Jordan Cameron Returns to Practice But OUT Sunday


(Update: Shortly after posting this article came reports that Jordan Cameron would not be returning to the field this Sunday. A surprising development given the concussion protocol process. So save this excitement for next week hopefully:

Fun hoping while it lasted. Still happy to get Gordon back this week.)

The Cleveland Browns know they are getting Josh Gordon back this weekend but now comes a report that Jordan Cameron returned to practice today:

He is right that is big news. Brian Hoyer loves to look to his tight ends and Cameron creates so many mismatch issues for defenses that his return could be a game changer.

Hoyer has been without Cameron for most of the season due to injuries. His three weeks out, for the concussion he suffered against the Oakland Raiders, should also help heal up any other lingering issues.

Even after missing so many games Cameron still has the 5th most catches on the team with 13. He has been targeted 31 times, tied for 4th on the team, all in only parts of 6 games this season. His return will give Hoyer another weapon he feels comfortable with and give defenses difficult decisions to make at the line of scrimmage.

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If Cameron is able to play, that he is cleared to practice means he is highly likely to play based on the concussion protocol, the Browns will be able to deploy their full arsenal at the skill position spots. Last week Andrew Hawkins, Miles Austin and Jim Dray led the way. Now Gordon and Hawkins will sit atop the receivers depth chart with Cameron as the starting tight end. That quickly gives the Browns a Top 10 to 15 level set of pass catchers.

The Browns are 14th overall in passing yards before Gordon and Cameron’s return. The Atlanta Falcons are ranked last against the pass. While the Browns are still likely to be a run first team, the Falcons are only 24th against the run as well, they now have a chance to compete at a high level in the passing game. A ton of pressure sits on Brian Hoyer’s shoulders to perform now. No excuses available.

How big of deal is Jordan Cameron’s possible return this weekend?