The Miami Dolphins were not impressed with the play of Jordan Cameron in 2015. Thus far through camp and pre-season, Cameron hasn’t been impressive in 2016.
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While with the Cleveland Browns, Jordan Cameron was a top end tight-end who bordered on the line of elite status around the league. Concussions derailed his career with the Browns and he became expendable.
In 2015 the Dolphins believed they found the perfect answer to the position in Cameron. So much so they let former tight-end Charles Clay leave via free agency to join the Bills. Miami didn’t get out of Cameron what they expected in his first season.
A lot of that could be due to Bill Lazor and former head coach Joe Philbin and the way they ran their offense but after both were fired Cameron didn’t fair much better under Dan Campbell, his own former position coach.
Slow forward to 2016 and many believed that Cameron would break out of this rut. The Dolphins asked him to reduce his salary which he did, a little, and the team believed he could rebound under Adam Gase. A former OC who loves to use his tight-ends.
Through three pre-season games and a month of training camp, Cameron isn’t all that impressive. And that is something the Dolphins should be concerned about.
Against Dallas a week ago, Cameron dropped a perfectly thrown touchdown pass. The slant route was run again on Thursday night against Atlanta and Cameron was unable to hold on. In fact, Cameron dropped two other easily catchable balls in the game.
Cameron told reporters that he isn’t worried about the dropped passes but maybe he should be. At some point, Ryan Tannehill will eliminate Cameron from his progressions if he can’t trust the receiver.
While Cameron didn’t post a great game as a pass-catching tight-end he did have a solid block that opened a hold for Arian Foster who was able to score one of the Dolphins touchdowns.
The bigger issue for now is that the overall production of the Dolphins tight-ends are not at the level they need to be. In part because Miami is looking elswhere but through three weeks of pre-season the position is suffering. Dion Sims is almost non-existent as well.
Miami will continue to grow into Adam Gase’s offense and hopefully the tight-ends, especially Cameron, will start being a bigger part of that offense.