The second-oldest player on the Miami Dolphins’ roster also is one of the hottest.
Cameron Wake, 34, is a four-time Pro Bowler. But what he is accomplishing through the first nine games of this season may be his most impressive feat John Miller Authentic Jersey during his tenure in Miami. The eight-year veteran is leading the Dolphins with seven sacks, which includes a dominant run of 5.5 sacks in the past three games.
Wake had two important sacks against quarterback Philip Rivers in Sunday’s 31-24 win over the San Diego Chargers.
Cameron Wake posted two sacks of Philip Rivers on Sunday to bring his season total to a team-leading seven. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
“He’s really made it tough on every tackle he’s gone against,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Monday. “The way he’s coming off the ball and how physical he’s playing, it’s been impressive to watch. For a guy that’s been playing as long as he has, he’s playing with great energy. You can see the passion for the game and the passion he has for this team by just the way he plays.”
It wasn’t supposed to look this easy for Wake. Last year he suffered a major Achilles injury that ended his season. Wake, one of the fittest players on the team, was diligent in his rehab and made sure he was ready for the start of the regular season.
It’s not that Dallas viewed him as a 10-sack guy, but Jordan Mills Authentic Jersey he was envisioned as a player who could put consistent pressure on the quarterback and be a quality member of a pass-rush rotation.
“We have nine guys and we wanted to have the eight most productive guys up there,” coach Jason Garrett said of the defensive line rotation. “We’re trying to create competitive situations in practice and competitive situations in the game to earn the right to be one of those eight guys in the game.”
It hasn’t happened with Mayowa. He has two sacks and four quarterback knockdowns for a unit that could use all the help it can get.
The Cowboys entered the Pittsburgh game ranked 15th in sacks (18), 27th in pressures (41) and 29th in knockdowns (29). And they’ve drawn only four holding calls, tied for 31st in the league.
The Cowboys sacked Ben Roethlisberger only once Sunday.
“He’s working hard, but we want to see more production,” Garrett said of Mayowa. “He’s getting better and understanding the techniques we want him to play and at different times he’s done a good job of being productive, but we want him to continue showing up.
“What we do is similar to what he did in Oakland, it’s just a matter of continuing to work hard, showing up and being productive.”
Until he does, he’s going to have a hard time getting on the field.