A six pack of notes on a Wednesday night:
### Don’t mention to Jordan Cameron the fact that he’s had three concussions in three years.
In an interesting interview with the Finsider’s Greg Likens, the new Dolphins tight end said today: “It’s annoying to hear all this concussion talk. I’m tired of hearing that stuff. I just want to get back to that form of two years ago.”
Cameron said: “I’m trying to get to the Pro Bowl this year. That’s my goal. I wrote it down.”
Cameron, who made the Pro Bowl in 2013 with Cleveland, said his transition to Miami “has been smooth. Learning a lot, jelling with the quarterbacks. I was in a similar system two years ago. It’s something I thrive in. A lot of stuff [where they] throw the ball to the tight end. You’ve got to be able to run and get some separation. That’s what I do best. It tailors to my game.”
### Cameron said offensive coordinator Bill Lazor “demands the most out of us. He humbles you a little bit, which everybody needs. We’re trying to be the best.” Cameron said tight ends coach Dan Campbell “knows the little things. He’s played and that helps.”
He said he has played with 15 quarterbacks in four seasons in Cleveland and is “looking forward” to stability at the position.
He said Ryan Tannehill: is “a guy who’s in here first, putting the time in…. It’s a work in progress as we get to know each other more. Looking forward to the next few weeks as we get our chemistry down…. If the ball is in the air, make the play. That’s my mindset. But it helps to have trust. The main thing we’re working on now is the timing and the trust factor.”
Last word from Cameron, to Likens: “I get the feeling we’re on the brink and we just need something to push us over.”
### Couple more observations from Tuesday’s OTA session, the first of 10 but one of only three open to the media: Yes, it’s awfully early. But Josh Freeman, who bounced a pass to a receiver, showed little to suggest he will give Miami much reason to keep him…Christion Jones, Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry all got work on returns…
Derrick Shelby dominated backup offensive linemen on passing plays, with Terrence Fede working as the other defensive end on the second team… Caleb Sturgis went 1 for 2 from 41 yards… Tim Semisch, the 6-8 tight end from Northern Illinois, made a nifty diving catch along the sideline.... Good to see former Hurricanes receiver LaRon Byrd make some plays.
### Wisconsin small forward Sam Dekker worked out for the Heat today, according to someone with direct knowledge, and is certainly a possibility for the Heat’s pick at No. 10. Dekker, 6-9, averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds last season, shooting just 33 percent on three pointers but 52.5 percent overall.
The Heat is working out more than a dozen draft prospects this week. UNLV shooting guard Rashad Vaughn, who shot 38.2 percent on three-pointers last season, was especially impressive among those who worked out for Miami on Tuesday, according to someone in attendance.
### Coincidentally, the UM football and UM basketball team each has the nation’s 28th shortest odds of winning a national championship next season, according to Bovada.com. UM football is 75 to 1. UM basketball is 66 to 1.
Brad Kaaya has the 22nd shortest odds to win the Heisman at 40-1, tied with FSU running back Dalvin Cook, among others.
### Hurricanes baseball coach Jim Morris said he will probably stick with Bryan Garcia as his closer, in the wake of Garcia blowing two consecutive saves…. Torin Dorn, a 6-5 guard who is transferring from the University of Charlotte, will visit UM next week, according to scout.com. He will visit North Carolina State this weekend, according to ESPN, and also reportedly is considering UF and Texas. As a freshman last season, he averaged 12.0 points, shooting 50.5 percent overall and 34.2 percent on threes.
### Broadcast notes: In a somewhat underwhelming choice, HBO and the NFL picked the Houston Texans as the focus of this year’s Hard Knocks. The Bills reportedly were among teams that said they weren’t interested… Yahoo! reported that Jeff Van Gundy interviewed for the New Orleans Pelicans head coaching job in San Francisco on Tuesday before working tonight’s Western Conference Finals for ESPN.
Van Gundy’s employer, ESPN, previously reported that Van Gundy had expressed interest in the Pelicans job. Van Gundy would be a big loss for ESPN, but his return to coaching was always considered likely at some point. Warriors assistant and former Heat coach Alvin Gentry is also reportedly in the mix for the New Orleans job.