Cameron facing greater attention

Posted Nov 22, 2013

By being a focal point of opposing defenses, Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has opened up teammates to produce catches and touchdowns.

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron started the season by eclipsing career marks for catches, yards and touchdowns within the first three weeks of the year, and set numerous franchise records in the process.

However, as of late, he has attracted added attention from opposing defenses. And that added attention has led to a decrease in production from the third-year tight end.

“He’s definitely gotten a lot more attention from defenses, and that’s what happens when you have success, and you’re playing and doing some of the things that he was able to do early in the season,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “He was going to get more attention, and fortunately, that’s given other guys opportunities. It goes in cycles.”

Cameron started the year with a 108-yard, one touchdown performance in a 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season opener on Sept. 8, and followed it up with 95 yards on five receptions in a 14-6 loss to the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 15.

Then, in the third game of the season, Cameron caught six passes for 66 yards, but three of those receptions went for touchdowns, including the game-winning seven-yard score in the Browns’ 31-27, come-from-behind victory at the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 22.

Since turning four catches into 81 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 27, Cameron has been on the receiving end of seven passes for 33 yards without a touchdown, but the added attention from defenses has given Cameron’s teammates chances to make plays.

In the 24-18 win over the Ravens on Nov. 3, wide receiver Greg Little caught seven passes for 122 yards and fellow wideout, Davone Bess, corralled three catches for 24 yards, with two going for scores.

Last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, wide receiver Josh Gordon caught five passes for 125 yards, including a 74-yard third-quarter touchdown.

“My experience, it goes in cycles in terms of who people are trying to defend,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. “Two weeks ago, it was Greg and Davone Bess that had big games, and Jordan didn’t have as many plays.

“Last week, I don’t know how to characterize that because obviously, when the game ends up getting away from you like it did, we were in a hurry-up, two-minute type deal the whole game. We need to get all our playmakers involved, and Jordan certainly has been one of our playmakers. I would expect, I would hope, that he can be part of this thing.”

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