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Cameron Wake rising, shining for Dolphins

October, 19, 2010
10/19/10
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Nobody can deny outside linebacker Cameron Wake is compiling a Pro Bowl campaign for the Miami Dolphins.

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AP Photo/Mike RoemerThe Dolphins' Cameron Wake has three sacks through six games.
One of Miami's biggest concerns before the season was how it would generate a pass rush without Joey Porter and Jason Taylor. That issue appears to be resolved.

Wake recorded three sacks, including an overtime biggie I selected as my AFC East decisive moment for the week (check back later for that story), to help the Dolphins beat the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

His performance Sunday is the sort that captures league-wide attention and thrusts a player into Pro Bowl conversations. Deion Sanders was banging Wake's drum Monday on the NFL Network.

Wake has six sacks this year, tying him for fourth in the NFL, 2.5 behind league leader Clay Matthews. Wake also has eight tackles for losses and 13 quarterback hits -- both team-highs. He has Miami's only forced fumble and three passes defensed.

Looks like Wake finally has arrived after several years of relative anonymity. He wasn't drafted out of Penn State, was cut by the New York Giants before he could make it to camp, shuffled mortgage papers and worked as a personal trainer and then caught the attention of NFL scouts with two stupendous seasons in the Canadian Football League.

That's why he's in just his second NFL season and a first-time starter for the Dolphins at almost 29 years old.

Porter created a fuss last winter, publicly ridiculing the Dolphins' coaching staff and front office for taking him off the field in favor of Wake in certain situations. The rants eventually got Porter released.

But Porter was wrong. Wake was on the make.

Football Outsiders managing editor Bill Barnwell noted Wake had nine quarterback hurries last year, tying him with Larry English and Ahmad Brooks for the league lead among linebackers with five starts or fewer.

Wake's sack total so far this year, by the way, is two more than Taylor (three) and Porter (one) combined.

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