The Houston Texans are clearly in the market for a tight end. And with the upcoming NFL Draft containing a very poor tight end class, it makes sense that the Texans’ front office would look to free agency in order to fill that void.
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Denver Broncos’ tight end Julius Thomas has been getting all the buzz as the best tight who could be available when the free agency market opens on March 10th. But the Texans might actually get more bang for their buck pursuing the Cleveland Browns’ tight end Jordan Cameron instead.
In 2013, Cameron had a breakout season with 80 receptions, 917 yards, and seven touchdowns. And that was within the Browns’ poor offense led in part by a former first round draft bust, quarterback Brandon Weeden.
But Cameron’s growth was stunted last season due to injuries (shoulder, concussion) and he ended up missing six total games. The 26-year old was still able to record 24 catches for 494 yards and two scores. And that’s more receptions, yards and touchdowns than any of the Texans’ tight ends had last season.
Cameron is going into his fifth season in the NFL after being a fourth round draft pick out of USC back in 2011. His one year of noteworthy production combined with his injury history should make him a rather inexpensive acquisition in free agency who has a high-potential ceiling.
The veteran tight end would certainly be an upgrade for the Texans at the position and give Houston’s starting quarterback, whomever that will be in September, another set of reliable hands.
Although his concussion history is concerning, three in the last three years, Cameron’s upside and relatively inexpensive price tag could make him a risk worth taking a chance on by the Texans next month.