Monday, October 1, 2012

Wake's productivity finally translating to stat sheet


Cameron Wake was having a quietly productive start to the season through three weeks, as the Miami Dolphins defensive end was highly disruptive to opposing offensive linemen but had yet to record a sack.

Wake finally found himself on the stat sheet Sunday, and in a big way. The 30-year-old converted outside linebacker recorded four and a half sacks in Miami's 24-21 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Wake, who signed a four-year contract extension during the offseason, is Pro Football Focus' highest-rated 4-3 defensive end. PFF tweeted Monday that he's the best "pure pass rusher" in the NFL, having recorded nine quarterback hits and 20 pressures.

“That guy’s been giving us exceptional effort every single snap,” coach Joe Philbin said, according to the Miami Herald.

The former CFL standout and fourth-year NFLer, however, isn't as concerned about the numbers next to his name as he is the numbers next to his team's name. And right now, those numbers are 1-3.

“You could trade every sack I’ll get for the rest of the week, this week, next week and the week after that if we get a W,” Wake told the Miami Herald. “I don’t care about that. I don’t even know how many I had. I don’t care about sacks. I care about wins. We didn’t win, so obviously it wasn’t enough.”

Wake gets the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive line, which has have given up 12 sacks and 17 quarterback hits, next week.

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