Miami Dolphins’ Cameron Wake

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Cameron Wake has made a career out of proving people wrong.
?  Too small to play defensive end.
?  Undrafted out of college.
?  Not the same after tearing his Achilles.
?  Simply too old.
Wake, of course, has made all of his doubters look silly. And he did so again in 2016, when Wake made his fifth Pro Bowl on the strength of 11 1/2 sacks just months after having his heel reattached by surgery.
But if you think his career has been fueled by slights, Wake would say youre wrong.
When asked Thursday, on the final day of Dolphins minicamp, if he has much more to prove after last year, Wake responded:
Not really. Im not really looking outside. Im more inside-out. The goals that I have are set inside myself, and I do everything I can to fight for those things. Proving [wrong] people who disbelieve, I couldnt care less.
Not even those Dolphins skeptics in both the media (the Dolphins are viewed by many as a bottom-half team in 2017) or the betting public (their over-under for wins is 7 1/2)?
It means nothing.
Or how about the Dolphins using a first-round pick on Charles Harris, a player they hope will eventually replace you?
It doesnt push me or not push me,Wake said. Im not a guy that uses outside forces to push me. The fire is inside of me. They couldve drafted 10 first-rounders at defensive end and Im gonna still work the same.
Wake added: I worked my butt off like I do every year.
If anything, this offseason has been easier than the one before.
This time last year, Wake was still rehabbing from the ugly Achilles injury that ended his 2015 season.
Its much better,Wake said Thursday. I was still kinda going through rehab at this point last year, trying to get back to a point where I felt like I could play in a game. Obviously thats not the case this year. Just improving the point where I was at the end of last season to tweaking and fine tuning some things and again go out and have a tremendous season and help the team win. Thats my goal.
While Wake insists he brushes off outside criticism, he very much cares what his teammates and coaches think about him.
Heading into the 2016 season, Adam Gase didnt view Wake as a full-time player. He believed the best way to maximize Wakes effectiveness was to limit his snaps.
The plan was to use him only in pass-rushing Nate Chandler Kids Jersey situations, but that proved untenable because, early in the season, the Dolphins rarely forced opponents to throw. Miami kept falling behind in games, allowing opponents to run the ball and keep Wake off the field.
Posted 28 Jun 2017

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