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Could Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron See Work as a Wide Receiver on Sunday?
While analysts and fantasy football fans are waiting for Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron to make an impact at the tight end position, a lack of depth at the wide receiver spot could force him to line up in wide receiver roles this Sunday against Miami.
For the Cleveland Browns, they have long-since been relying on Supplemental Draft pick Josh Gordon to carry the bulk of the workload this season. Unfortunately, a two-game suspension will keep him out of action against the Dolphins and division-rival, Baltimore Ravens. The loss leaves the Browns without a tall, dynamic threat down the field capable of taking advantages of mismatches. While Greg Little is a solid No. 2 option, the likes of slot receivers like Davone Bess and Josh Cooper will instill no fear in cornerbacks of the caliber of Brent Grimes and former Brown, Dimitri Patterson.
With Travis Benjamin expected to fill that role, his size presents an immediate disadvantage, as the taller cornerbacks will be able to use their reach to compensate for his speed. For this reason, Cameron could find himself lined up on the hashmarks more often than normal. With the Browns speedy slot receivers wreaking havoc in the middle of the field, it frees the tight end up to make the move outside.
His 6’5″ and 245-pound frame have had Browns fans salivating at his potential since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Lining Cameron up against the 5’10” starting cornerbacks of the Miami Dolphins creates a dream-like scenario for offensive coordinator, Norv Turner. Not only does Cameron have the intangibles and measurables to take advantage of the Dolphins’ secondary, but as a former basketball player, he is arguably one of the best athletes on the field with a great vertical.
At USC, he was no stranger to the wide receiver position, having played there in both 2008 and 2009 in spot-duty. While he received few targets, he was coached up at the position and could likely adapt to the routes in Turner’s offense very quickly. All three options after Little, which includes Bess, Benjamin and Cooper, are all 5’10” in height. With the more experienced and talented corners in Miami, it will make for a tough day for the Browns offense if they don’t take advantage of Cameron’s height and skill-set.
With Cameron outside, it clears the way for the more underrated tight end of the group, Gary Barnidge, to work out of the traditional tight end set. Barnidge is a pure tight end in every sense of the definition. Barnidge is a strong, big bodied blocker that can move the chains and bring in the tough catches for first downs. The versatility that the duo brings to the position is something that Cleveland hasn’t seen since 2007, when the pass catching of Kellen Winslow and the blocking of Steve Heiden were on full display in the best season of the Browns expansion era.
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