Fox Footy’s David King believes Jeremy Cameron is “clearly” the best player in the competition, and warns Richmond faces a tough task stopping the star Cat.
Cameron hasn’t missed a match in 2022, sitting second in the Coleman Medal race with 39 goals while averaging more than 15 disposals a game.
According to Champion Data statistics, Cameron is ranked first in the competition for both field kicking and score engagements this year.
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He is also the best kick in the competition, sitting at 13% above the AFL average.
Describing Cameron as a “six-foot-five Dustin Martin”, King said the milestone man was the “most difficult match up in AFL footy”.
“I think he is clearly the best player in the game right now,” he said on AFL360.
“He’s going to take us to places we don’t want to go.
“We talk a lot about men that go forward. This is a forward that goes in the midfield – it’s the reverse.
“He glides across the ground. His coasting speed holds and maintains a gap on his opponent.”
Cameron will play his 200th AFL game when he runs out against the Tigers on Saturday night.
And while King said there were areas of Cameron’s game lacking, like contested marking, he easily made up for it with his foot skills.
“He’s not a great contested marker, but the fact he’s always back at the coalface opens up opportunities for him,” King praised.
“Particularly as that midfield roaming type, that roaming high half forward type, for a six foot fiver it’s quite remarkable.
“He’s the number one score involvement player in the competition from round 2 onwards”. Round 1 he got injured – he had two goals in the first 20 minutes that day.
“I just think we have to start appreciating what this guy does.”
Cameron has taken 40 marks inside 50 already this season, and sits second to only Melbourne’s Bayley Fritsch for players hitting the scoreboard from targeted entries inside 50.
“I think he’s the biggest challenge in this game on Saturday afternoon,” King said.
“He is the complete package.
“Good luck matching up on him, and good luck stopping him.”
Even Cameron’s coach Chris Scott was full of praise for his star forward.
“When he first arrived … it wasn’t even the full-blown training, it was just the mucking around with the ball pre-training that made my eyes pop out of my head,” Scott recalled.
“If I was standing the mark 49 meters out on the boundary and the guy with the ball turned his body to kick a snap, I would have laughed at him.
“But no one laughs at Jez.”
According to statistics, Cameron has his highest inside 50 count against the Tigers.
Richmond also sits fifth on Cameron’s list of opponents he averages the most disposals against.
Cameron arrived at the Cats at the end of 2020, with Geelong coughing up three first round draft picks to secure the key forward.