In setting up their locker room this year, the Dolphins put first-round pick Dion Jordan next to Cameron Wake. It is not a coincidence.
Wake is a 100-mph dude. He loves to work. He loves to play. And he plays every down like it is his last. That is one reason he is the second-rated defensive end behind St. Louis end Robert Quinn after one game, according to ProFootballFocos.com. Quinn had three sacks and two forced fumbles against Arizona.
Wake got 62 snaps. And went hard 62 snaps. He had 2.5 sacks and four hurries.
That example has quickly traveled the one foot distance separating Wake and Jordan. Jordan gets it.
And after watching Wake against the Browns and have one of his more impressive games in memory, Jordan feels like he learned something in his NFL debut.
How the game should really be played ...
"Consistency," Jordan said. "That's one thing I learned, especially watching this guy Cam Wake rush. Consistency is probably the thing I learned."
What does that mean?
It means no Jadeveon Clowney act.
It means taking no plays off.
"There's no plays off because any play can change this game and Cam made some big plays last week and changed that game last weekend," Jordan said.
This is not to suggest Jordan didn't know about going full speed every play before Sunday. It's just that the game was an illustration of what can happen when you don't. And so he won't.
"I feel if I was ever to take a play off, guys would notice it, especially the guys in my room," Jordan said. "They would notice it. But that's not my menality. I have a motor so I'm going to use it."
Jordan played 17 snaps according to PFF. He had a sack and a tackle. He also had a penalty. The metrics site gave him a negative grade for the game. (Don't ask me, that's what they did).
But Jordan seemed pleased with himself.
"I feel like I played fast ... I played a lot of special teams, I played a lot of defense. I had a pretty decent role for the team," he said.
It was a solid start.