the second-most of any Browns player with at least 20 receptions.

“That position is a demanding position,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, a former tight end himself, said of Cameron’s position. “A guy like Jordan, he has played. He has some experience. He is new to this system, but he is also really new to being a tight end and trying to take a step up as a tight end in this league.”

Players to Watch:

Gary Barnidge and Kellen Davis, whom the Browns added in free agency earlier this year.

Barnidge caught 18 passes for 320 yards and one touchdown over his five-year career with the Carolina Panthers, where he spent the last two seasons under Chudzinski, who was Carolina’s offensive coordinator from 2011-12.

Barnidge averaged 17.8 yards-per-reception in Carolina.

In five years with the Bears, Davis caught 47 passes, which he turned into 529 yards and 11 touchdowns. In each of the last two years, Davis has set career bests. He caught five touchdowns, including a long score of 32 yards, in 2011, and followed it up with a 19-reception, 229-yard, two-touchdown season last fall.

He has played in 80 consecutive games and made 35 total starts, 15 each in 2011 and 2012.

“With the coaching staff and the organization, I thought it was just a good fit,” Davis said. “I kind of felt at home here, and really think it’s going to be a good opportunity for me. This time around, I got to choose where I wanted to go. I just felt really comfortable with the staff and I think the offense is going to be good and I can fit right in. It’s not going to be that hard. I’ve run this type of system before, so it’s good.

“I’m a balanced tight end. I can run-block, and I can catch-and-run. That’s kind of how I go about doing it. I try to do everything pretty well. I want to be the best player I can and contribute. I’d like to catch a lot of passes and be solid in the blocking game, and help us rush for a lot of yards, just be successful in all facets.”