BY NICK ST. DENIS
Cameron Wake looked to then-veteran defensive players Joey Porter and Jason Taylor in finding his way as a new NFLer in 2009.
After recently signing a near-$50 million, four-year contract following a 28-sack campaign over the last three seasons, Wake is now the one being looked up to.
"The torch has been passed," Wake told the Sun-Sentinel.
But while Wake is helping the Dolphins' younger defenders find their stride, the 30 year old is adapting to Miami's switch to a 4-3 base defense, where Wake will primarily position himself at defensive end.
"It's a little different because it's kind of new for all of us in this new defense," he said.
Wake said he's helping his understudies more with technique than particulars of the system.
"It's just the general things," Wake said. "'When the tackle's doing this, what do I do? How do you get out of this move? Show me this move.' Things like that. I remember asking when I first got down here. It's always helpful when you can go out there and teach some of the young guys, and help them help this team."
Wake's breakout numbers his first two years garnered the attention of opposing offenses in 2011, as he faced many more double-teams and saw his stats drop a bit.
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