DAVIE–When Jason Taylor gets his Hall of Fame induction this summer, he might make a future reservation for Cameron Wake.
Wake, who will play his ninth season this year, has put together an incredible run with the Dolphins. His 81.5 sacks are the most by any player in his first eight Miami seasons, outdoing Taylor’s by one.
With those credentials and five Pro Bowl selections, Wake looks like a Hall of Fame lock to Taylor.
“I think he’s been trending in that direction,” Taylor said. “Hopefully he can play as long as he can and keep being as productive as he’s been. He’s just a remarkable athlete. The things he’s able to do and the way he bounced back from an Achilles injury at his–I hate even saying it but at his age… It doesn’t surprise me at all. Having a chance to be around Cam and be a teammate of his, knowing the way he works, knowing the work he was putting in, in the offseason, when this building was empty of players and they’re off and when he’s probably supposed to be on crutches still or in a boot still and he’s pushing it. He’s just that kind of guy.”
Taylor went on to call Wake “a better football player and a better pass rusher than I ever was” and expects him to keep putting up monster seasons even after turning 35 this offseason.
Coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon in the 2015 season, Wake returned to put up 11.5 sacks and earn a start in the Pro Bowl. He’s currently tied for 59th on the all-time sacks list and would move up to at least No. 42 with another double-digit sack season in 2017.
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