On April 1, tight end
The third-year pro recognizes the opportunity he has because of the departure of two tight ends from last year’s team, as well as the additions of coach Rob Chudzinski, offensive coordinator Norv Turner, and tight ends coach Jon Embree.
“I know it’s a big opportunity,” Cameron said. “There’s a lot of opportunities to make plays, and I just want to get out there, show what I can do, and showcase my athleticism. I’ve always been looking for this opportunity, and so far, getting to meet the coaches and some of the new guys has been good so far.
“It pushes me harder. You come into the NFL, and you want to be a starter, you want to push for that job. Right now, I’m doing that. I haven’t earned anything. I’m not the starter. I haven’t done anything to prove that. Right now, I’m working my butt off to get to that position and show them that I’m ready and capable of being the guy.”
Before he showcases his skills on the field when Phase 2 of the Browns’ offseason program begins, Cameron says the team has “to learn this offense.”
“It’s a whole, brand new scheme and everything,” Cameron said. “We’ve got to take a lot of time to get the specifics of this offense and get all the details squared away and get everything pretty much locked down for these next couple months because when camp comes along, there’s no slowing down. You’ve got to install one after another, so we’ve got to get going on this offense this offseason.
“(This time) is very important. It’s a whole change of scenario with a new weight room, new stuff going on. It’s important to get familiar with everyone and get familiar with the coaches. We talked about building a family, and everyone got off on a good start. It’s fun to see where this is going to go.”
Due to a 132-day work-stoppage while the NFL and NFL Players Association worked on a new collective bargaining agreement in 2011, Cameron did not have an offseason during his first year with the Browns. However, with the opportunity to participate in organized team activities and minicamps ahead of training camp prior to the 2012 season, Cameron was able to increase his productivity on the field.
Last season, Cameron played in 14 games and made six starts after appearing in only eight contests during his rookie season. He caught 20 passes, gained 226 yards and scored his first career NFL touchdown, a five-yarder in the team’s 20-14 home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 25.
Like the changes in the coaching staff, his increase in opportunities in 2012 also served as a motivator for Cameron, who underwent cardio and circuit-training at The Factory in Westlake, Calif., this offseason.
“We worked out four days a week with a good group of guys,” Cameron said. “It was competitive, and we got it in. I got my body right and have just got to start eating healthier. We’ve got this cafeteria with this new food, so it’s really good to see the changes and see them open-minded about stuff that really benefits the players.
“There’s definitely a different energy around here. You can feel it with the players and the coaching staff, and the trainers, and the management. You can definitely feel they want to win. You can feel they’re competitive, and they’re doing anything they can to give us an advantage or an edge on our opponents.”