Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Despite a solid afternoon, Cleveland Browns tight end Jordon Cameron was not happy with Sunday’s opener.
Because the Browns didn’t win.
To Cameron, who caught 9 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins, the final score is more important than the box score.
“I feel really good but unfortunately we couldn’t get the win and that’s the main thing,” Cameron said. “We have to move on from this and learn from the mistakes. We watched the film [Monday] and cleaned up some things.”
The loss let the air out of a balloon of excitement and anticipation built up by fans, media and the organization. Now it;s back to the drawing board with a trip to Baltimore on tap this week.
“You can’t get too down about it because there’s 15 more,” Cameron said. “So we’ll move forward and try to get the Ravens.”
Atoning for “SINs” – The Browns were an atrocious 1-14 on 3rd down Sunday against Miami.
“That’s not good at all. We gotta get better at it,” receiver Davone Bess said. “We hurt ourselves before the play even started.”
One of the reasons why they had so many problems were 3rd and long situations as a result of SINs – an acronym the coaching staff uses for ‘Self Inflicted Negatives’ – namely alignment problems, penalties and plays for a loss.
“A lot of times when you’re backed against the wall you need to be able to execute from assignment and alignment standpoint,” Bess said. “If you don’t do that, you’re killing yourself before the play even starts. So we got to work on some things from [that] standpoint and not kill ourselves before we can go out and even try to execute the play.”
Bess caught 5 passes for 47 yards against his former team Sunday in his Browns debut. He also had an 18-yard catch wiped out because of a SIN – an Oniel Cousins holding penalty that killed a drive.
“We know we’re going to do a better job and we just gotta be able to execute on critical downs,” Bess said. “We all know third downs can be the difference in the game and we just gotta be more later and understand it’s an important down.”
Case Closed – Receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon cleared up their traffic violations in Cleveland Municipal Court Tuesday morning.
According to court records, both players changed their pleas from not guilty to ‘no contest’ and agreed to pay fines and court costs.
Little will pay $472 in fines and court costs after being charged May 28 with parking illegally, driving a vehicle that was not registered and using dealer license plates that were not issued for the vehicle.
Gordon, who was cited on Aug. 13 with driving 98 mph in a 60 mph zone and cited on May 10 with driving 45 mph in a 25 mph zone, will pay $301 in fines and court costs.
Touchdown for Reading – Cameron along with outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard visited with 70 students from Elmwood Elementary School at the Garfield Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Tuesday afternoon as part of the NFL’s ‘Touchdown for Reading’ program.
“It was a lot of fun,” Cameron said. “I think it’s awesome to have an opportunity to do something like this. The reaction of the kids is the best part. Just to see those faces while I’m reading along with them, it was a good day.”
Cameron and Sheard read to the students, fielded questions and, with help from Browns mascot Chomps, assisted them with selecting books to take home from the library.
RELATED – Photo Gallery: Browns and NFL’s Touchdown for Reading program.
Practice Squad Shuffle – The Browns shuffled their practice squad Tuesday morning.
The team signed receiver Arceto Clark, an undrafted rookie who was with Seattle and re-signed RB Dennis Johnson. Johnson was waived Saturday to allow them to elevate receiver Tori Guley to the active 53.
Receiver and Mount Union alum Jasper Collins, who was on the practice squad, was waived.
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