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    Cameron caught only 50 percent of the 70 passes thrown to him. Among 51 qualifying tight ends, only Jacksonville’s Marcedes Lewis caught a lower percentage (43 percent).

    Most good tight ends catch more than 60 percent of their targets, some more than 70 percent, including league leader Brent Celek (77 percent). Gronkowski was at 60 percent and Sims was at 72 percent, though Sims was thrown only 25 passes. In Cameron’s defense, some of his targets were deep throws.

    Cameron’s low completion percentage, in the eyes of coaches, was partly a byproduct of erratic throws but also the result of Cameron’s inability to come down with enough contested balls despite his 6-5 frame.

    “Contested passes — that’s something Jordan specifically is really working on,” tight ends coach Shane Day said.

    So can the Dolphins ever expect the type of production from Cameron that he gave the Browns?

    “I don’t want to predict anything,” Gase said Tuesday. “I feel like what’s going on with him right now is that there’s a little bit of a learning curve for him. We went through some struggles there in the spring and a little bit at the beginning of camp. The thing about the tight end position is that there’s a lot of responsibility you have. It’s just a lot on his plate. I went through the same growing pains with Julius Thomas. It wasn’t like that thing happened overnight.”

    With Sims, Gase made clear in March that “potential has been used a lot with Dion. I told him this is probably the year we get this thing rolling.”

    Day said Sims is “learning to use more of his size along with his speed, use more of his length to his advantage.”

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