Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake still on rise? After 2016, don’t bet against it – Miami Dolphins News

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake still on rise? After 2016, don’t bet against it – Miami Dolphins News

Cameron Wake. (Getty Images)

(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

Age: 35

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

In 2016

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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