This has not been a good summer for the typically sure-handed Jordan Cameron.
Cameron once caught 80 passes in a NFL season, but right now, it feels like he’s left at least that many on the carpet since training camp opened for the Dolphins. The sixth-year veteran is in a slump, writes Adam H. Beasley for the Miami Herald, and it’s manifested itself in the form of the dropsies.
For the second week in a row, Cameron dropped an easy pass in a Dolphins preseason game, this time turning to run before looking the football all the way into his hands on Thursday against the Falcons. The two catches he has made are for just 11 yards, while Beasley notes this has been an issue in practices as well, and from the sound of things, this funk is really starting to get to the tight end.
“I’ve just got to catch the ball,” Cameron said. “My history, I don’t think I’ve been a guy known for dropping the ball. I just have to focus more. The one I had today, I was looking away, trying to make something happen. That’s a basic fundamental. I just have to catch the ball.”
Cameron said he doesn’t think about it, but we’ve all seen how these slumps can hurt an athlete’s confidence. Miami needs the 2013 Pro Bowler to get his head right before the regular season gets underway in a couple of weeks.
Cameron had 35 receptions for 386 yards and three touchdowns last season, and with new coach Adam Gase bringing his efficient offense to town, there’s a chance for the tight end to enjoy production not like what was seen since he was the focal point of the Browns offense. If he can hold on to the ball, that is.