(Note: This continues a series in Daily Dolphin spotlighting members of the team individually. In addition to reliving highlights and lowlights of the past season for each, we’ll provide analysis and criticism, plus take a look at how each player fits — or doesn’t fit — into the team’s plans for 2017.)
DE Cameron Wake
Height, weight: 6-3, 263
College: Penn State
Experience: Entering ninth season, all with Dolphins
Acquired: Signed as free agent in January 2009
Contract: Recently re-signed to a two-year, $16.1 million contract
Pro Football Focus rank: 10th of 109 overall, fifth-rated pass rusher, 73rd against the run
NFL Network rank: 62nd on list of Top 100 players in the league, according to poll of players
Stats: 16 games, 11 starts, 29 tackles, 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles
Notable moments: Recorded first career interception vs. the Jets. Became first Dolphins lineman to have a forced fumble and interception in the same game since Jason Taylor did it twice in 2006. … In second meeting with Jets had four tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.
Straight talk: We could point out that after eight seasons with the Dolphins, Wake actually has more sacks than Hall of Famer Jason Taylor did.
On the flip side, we could point out that after his eighth season, Taylor still had seven more to go. For Wake to do that, he’d be snapping on a helmet at age 42.
Yes, we could go on and on comparing stats and what-ifs, but that would be contrary to everything Wake is. Speculating on what will be is as useless in his mind as fretting over what was. How many…
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