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Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Dolphins’ defensive player to watch: Cameron Wake

OLB Cameron Wake

How he beats you: The Beltsville, Md., native and DeMatha High School product leads the Dolphins with 5.5 sacks this season. He has good explosiveness off the edge and uses a bag of tricks to get to the quarterback. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Wake had 14 sacks last season and though he isn’t on pace to equal that production this season, he remains difficult to stop. The Dolphins move him from left to right to take advantage of mismatches and throw off opponents.. “He’s a good player. I don’t know if he’s having the year he would like or he’s had in the past, but he’s a good player,” Redskins right tackle Sean Locklear says. “I’ve seen him miss quite a few sacks. So that shows he’s always around the quarterback.” Says left tackle Trent Williams, “Explosive guy, very good pass-rushing, explosive, uses his hands well. You’ve got to almost be perfect, because he can exploit mistakes.”

How to stop him: The best way is to attack Wake rather than sit back and wait for him. Says Locklear: “You have to mix up your protection, that’s for sure. You can’t miss a beat on anything you’re doing. If you keep doing the same thing, he’ll figure it out, so you have to try to keep him off-balance.”

Bottom line: Wake will line up primarily opposite Locklear, who is expected to make his first start of the season at right tackle, with Jammal Brown hobbled by a groin injury. Locklear made two starts at left tackle earlier this season, but spent the majority of his seven previous seasons at right tackle for Seattle. Locklear must fend off Wake to give John Beck a chance to improve upon his last two rocky outings.

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