I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. The Fourth of July may have come and gone. But fear not. The Independence Day fireworks may be behind us. But that just means we're getting ever so close to the start if training camp!
We are less than four weeks away from the first day of camp down in Davie. Can you believe it?
Anyways, here's what you may have missed from this past weekend while you were at the beach or a barbecue or wherever else you may have been.
Wake to "bust out" in 2010?
Once camp does begin, there's going to be a lot of scrutiny on the Dolphins' group of outside linebackers. Gone are their two starting OLBs from 2009. Last year, Joey Porter and Jason Taylor combined for 16 sacks. Both are with new teams. Replacing them will be a group of nationally unknown veterans and a second round draft pick.
But if The Sporting News is right, Cameron Wake won't be an unknown for long. In a piece for their latest issue, focused on NFL training camps, Wake is one of the players highlighted. There's even a small piece entitled "3 Reasons Cameron Wake Will Bust Out This Season." What's even more interesting is that the reasons come from Jason Taylor, now of the hated Jets.
Taylor tells TSN:
"I think maybe five years from now, maybe one year from now, people in Miami will quickly forget about me and talk about Cameron Wake because I think he has that kind of talent."
This isn't necessarily a new revelation. After all, Wake was fourth on the team in sacks last year (5.5) despite playing very few snaps. We all have seen that outstanding pass-rushing ability from Wake. But Wake needs to be a little bit more than that if he wants to win the starting weakside job.
Of course, he probably doesn't have to become the great all-around OLB that this coaching staff seems to be unfairly looking for. Remember who played the position before this season? Was Joey Porter a great all-around linebacker? No. He was terrible against the run. To Joey's credit, though, he was relatively comfortable when he was asked to cover.
If Cameron, who is very much aware of what he needs to do to improve and to earn more playing time, can prove to the coaches that he isn't totally lost in coverage, there's no reason Wake shouldn't win the starting job - en route to a 10+ sack season.
Some more happenings from the weekend:
- A five year old at Brandon Marshall's football camp told Brandon to "get out of my face" after Marshall tried to give the kid pointers and restore organization at that particular drill. The kid then started "to wreak havoc" elsewhere before Marshall chased him down and lifted him up in the air by his legs while the other kids laughed. So far, so good for Brandon as a Dolphin.
- Patrick Cobbs is on "his schedule" as he continues his recovery from his torn ACL. It's also easy to see why Tony Sparano loves Cobbs so much - the kid just loves football so much. Is he excited to get back on that field? "Oh, man, it's going to be great. I can't help but smile anytime somebody says something about that. I can't wait to get back on the white lines and the green grass and in front of all the people. I'm anxious to run around and do the things I've been doing for a long time in my life."
- On Friday Chad Henne turned 25. On Saturday Henne married his girlfriend of ten years. So where are the newlyweds going for their honeymoon? I'm not sure. But it won't be until next year, as the couple decided to wait on the honeymoon so that Henne can continue to prepare for the start of training camp. That's my kind of quarterback!