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Colts looking to neutralize the “game wrecker” in Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Intro: While the Colts won’t have to worry about Cameron Wake moving all over the field on Sunday, the difficult task of blocking the two-time Pro Bowler doesn’t change.



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 Gosder Cherilus on Sunday so the challenge becomes how exactly you block a two-time Pro Bowler in Wake.

“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 Donald Thomas might be opposite where Wake will be lining up on Sunday but his eye can’t help but move towards No. 91 when tape of the Dolphins defense is on.

“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.

Andrew Luck calls Wake a “game wrecker” and he knows after last year’s match-up where Wake sacked and forced a fumble of the Colts signal caller.

“(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.”

 

 


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