AFC North: Browns High on Jordan Cameron; Dick LeBeau's last Season?

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Dec 16, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (84) during a game against the Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Washington won 38-21. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Cleveland Browns are hoping to breakthrough in 2013 and finally climb out of the AFC North cellar. With new offensive coordinator Norv Turner and a young group of talented skill players, the offense may finally have enough firepower to go up against the stout defenses of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens.

However, they’ll need someone to fill in for Josh Gordon while he sits out the first two games of the season due to a suspension. According to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain DealerTravis Benjamin “will probably start” in Gordon’s spot early, joining Greg Little on the outside while the newly-acquired Davone Bess lines up in the slot.

There’s certainly some talent on the Browns’ roster, but the biggest wildcard in how it all comes together could be tight end Jordan Cameron. The 6-foot-5, 254-pounder has registered just 26 catches in 22 career games, but the Browns believe he’s poised for a breakout in 2013.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden was particularly high on Cameron:

Jordan is one of the most athletic big guys I’ve ever been around in any sport. He’s extremely talented. He’s still learning the game essentially; he’s a basketball player that has all of the athletic ability in the world and has great hands, great route runner. He creates mismatches; that’s what I tell people. You put a corner or you put a safety on Jordan, it’s a mismatch and that’s what we like to do offensively. I’m excited for Jordan. He’s going to be a great player for us. This offense [under Norv Turner] fits him extremely well, obviously seeing what they did with Antonio Gates in San Diego. It’s got to be exciting for him and I know it’s exciting for me to throw it to a guy like that because he has big-play capability and I’m excited to see what kind of year he has.

Another thing Cameron has going for him is new head coach Rob Chudzinski, who has worked with Pro Bowlers Kellen Winslow, Antonio Gates and Greg Olsen, and they’ve all had career years under Chud.

Current Browns tight ends coach Jon Embree has also worked with Tony Gonzalez, Chris Cooley and Fred Davis, so if they’re high on Cameron, then he’ll definitely be worth watching this season.

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