Akron Beacon Journal
Jordan Cameron wants to have a breakout season with the Browns as their No. 1 tight end, so a couple of weeks before training camp opened, he met with future hall of famer Tony Gonzalez and absorbed all the advice he could.
“He’s been doing it forever,” Cameron said. “He’s like a legend for the tight ends. Everything he was saying, I was just keeping in my mind and focusing on those things.”
Browns tight ends coach Jon Embree encouraged Cameron to reach out to Gonzalez, a member of the Atlanta Falcons and 13-time Pro Bowler who’s on the verge of entering his 17th NFL season. Embree coached Gonzalez during their days together with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Cameron, a fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft, lives in Manhattan Beach, Calif., during the offseason, so he arranged to meet Gonzalez during the second week of July in nearby Huntington Beach.
Cameron said they spent a couple of hours talking and running routes at Huntington Beach High School, Gonzalez’s alma mater. He tried to soak in all the tips Gonzalez offered.
“There were little things with seam reads and a lot of basic things that people don’t really do, and he does a great job of that,” Cameron said. “He does the details on the routes that really get him open, really separates him from the defenders.
“A lot of young guys rely on athleticism and they think they can get open doing whatever ’cause they’re athletes, so they can run here, run there.
“But he works on the little things, the separation from the defender, coming back to the ball instead of rounding out your routes. So it was funny to see. Whatever he was preaching, he definitely does it on the field.”