Miami Dolphins Preview: DE Cameron Wake

Cameron Wake had a fantastic 2014 and made the NFL Top 100 list. How will he fare in 2015?

In 2014, Cameron Wake put up another monster season. Despite often being the target of double teams from opposing offensive lines, the defensive end totaled 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three defended passes, and 31 total tackles. He was clearly the team’s most valuable defender, and started all sixteen games without injury.

As a result, he was named the 39th best player on the NFL’s Top 100 list for 2015. It was the second straight year he was named to the list by his peers.

What is scary is that Cameron Wake may be in for an even bigger year in 2015. He will surely benefit from newly acquired defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was voted the 24th best player in 2015 on the NFL Top 100 list. Suh is almost always double teamed, which should free up Cameron Wake on the outside. Add in Olivier Vernon on the other side (who had 6.5 sacks of his own last season), and Wake should be facing one-on-one coverage a lot next year. That should boost his sacks total.

Best 2014 NFL performance

Week 1 against the New England Patriots

Wake’s best game came at the beginning of the Dolphins’ 2014 season when he had two sacks on Tom Brady in a 38-20 win over New England. Both of those sacks were strip-sacks, including one that came in the fourth quarter.

Worst 2014 NFL performance

Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens

This was the lone game last year where Suh did not record a tackle. He was virtually shut down by the Ravens offensive line. However, he did have a defended pass.

Wake can only benefit from the addition of Suh. Look for his numbers to increase in 2015, making it hard for the Dolphins to part ways with the All-Pro defensive end after his contract expires.

2015 Season Prediction: 38 tackles, 5 passes defended, 14 sacks, 4 forced fumbles.

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