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Weeden-Cameron make dynamic duo

Posted Aug 15, 2013

The developing chemistry between quarterback Brandon Weeden and Jordan Cameron resulted in two touchdowns for the Cleveland Browns’ first-team offense in a preseason win over the Detroit Lions.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden never had a tight end to throw to in college, but he has quickly learned to use one at the professional level.

In Thursday’s 24-6 preseason win over the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium, Weeden completed three passes to tight end Jordan Cameron, and two of those connections resulted in touchdowns.

“Brandon put the ball in great spots, and I can’t take much credit. He put it in the right spot,” Cameron said. “(Offensive coordinator) Norv (Turner) called a play. He knows what he’s doing, and he’s a great play-caller. Brandon put it in the spot where only I could get it. It was a great read and a great throw.”

“He had some great catches down there, some tough catches, and I know he has that in him,” Weeden added. “He has a ton of ability. I’m excited to see him play as well as he did tonight, and hopefully, we keep that rolling. He’s going to be a huge asset for this offense.”

On Cameron’s first touchdown reception, the Browns took a 10-0 lead over the Lions with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter.

On second-and-goal from Detroit’s 10-yard line, Weeden dropped back and found Cameron open on the seam route. The former basketball player caught the ball in traffic and landed in bounds before rolling out of the back of the end zone.

“Those guys hooked up on a couple really nice plays tonight,” coach Rob Chudzinski said. “Jordan really showed a lot of his athleticism going up because those were spectacular catches, outstanding catches. Those are the things that you’d like to see him continue to improve and grow.”

Cameron’s second touchdown reception of the game put the Browns in front of the Lions, 17-0, with 12:35 remaining in the first half. Cameron ran to a soft spot in Detroit’s goal-line defense and hauled in the five-yard score.

Earlier in the drive, which started after a holding penalty negated Travis Benjamin’s 84-yard punt-return touchdown, Cameron hauled in a 27-yard pass from Weeden that moved the Browns from their own 31-yard line to Detroit’s 42.

“He is such a big target that he can just jump out of the stadium,” Weeden said. “You just throw it up high and let him go up and get it. Those two were good catches, but I think the best catch he made was on the deep crossing route. That was ‘wow.’ I knew I was going to get it over the DB, but that was a heck of a catch by him. He had a big night for us, and I’m excited to see that for Jordan.”

Although he caught two touchdowns, and helped stake the Browns out to a 17-0 lead over the Lions, Cameron feels the players are only beginning to scratch the surface of how good an offensive unit they can be.

“We’ve been progressing as an offense the last six months through OTAs and camp,” Cameron said. “It’s just a matter of getting better every day. I think we’ve been doing a good job of that. We’re doing (well), but we’ve got a lot of room for improvement. We’re not anywhere where we need to be, and we’ve just got to keep getting better.”

RICHARDSON RUNS WELL

Browns running back Trent Richardson played in his first preseason game Thursday, and did not disappoint.

Despite taking a shoulder-high hit from Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh early in the first quarter, Richardson tied with Dion Lewis for a game-high 33 yards on six carries. Richardson had a long run of 17 yards in the victory.

“I feel real good, especially being out there with my team,” Richardson said at halftime. “The offense, defense and special teams, everybody is out there doing big things. I’m happy to be out here in front of Cleveland Nation and Browns Nation. It’s been so long being out here in Cleveland.”

GORDON FLASHES

Two plays before Cameron’s first touchdown, Weeden had another big throw, as he found second-year wide receiver Josh Gordon for a 34-yard reception. Gordon ran a go-pattern down the left sideline and, despite being interfered with by cornerback Ron Bartell, caught the ball against his body with his right hand after the pass ricocheted off his left.

INJURY UPDATES

In his postgame press conference, Chudzinski provided updates on several Browns who were injured in the win.

Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo suffered a bruised lung, and was kept in the hospital overnight for observation. Tight end Gary Barnidge (sprained shoulder), Lewis (fractured fibula), kicker Brandon Bogotay (groin) and offensive lineman Jason Pinkston (right ankle sprain) will be evaluated further on Friday morning.

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