Wake Cracks NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2013

Posted May 2, 2013

Dolphins two-time Pro Bowl defensive end lands at No. 89.

Setting a career-high for sacks with 15 warranted a spot on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players for Miami Dolphins two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake.

Wake was voted the 89th best player of 2013 by his peers following a stellar 2012 campaign that earned him his second starting spot in three years for the AFC in the Pro Bowl. He also finished with 53 tackles (38 solo), three forced fumbles and one pass breakup and finished the season strong after going without a sack through the first three games.

Back in 2010, Wake’s 14 sacks got him enough votes to finish at No. 63 on the inaugural list, two spots behind his then teammate, wide receiver Brandon Marshall (No. 61), now with the Chicago Bears. Former Dolphins left tackle Jake Long, now with the St. Louis Rams, was the highest of the 13 NFL offensive linemen on the list at No. 28 and was the team’s lone representative last year at No. 59.

“I’d be hard pressed to find a guy that makes more of an impact in the game than Cam does, both as a pass rusher (and) he’s a darn good run defender as well,” said Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, who coached Wake for the first time. “Teams that try to run the ball at him, he’s strong at the point. He slips blocks. He’s got unbelievable flexibility when you watch him on the tape. If there’s somebody going to try to block him one-on-one, I’d put my money on Cam every day of the week because he’s got such explosiveness.”

Wake has gotten to the quarterback 43 times since making his debut with Miami in 2009, the most by any Dolphins player in his first four seasons. He joined Jason Taylor (also two times, 2000, 2002) as the only players in Dolphins history to have multiple seasons with 14 or more sacks and his 15 tied Adewale Ogunleye (2003) for the sixth highest single-season total.

Opposing coaches and coordinators had a difficult time game planning for Wake because he proved to be equally as effective playing run defense as he was rushing the quarterback. Pro Football Focus credited him with 87 quarterback disruptions while ranking him in the top 10 among all defensive ends as a run stopper.
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