Wake: It's Good To Get The Whole Unit Out There

Posted Jul 23, 2013

Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive end Cam Wake meets with the media following the team's first day in full pads of training camp. Watch for Wake's comments on Dion Jordan, Olivier Vernon and the way the 2013 defense is coming together.

(On how the young guys feel about the weather) – “I was telling some of the young guys the other days you guys got a little treat, this is more like what we’re used to here.”

(On what are some of the unwritten rules about not wanting to hurt a teammate in practice) – “Well, you know it’s a fine line. Right now we’re at odds with each other. The offense, in our mindset that’s the other team, even though we are one unit and come Sundays we’re going to be on the same sideline but, for now we’re going after each other, trying to make it hard. Of course we don’t want anybody hurt, stay off the ground, we’re not talking backs to the ground either, but you know you want to put a good thought on him and let him know your there, and get in good football position. Practice as much as you can without taking it to the next level without getting anybody injured or hurt.”

(On having no fights today) – “We might have to do something about that (laughing).”

(On what he thinks about Olivier Vernon) - “He’s one of the guys I was talking to some of the guys earlier, he’s probably one of the most improved guys on the team. I spent a little time with him in the offseason. He’s a guy who’s hungry and from the day he got here, you knew he was one of those guys with that mindset, being a small defensive end like me and some of the other guys on the team, you can’t go in there timid. It’s not for the meek and mild. You have to go in there, throw your body in there, doesn’t matter if he’s 6’8 and 400 pounds, you have to go after him and tackle him. It’s that pit bull mentality. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog. So he’s that kind of guy.”

(On if he’s glad he didn’t have to wait too long until Dion was in pads and playing) – “Yes, you always want your full team, your full unit, you want everybody to start working with each other, being able to get that familiarity between, this is what this guy does, this is his strengths, his weaknesses. So it’s good to get the whole unit out there and make sure it’s a good season.”

(On if his mentality on “OV” Olivier Vernon development) – “We were just talking about that with one of the guys, he has the mentality that you’d want for an outside linebacker/ D-end; that 250 pound kind of guy, you have to go in there and throw your body in there, you have to be that kind of pit bull, you can’t say oh he’s a bigger guy than me, I’m just going to play hand fight you’ve got to throw your body in there and take that fight to that guy. From the day he got here that’s the way he’s been, and he’s been improving ever since.”

(On how much he’s helped Olivier Vernon improve his mentality) - “He came here with a lot of that, and I don’t want to toot my horn too much but, I like to think that I’m a guy that he can learn some things from and take some pieces of my game and incorporate his own style too. He brought a lot already when he signed up here, but that guys is a hell of a player and I know he’s only going to get better.”

(On if he thinks the tenacity is because he came from the University of Miami) – “Oh, I’m not even going to get there, Penn State all the way baby (laughing).”

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