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Browns TE Cameron presents challenge

OWINGS MILLS - The Browns won't have top wide receiver Josh Gordon when they play the Ravens Sunday, but they do have other weapons that could cause issues for Baltimore's pass defense.
Tight end Jordan Cameron is an interesting one.
The Ravens struggled against Broncos tight end Julius Thomas last week. And similar to Thomas, Cameron is a former college basketball player who is now emerging as a dangerous pass-catcher in his third season in the NFL.
Thomas had five catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns against Baltimore last week. Cameron had nine catches for 108 yards and a touchdown during Cleveland's season-opening loss to the Dolphins.
"He's really looked good," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Cameron. "He's emerging as a real threat, and I would expect based on how the tight end played against us last week that that's going to be something that they think they can attack and use."
Cameron, who the Browns took in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft, is 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and is a dynamic athlete for his size.
He was second among tight ends at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2011 in both the 40-yard dash (4.59) and vertical jump (37 inches). He was the top performer among tight ends in the 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle and the 3-cone drill, drills designed primarily to test lateral quickness.
Cameron only had six catches as a rookie in 2011, but he had 20 catches last season and has become an even bigger piece of Cleveland's offense this year.
"[He's] an awesome player," Ravens safety James Ihedigbo said of Cameron. "I've been watching him on tape, and he's a great downfield threat that can get open. ... He's a big-time target for the quarterback, but our job is to limit that."