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Cameron has starter's mindset

Posted Jun 15, 2013

Tight end Jordan Cameron came into the offseason with the mindset of becoming a starter.

With the free-agent losses of Benjamin Watson and Alex Smith this offseason, third-year tight end Jordan Cameron recognized the opportunity he would have to contribute to the Cleveland Browns’ offense.

And he spent every day throughout the 10 weeks of offseason meetings, as well as the eight of on-field work, learning the system of offensive coordinator Norv Turner and trying to develop into a starter.

“It’s just having the mindset that I’m going to be the guy, try and take over this role,” Cameron 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.

“Coach 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.”

The wide-receiver talent surrounding Cameron and the offense is another reason for his confidence. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound native Newbury Park, Calif., described working with Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Davone Bess as an “awesome” experience.

“They’re making an opening for the tight end,” Cameron said. “They’re running deep routes, and it makes it easier for the tight ends to work the middle a little bit, and we stretch the field as well, so there’s a lot of guys running deep, vertical routes. But at the same time, we’ve got Trent Richardson in the backfield, so it’s going to create a lot of mismatches, I think. It’s going to be fun to see. We’re not where we want to be, but I think we’ll get there real soon.”

Having veterans in Gary Barnidge, who played for Browns coach Rob Chudzinski during his time with the Carolina Panthers, and Kellen Davis with him in the tight ends room has also helped with Cameron’s development.

“They’re very helpful,” Cameron said. “Gary was in the system last year. He’s very helpful during practice. If I have a question or he’ll see me do something, he’ll coach me up, and the same with Kellen. They know the little things in this offense that really make it go.”