Jordan Cameron 2014 Fantasy Outlook
A lot of talk has been made about the drafting of Johnny Manziel over the past month. Arguably just as much chatter has sounded off about star wide receiver Josh Gordon and a pending NFL suspension for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
The big assumption is that Gordon, sitting in stage three of the league’s violation probation, is facing a year-long ban. Such a suspension would then render the Browns’ passing game mediocre and give Manziel no stud options to throw to.
Not so fast.
While Gordon was without a doubt Cleveland’s best and most explosive option in the passing game a year ago, he’s absolutely not the only player that can do damage.
In fact, ESPN Cleveland predicts Cameron will lead the Browns in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdowns in 2014. After great success as one of fantasy football’s best tight ends a year ago, the writing could be on the wall for Cameron to take an even bigger step up.
It only makes sense from a role perspective. Out goes Gordon, and Cameron gets loads more targets. The talent and the way Manziel is used to using big targets combines to solidify some very real hype, as well.
Cameron’s value took a minor hit when offensive coordinator Norv Turner and his tight end-friendly system fled to Minnesota this off-season, but the arrival of a quarterback upgrade and Cleveland’s best offensive player being taken away from the team could shift the power back in favor of Cameron being an elite TE1 for the second season in a row.
After all, offensive system aside, Cameron did just fine as a top option for the Browns while Gordon sat out the first two games of 2013 due to a different suspension. In those two contests, Cameron posted 14 total catches, over 200 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Cameron kept it going the rest of the way, finishing his first season as a full-time starter with 80 receptions, 917 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
The fact that Cameron did most of his damage with a musical chairs situation involving mediocre quarterbacks speaks to his talent, as well.
There is risk here with no Gordon, a new system and a rookie passer, but there is also a ridiculous amount of upside. Cameron should enter 2014 as a high-end TE again and be a realistic threat to match or exceed his 2013 numbers across the board.
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