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Cameron Wake: 'I know I can play' in the NFL

New Dolphins outside linebacker Cameron Wake just took part in a conference call with a handful of American and Canadian reporters.

During the call Wake addressed what seems to be the biggest question about his weekend signing with the Dolphins after a stellar career with the British Columbia Lions: Can he match what he did in the CFL in the NFL, particularly after not getting drafted in 2005, then washing out with the New York Giants and not playing in 2006?

"I know I can play," Wake said. "And I know what I can do. Every time I step on the field I wanted to show people that I belong and that I can play and produce. That's the mentality I took to the CFL and that's the mentality I'm going with to the NFL."

Wake was out of football entirely in 2006. He has worked as a mortgage broker.

"Definitely wasn't something I appreciated," he said of his time away from football. "Not being in football, I was sitting at home on the couch watching people I played with and played against all my life. I know what it's not like to not play. I know what it's like to be at home hoping and wishing I could play. It's something I can carry with me the rest of my life."

Wake suffered an MCL tear in 2001 but that clearly wasn't the reason he was not drafted in 2005. It also wasn't the 4.49 time in the 40-yard dash Wake said he ran at his pro day. So why wasn't Wake drafted?

"That's the first question I asked," Wake said. "I had no idea. I know I wasn't a dominator or crazy All-American in college. But I tested with any of the names at linebacker and at defensive end at the combine and during workouts. So I don't know. That's a good question."

Wake played defensive end for the BC Lions and led the CFL in sacks both his seasons there. But he says he's already been told he's going to be used as an outside linebacker in Miami. He said he weighs between 250 and 260 now.

Wake said between four and five NFL teams showed serious interest in signing him immediately after the CFL season was over. So why Miami?

"I wanted to eliminate all the fluff," Wake said. "It wasn't about whoever offered the biggest deal. It was about the coaching staffs, the opportunity, the organizations. Miami put themselves above the others in those things even if it wasn't by much."

Having said all this, I would caution all of you to appreciate the signing but not go overboard. The fact this is good but not great contract as it would relate to proven free agents should tell you how the Dolphins view it.

The team is hopeful Wake comes as advertised. If he does, I would say Charlie Anderson should be worried. But to suggest this signing makes Matt Roth obsolete is wrong. Roth will come to camp and compete as will Wake.

And the better player will play.

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"this wake guy fits the mold of what the trifecta looks for in an olb.i'm sure they scouted him before they signed him.hopefully he is the real deal in the nfl" sound familier mr bungle? it should thats because that 's your post on sun-sentinal blog.now your on this blog blasting the posters on here for saying the same thing.which is it?

This LB corps is shaping up.....watch Wake in the preseason rip the opposition wannabees trying to make the big squads -heads off !!
Wake will make his impression right then.
That Youtube film if him is awesome.....looks like LT, the Parcells version.

Roth is key to move in the middle with another young LB out of the draft> maybe SPIKES -FL, or Laurinitis- OHS? along with Joey, that is an LB corps that will be like rabid dogs. 2008:
40 sacks,not bad......2009> 50+ sacks ! 3 per game avg will make the secondary even better.

Maybe a top pick on a young stud NT is not a bad idea to go with Merling, Langford. Fergie maybe has another year left, will be around to show the ropes to a new NT.

Hmmm. This guy could be scary good in our system. Freak of nature alright! A cross between a young strahan and peppers. I can dig it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXhvg2HhTo0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIUaFdHL0wY&feature=related

Cameron Wake is the real deal. I have been a B.C. Lions fan for more than 40 years (yes, 40!). I've seen some great players come out of our league (Warren Moon, Doug Flutie, etc.) This guy is the most impactful rush end I've ever seen in the C.F.L. That may not mean a hell of a lot to you in the N.F.L. but there are some things you should know about our brand of football. The C.F.L. is a passers league and because of the wider field, QB's that are mobile are really dangerous. I've seen this guy beat two guys and chase down a quick QB from behind inumerable times. He's always blocked by two guys and he still makes incredible lunging tackles to lead the league in sacks. He's a horse. The guy can dunk a basketball easily without any run-up. He's also hungrier than Oprah on a diet. If they give this guy a real chance, you'll love him.

metphinn spikes is coming back for his senior season how about signing bart scott to play ilb with a draft pick.keep roth at olb on 1st and 2nd downs.and wake on 3rd and 4rth downs.roth cannot play ilb in the 3-4 there is to much room to cover ,he is to slow.

mr SMART TO BE BUNGLE....IN FOOTBALL WHEN YOU SIGN A PLAYER LIKE WAKE WHO WAS A LEADER IN SAKS AND D. PLAYER OF THE YEAR YOU KNOW THAT HIS COMMITMENT IS 100 PERCENT TO THE GAME HE IS PLAYING THEN ADD YOU GOOD COACHING STAFF TO THAT TO BUILD ON HIS CONFIDENCE YOU GET A STARTER .THAT HOW NEW ENGLAND AND STEELERS BUILT THIER GREAT TEAMS FOR YEARS NOW BY MAKING STARS OUT OF YOUNG AND SMART PAYERS IN EVERY GAME AND EVERY PLAY THEY TRAY TO THIER BEST FOR THE TEAM.YOU DO NOT GO ANY WHERE UP WITH HIGH PRICED PLAYERS .BTW TODAY'S SUCCESSFUL FOOTBALL TEAMS REQUIRE MOTIVATED YOUNG PLAYERS TO INCREASE THEIR VALUE AND EXCELLENT YOUNG ACCOUNTABLE COACHING STAFF WHO WANT TO SUCCEED.

mr bungle is a two faced tool.

even in the butchering of the english laung.your right monalizzzzzzzzzzzza/menace

Bart Scott, bitchez......you heard it here first.
Oh, and as much as I love Fergie, we need another NT more than DEs--can some scientist clone Ngata for the Fish?? That'd work, fer sher.

c little check post at 9:04 by me a couple a posts up.about bart scott you heard it here 2nd bitchez

All this talk about M.Roth at middle LB latley is rediculous! The guy played solid this year but he is no where near mobile enough to play middle. Slow Slow Slow.....next subject

again,sean check out my post at 9:04 pm a few spots up about roth. i agree, next subject."rediculous" ?

my bad 904---great minds think alike, etc.

actually its go phins ,i posted at 9:04 and yeah great minds think alike.

I tink signing wake was a good idea but if we git peppers nd hanyesworth we be unstoppable wit jp too!
All we need too do is improve on our cbs...

Wake wasn't instinctive enough as a 4-3 LB in college. Was more athlete than anything. A guy like that can excel tho when it's kept simple - get up field and get to the QB. Looking forward to seeing how he does.

The guy who would make the single biggest impact on the defense would be Ashumuga. A bonafide shut down CB... A great CB is like having an extra player on the defense. It frees the safeties for run support and blitz schemes. If we're going to spend in FA send on a guy who will make the most impact.

>pick up JT... NOW we talking! Don't pretend that Miami doesn't a defensive cha-cha specialist. Plus, no one can deny my stats last season...3 dips, 5 pirouettes, and a new record 16 foot moonwalk.

I'll even sew a Dolphin on the backside of my tutu.

J (can I come home now) taylor.

I don't care Armando, I am high on this guy and I think he's the type of guy the Dolphins have on their roster now. Wake is a guy who just wants a chance. How many other guys on the Dolphins roster either said that (Camarillo) or is saying that now (Bess)? I think he fits the Dolphins bill and I hope he can take care of business opposite Porter.

the tuna likes big line...tall is priotiy too...look for some monsters through FA and draft...not necessarily people you've heard of...but many big dudes...

a lot of you guys would get silenced immediately by the tuna...coaches like him that have been around for 40 years have distinct opinions with conviction from experiencing the same results over, over, and over again...the tuna likes big and tall line and that's TOP PRIORITY

roth sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cut him now. ted ginn could play outside linebacker better than he did

Pick up j. taylor for a discounted price !!! or spend millions more on Suggs..

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