INDIANAPOLIS— Where Cameron Wake lines up on Sunday afternoon isn’t something the Colts will have to prepare for this week.
The Dolphins left defensive end will be opposite Colts right tackle
“That’s one thing knowing where he is, it’s a different thing getting him blocked,” Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano said on Wednesday. “He’s very, very athletic, very powerful. He has a nice tool box full of rushes.”
“He beats you with his speed then he goes speed to power. Get your tackle set and soft thinking, (Wake's) going to burn you on the edge then just turn right into you and drop you right into the lap of the quarterback."
At the 6’3” and 258 pounds, Wake has quietly become one of the game’s elite pass rushers.
Wake finished fourth in the NFL last year with 15.0 sacks and since 2009 he has 43.0 sacks.
Colts offensive guard
“He’s dynamic and that’s why he’s special,” Thomas says of Wake. “He’s got speed to beat you around the edges, he’s strong enough to run through you and he has a good motor.”
The story of this elite pass rusher is something similar to the career path of one current and a few former Colts.
Wake went undrafted out of Penn State in 2005 was wavied by the New York Giants before the start of that year’s training camp.
After two years in the business world, Wake went north of the border to rejuvenate his football career.
From 2007-2008, Wake piled up 39 sacks in the Canadian Football League and was the league’s Defensive Player of the year both seasons.
The Dolphins came calling in 2009 and Wake now has started 47 games over the last three seasons.
“(Wake) is so good that you do have to be aware of where he is,” Luck said. “You obviously don’t want to have a running back trying to block him one-on-one in pass protection.”
On Sunday, it will be the Colts new right tackle in Cherilus with the task of blocking Wake.
With Wake opposing the Colts this weekend, it’s the start of a tough stretch for the offensive line in facing some of the league’s elite pass rushers.
“It’s the NFL, every Sunday expect to face some of the best athletes in the world,” Cherilus says. “He’s one of the best pass rushers in the league so I’m excited.”