One of these games
It has been too long since Cameron exploded for that to be expected. His 43-yard performance Sunday against Jacksonville was his most productive in the last four games. And after scoring five touchdowns in the first four games, he has just one in the last nine and none since Oct. 20.
Week 14 foe New England has been middle-of-the-road against opposing tight ends. Cameron, who was once a top five option at his position, is ranked between 13th and 18th by the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers this week. That seems about right.
Cameron is a risky play at this point, though the lack of depth at that position around the NFL still makes him a decent start, especially in deeper leagues.
The run of mediocre performances continued Sunday for
Cameron, who hasn't scored since Week 7, has just 14 receptions for 108 yards in the last four games combined. He will try to make a more substantial contribution next Sunday at New England.
There has been a disturbing symmetry to the drop in production from
Cameron was the talk of the league when he caught 30 passes for 360 yards and five touchdowns in his first four games. He remained playable in his next four with 19 receptions for 236 yards and one score. But he has been a waste in his last three with 10 catches for 65 yards while being kept out of the end zone.
The encouraging news is that Week 13 opponent Jacksonville has poorly defended tight ends this season, especially in the red zone. The Jaguars have surrendered six touchdowns to players at that position, though no more than 77 yards in any game.
Cameron is a risky play at this point. Perhaps a reunion with starter-by-default Brandon Weeden, with whom he started the season hot, will prove beneficial, but Fantasy owners with playoff aspirations might not want to take that chance. It might be wise to explore hotter possibilities until Cameron recaptures his mojo.
A stunning start to the season for
Cameron caught three passes for a measly 32 yards, giving him 10 receptions for 66 yards in the last three games combined. He managed just one catch for 12 yards in the second half. He will attempt to recapture his early-season magic next Sunday against Jacksonville.
"I don't think it's Jason at all," he told The Plain Dealer Friday. "They're jamming you at the line and then there's someone hitting you at the second level, so it's just harder chemistry with the route. The timing is a little off."
Cameron emerged as one of the most productive tight ends in the league through the first half of the season, as he had 45 catches for 515 yards and six touchdowns in the first seven games of the season. He did acknowledge that he and Campbell are still working on getting on the same page so early in their relationship.
"Some chemistry things here and there, but I don't think that's a problem at all," he told The Plain Dealer Friday. "I've just been getting a lot more attention so it's harder to get open. They pay attention to what you're doing. They're hitting you in all areas, and I just think it's the way the defense has been playing.''
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