BEREA — Pat Shurmur is not surprised the way rookie tight end Jordan Cameron has shown how he can make plays early in training camp.
“He’s done a really fine job,” Shurmur said. “I wouldn’t say he’s a pleasant surprise, we kind of expected that from him. We’re glad to see that he has some playmaking ability.”
The Browns selected Cameron, who was the backup tight end at USC, in the fourth round of this year’s draft. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Cameron played basketball at Brigham Young before transferring to USC to play football. The Browns envision pairing Cameron with Evan Moore, who is also 6-6, to create mismatches, particularly in the red zone.
With Ben Watson suffering a concussion on the first day of camp and Moore not able to practice until Aug. 4, Cameron has been able to show his wares. He caught a touchdown pass Tuesday from Seneca Wallace in goal line situation as he leaped over a defensive back to haul in the pass.
“It’s terrific for young guy with fresh legs to get a lot of reps,” Shurmur said. “It’s a huge benefit. That’s why you start to see him show up because he’s in there more.”
Cameron feels he’s gaining invaluable information as he takes reps.
“I definitely need it,” he said. “Like I said, with a lack of experience at the position, this is really helpful to me and these opportunities are great. I am taking advantage of them so far. I’ve got to keep it going.”
He also feels he’s not been overwhelmed.
“So far, it’s been good, a lot of learning,” Cameron said. “I haven’t been in football, especially the tight end position for too long so there has been a lot of coaching up. It’s been good playing against these guys. I have the best competition in the world, so you are getting a lot better every day.”
When Watson and Moore return to join Alex Smith and Cameron, the Browns would appear to have one of the most formidable tight end corps in the NFL.
“I think it’s good,” Cameron said. “It’s competition. You have got to compete every day. You have got to get better. These guys are older and they know what they are doing. It’s definitely helpful for me to be under them and coach me up every day. Teaching me how to be a pro is really what they are doing.”