Written by Matthew Cannata
Defensive end Cameron Wake might be 32 years old but don't tell him that. Don't tell him that he's older than 90 percent of the league and a full decade more seasoned than Dolphins right tackle Ja'Wuan James. Wake doesn't want to hear any of that.
"Do I look 32?" Wake asked Saturday. "I sure don't feel it. It's hard to put that number out there. I just want to play for as long as I can, be successful, and help whatever team, whatever situation I'm in, win. How many more years is that? Who knows?"
Wake has beaten James several times in camp, which is no surprise. James has been learning quickly that Wake is one of the best defensive ends in the league but is up for the challenge on a daily basis.
"His speed and his hands," James said, when asked what has surprised him. "He's really good at his craft."
Added Dolphins coach Joe Philbin: "The one thing I really appreciate about Cam Wake is the fact -- obviously, we want the production and performance on game day -- but he does a great job in practice."
Wake had 71 total pressures in 2013, a stat that combines all sacks, quarterback hits and hurries. That was fourth-most in football. Pro Football Focus ranked him the second-most productive pass-rusher in the game. Wake said he will play as long as he can't be stopped and even then, it might be hard to pull him off the field.
"Everyday, I go out there and throw my fastball out there and if they can hit it, maybe I'll think twice. But if they're still missing and I'm still hitting the quarterback, then if it's ain't broke, don't fix it."