Miami Dolphins’ Earl Mitchell: One of my goals was to help Cam Wake reach playoffs

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90), celebrates after sacking San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17), during third-quarter action Nov. 02, 2014, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90), celebrates after sacking San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17), during third-quarter action Nov. 02, 2014, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)Beach Post)

Sunday will make the fifth playoff game in Earl Mitchell’s career.

But one thing he’s especially glad about is this finally will be Cameron Wake’s chance to experience the postseason.

Mitchell, a defensive tackle, played in two playoff games each in the 2011 and 2012 seasons while with the Houston Texans. When he joined the Dolphins for the 2014 season, he knew Wake, a defensive end, had never made it to a playoff game.

“It came to mind when I first signed, just knowing that he hasn’t been in the playoffs and I was going to do everything that I could do with my ability to help him get there,” Mitchell said Thursday. “Everybody deserves that chance. I’m glad he’s finally getting it.

“He’s one of those guys that has that X factor about him. He’s made so many game-changing plays that it’s unfortunate (he’d been shut out until now). But at the same time things happen for a reason and he’s got his opportunity now, so he can embrace it while he can.”

Wake has maintained an even-keeled approach to this week. His philosophy is he cannot crank up his intensity for Sunday’s wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers because he plays at full speed all the time anyway.

“It’s good that he has that mindset because it’s like when you take a trip or something,” Mitchell said. “You don’t want to spend all your time taking a picture the entire time. You want to embrace the moment.”

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