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Cameron has career day in win over Vikings

Posted Sep 22, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron had a career day with three touchdowns in the team’s 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Whether it was on special teams or offense, if there was a touchdown to be caught for the Cleveland Browns in their 31-27 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome, third-year tight end Jordan Cameron was there to make it.

Cameron caught six passes from quarterback Brian Hoyer, gained 66 yards and scored three touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 51 seconds left to play in the victory.

“Coach (Rob Chudzinski) talked about guys making plays,” Cameron said. “I think a lot of us had that mindset of: ‘We’re going to be the guy to make the play.’ Guys made big plays on that last drive. It’s just a matter of believing in Brian, believing in ourselves and we did a good job of that today.”

Cameron’s biggest play of the day came on the Browns’ final scoring drive.

On third-and-goal from the Vikings’ seven-yard line, Hoyer took a snap in the Shotgun formation and lofted a pass to the left back corner of the end zone, where Cameron ran underneath the ball and corralled it with both feet in bounds for the game-winning score.

“‘Catch the ball, that’s all that was in my head; just catch it,’” Cameron recalled thinking as the ball was in the air. “He was making some good throws, putting the ball out there where no one else could get it. We got some chemistry going. We’re building on this. We’re still nowhere where we need to be, so we’ve got a lot of work to do.

“It’s a momentum starter. Coach talked about having a spark, and we got one today. We just have to keep it rolling. We’ve just got to build off this, make the corrections and get better.”

While his third and final touchdown had the biggest impact on the game, Cameron was making impact plays throughout the afternoon.

Hoyer tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Cameron and put the Browns in front of the Vikings, 14-7, with 14:55 to play in the first half. After a one-yard loss on the final play of the first quarter, Hoyer took the snap on second-and-11, and led Cameron, who was in front a Vikings defender on a drag route across the middle of the field, to the far sideline for the score.

“Jordan can be a huge threat in this league,” Hoyer said. “That tight end who can run and get open down the field is something that’s really come up in recent years. That’s what he is, and he showed that today.”

Later in the second quarter, Browns punter Spencer Lanning extended the Browns’ lead over the Vikings to 10 points, 24-14, with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cameron.

Initially, the Browns lined up to kick a field goal, but Lanning got the ball from long-snapper Christian Yount, threw the ball to Cameron on the right side of the formation and watched as the third-year tight end ran to the pylon for the score.

“I just kind of sauntered off and acted like I was going to the bench, and they didn’t see me out there. I lined up on the ball,” Cameron said. “We worked on it a couple weeks and it was kind of an each touchdown. I thought it was easy, and then, I got blasted going in. I’ve got to have a little bit more speed to get into the end zone.”

Lanning added, “It was one of those things that if they covered it, we were going to bring it back in and kick it. You try to get set so they don’t see it, and we just got out there and they gave us the look we wanted. It was a good snap, good throw and JC made a good catch and got in the end zone.”

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