Friday, July 29, 2016

Jordan Cameron's Value Set to Skyrocket


    There is nothing to like about a 35 reception, 385 yard, 3 touchdown performance in 2015.  Jordan Cameron and the Dolphins disliked those numbers enough to shave a reported 1.5 million dollars off of his 2016 contract.  But what if there was reason to believe that those numbers were about to improve dramatically?

     In 2012, Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreesen were the two primary tight ends for newly anointed OC Adam Gase's Denver offense.  They posted a combined stat line of 97 receptions, 1099 yards, and 7 touchdowns.  The following year, Julius Thomas was added to the group and results for the Denver TE group predictably improved to 101/1064/14.

    Of course, these numbers were largely posted by Peyton Manning.  It is therefore instructive to take a look at what Gase did with Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears offense in 2015.  The Bears TE tandem of Martellus Bennet and Zach Miller posted an 87/878/8 line.

    All of this bodes well for Cameron, who should get the lion's share of Miami's tight end production this year.  A line of 60/650/5 seems reasonable, which would make Cameron a steal for fantasy owners and, more importantly, something like the offensive contributor Miami was hoping for when Cameron was signed prior to last season.  It seems feasible that Cameron can literally double his production in the upcoming season.  If he does so, opposing Defensive Coordinators will have fewer bodies to commit to the pass rush and to containing Jarvis Landry.  Such an increase in production would also go a long way to helping the Dolphins offense embody Gase's philosophy of keeping down and distance manageable and sustaining long, productive drives.

    I hope you have a nose for the football, Mr Cameron.  The opportunities in this system are going to be present.

Jay Lopez
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Nice job, great read.

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RT throws the deep seam route really well.

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Thanks Maurice. Yes- I think it might be his best ball. He's also good at trusting receivers to go get it, as he showed with Parker at the end of last season. This staff will let him read linebackers and safeties and attack, so I think we'll get to see RT at his best.

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Good post Jay.

Other than Landry, who posted great numbers anyway, everyone else should have increased production in Gase's offense. But Cameron will see his lion's share of passes as long as he stays healthy.

You make a good point about the TE in Gase's offense. I have to wonder if you are Cameron's agent.

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Good post Jay.

Other than Landry, who posted great numbers anyway, everyone else should have increased production in Gase's offense. But Cameron will see his lion's share of passes as long as he stays healthy.

You make a good point about the TE in Gase's offense. I have to wonder if you are Cameron's agent.

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Thanks Carl! Hahaha... It's funny you say that- I was thinking along those lines. Maybe I'm watching too much "Ballers." I agree about everyone's production being likely to increase with the offense getting more multi-dimensional. Excited about the year...