INDIANAPOLIS–The Dolphins are done holding Cameron Wake back and limiting his snaps. There’s no question he’s back.
Wake came off a ruptured Achilles tendon and began last season on the bench, being used almost exclusively in third-down passing situations. Miami might not have intended to limit him as much as it did–some of it was a result of the team getting clobbered in its first four games–but he averaged just 24 snaps over the first five games.
“We just kept getting in positions to where we were so far behind that the other team could just run it and we weren’t doing a good job of rotating him in there and making sure that he was getting the amount of snaps that he needed,” coach Adam Gase said. “Obviously we want him to be the starter. We would like him to really play the downs that are gonna matter.
“We’d like to have him in there more on pass-rush downs. If we could actually get a lead, that would be nice to let him rush the passer. We need to do some retooling on both sides of the ball to make sure that we’re giving our offense more plays and our defense less plays, and we actually need to play with a lead.”
Wake caught fire once the Dolphins got him on the field more. He earned a starting spot in the Pro Bowl with 11.5 sacks, the third-highest mark of his career, and got 10.5 of those over the final 11 games.
Gase’s comments aren’t just talk; management backed that up with a major financial commitment. At 35 years old, Wake received a two-year, $16.1 million extension last month.
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