When the Miami Dolphins brought in defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle he installed a 4-3 defense. The Dolphins immediately saw an improvement on that side of the ball, largely in part from Cameron Wake moving from outside linebacker to defensive end in this scheme.
Last year he had a career high 15 sacks, three forced fumbles, and was a first-team All-Pro. The Dolphins value Wake so highly that they wouldn’t trade him for anyone.
“I wouldn’t trade Cam Wake for anybody in our league,” Coyle recently told the Dolphins’ official website. “He’s a joy to coach. He works at it mentally, he’s strong against the run, dynamic pass rusher, intelligent football player, can cover guys when we do put him into coverage. He’s a guy that can run with backs, tight ends, shoot, he can run with some receivers out there. He’s a dynamic player, and we’re so fortunate to have him.”
If J.J. Watt or Von Miller were on the block they might reconsider that statement, but Wake is definitely an under-appreciated and emerging force at defensive end for the Dolphins.