Miami Dolphins training camp has been in full swing for over a week and this past Friday we got to witness an impressive scrimmage. Over 16,000 fans came out to see how the Dolphins were progressing.
While there are a lot of players to keep our eyes on, one player in particular who stood out for me was Jordan Cameron. As a tight end, his primary role is to block. But over the years the position has evolved and we see them catching just as many if not more passes than wide receivers.
As of late the Dolphins tight ends haven’t been on the receiving end that much, which was recently pointed out by Cameron.
“The tight ends haven’t been getting the ball much, but we’ve been working on all the stuff we need to get us better with the blocking and learning the installation and getting the little things down that really makes the difference in a game,” he said.
But on Friday night's scrimmage we saw more than just blocking. Cameron was on the receiving end of two TD passes from QB Ryan Tannehill. They weren’t pretty, but they got the job done and made the crowd happy. Good thing they did too because due to an “Ooops” on the field, one pass Tannehill threw resulted in an interception and the crowd wasn’t so happy.
“It’s football. You’ve got to be able to bounce back.” Tannehill said about the interception. “Obviously, I didn’t want to throw a pick like I did on that one – that was a dumb pick. You throw some interceptions and defenders make great plays on the ball. You throw one like that on a miscommunication; it’s totally on the quarterback’s shoulders. Those are the ones that it’s hard to live with. It happens and you have to be able to bounce back and battle on and win the game.”
Bounce back he did as with those two scores the crowd went crazy as one was a 26 yard floater to connect with Cameron in the end zone.
“It was great.” Tannehill said about his TD connections with Cameron. “Honestly, we try to do work in practice. We don’t script out plays against the defenses that we see in practice. We just go out and call the plays and go. We’ve tried it in practice to get him a few good looks, but it hasn’t worked out for whatever reason. It just seems like Coach (Kevin) Coyle has got us on, but tonight to be able to get him a couple of balls in the end zone, he made a great route on the seven, beat the linebacker. Then down here, just kept working for me on the back line and has strong hands, and was able to make the catch.”
Coach Joe Philbin has also been taking notice and was pleased with Cameron’s performance.
“I was kidding him, some days the ball comes your direction more often than others. It seemed like today, there some nice hookups with him, but I’m really pleased with him overall.” Philbin said. “I like the command that he has of our system, he fits real well in the locker room, guys like him and he likes being here. So I think it’s been really good.”
With all that has been happening in the past with “bad Blood” in the locker rooms, Coach Philbin was pleased to report how the team seemed to be getting along with Cameron.
“He feels comfortable I think." Philbin said. "I think he’s developing a good rapport with Ryan (Tannehill) and the other guys and he’s good in the tight end room. He has a good rapport with his coach Dan Campbell, so all of those things.”
Cameron seems to echo the coach's sentiment and is looking to do whatever he can to be productive and help the team win.
“Right now,” he said, “Whatever we can do to help this team; get open, block, do what we’ve got to do. We have a very good unit. All of us work well together. We’ll find our niche. It’s a matter of timing and working on the chemistry now.”
So as the Dolphins head towards the teams first Preseason game on August 13th in Chicago with the Bears, all eyes will be focused on all the new talent that has been added to the rosters. But keep an eye on Jordan Cameron. He’s poised to be something special, and I think he’ll make good on that confidence.
This story was written by Peter Thorpe. Follow him on Twitter: @PeterThorpePM
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