After a lost season in 2014, Miami Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron is looking to get back on track this season. Jordan had a breakout season in 2013, hauling in 80 catches for 917 yards and 7 touchdowns, but a shoulder injury and multiple concussions derailed his 2014 campaign. He managed to suit up for 10 games, but admittedly wasn’t himself, managing just 24 catches and two touchdowns. He did turn those 24 catches into 424 yards, highlighting his downfield ability with an 81 yard touchdown against the Carolina Panthers.
Over the last two seasons, former Dolphins tight end Charles Clay averaged 4 catches for 45 yards per game, and had a knack for coming up with big plays at opportune moments. At 6’-5” and 265 pounds, Cameron is bigger, faster, and a more pure receiver than Clay, bringing that big play ability along with what Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey called a “mismatch ability.” And he doesn’t lack for confidence, succinctly declaring, “I can run. And I can win.” After seeing Cameron snag a few big catches in OTAs on Monday, including a scoring grab, Dolphins fans are excited to see Cameron utilize those skills and confidence in the red zone this season, and return to Pro Bowl form.
Fueling high expectations for Cameron this season is the fact that he’ll play for an established QB for the first time in his career. With Ryan Tannehill at the helm for every game in the past three seasons, stability won’t be an issue in Miami.
"I played with like 15 quarterbacks in four years. I haven't had (stability) really, so I'm looking forward to that."
(Note: In four seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Jordan actually caught passes from eight different quarterbacks. But let’s cut him some slack, I’m sure it felt like 15 different guys.)
Speaking of Tannehill, "He's an up-and-coming guy, very young, working hard," Cameron said. "And that was a big part of my decision (to come to Miami). I'm very excited to be here. It's going to be a good fit."
Bottom line: Coaches, players and fans are all expecting big things from Cameron. Let’s hope he delivers.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball.