Assessing the Cleveland Browns roster as we head to training camp, with a position-by-position rundown comparing it to when the season ended and now.
Now: Cameron, Barnidge, Dray.
The position was strong a year ago, and it’s stronger now that Cameron has emerged and Barnidge and Dray are there for depth. This might in fact be one of the strongest positions on the team. Cameron is an emerging star coming off a Pro Bowl season. There are many hopes for Cameron’s future; as he grows into the position and plays more he should only get better. Signing him prior to the start of 2015 free agency has to be a priority -- though the Browns always have the franchise tag in their back pocket. Barnidge and Dray provide quality depth. When teams write down depth charts on the board, they hope they all look the way the Browns' tight end depth chart looks.
The positives: Many, as detailed already.
The negatives: If Josh Gordon is suspended the fallout could be significant for Cameron. Teams have to respect Gordon with double teams, which opens up the middle of the field for Cameron. Without Gordon, Cameron would face many more double teams.
Upgraded, level or downgraded: Upgraded, given Cameron is a year more experienced and Dray should be a guy who can fill a situational role.
Coming: Offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, secondary, coaching staff, front office.