NASHVILLE – Cameron Wake hasn’t played a game yet for the Tennessee Titans.
At this point, the Titans veteran defensive end hasn’t even taken part in an OTA, a minicamp, or a training camp practice.
But already the 10-year pro has made an impact on his younger teammates during the offseason program.
If you don’t believe it, just ask them.
“I’ve picked his brain already,” linebacker Jayon Brown, who is headed into his third NFL season, said of Wake. “We talked for a while after one of our workouts the other day, and he gave me some great advice. I asked him how he’s stayed healthy for this long, and how he keeps it going this long into his career. I asked him what he eats, and what he does to look the way he looks. He’s given me advice on how to commit to the game. He told me when you commit to the game, it can bring great things to you.
“He’s a really cool guy, easy to talk to, and I can’t wait to get on the field with him this year.”
Second-year linebacker Sharif Finch has also spent time with Wake, and has spent time watching him as well.
“Cameron Wake is a seasoned veteran and is a very talented dude obviously – he has 98 sacks in his career,” Finch said. “So he’ll be a great guy to learn under. It’s great wisdom coming into the locker room from a veteran player.”
Wake, 37, has posted double-digit sack totals in five of his 10 NFL seasons, including a 10.5-sack season in 2017.
Wake recorded six sacks in 2018 while playing limited snaps with the Dolphins. He recorded 360 total tackles, one interception, and 22 forced fumbles in addition to his 98 sacks during his time in Miami. Wake’s 98 sacks are the second-most ever by a player in a Dolphins uniform, behind only Jason Taylor.
When he signed with the Titans, Wake said he remembers watching the veterans when he first broke into the NFL. He said he planned to help the team’s younger players develop any way he can.
“I was blessed, at the beginning of my career, being under some pretty good guys who played in this league, like Jason Taylor, Joey Porter, and guys like that, guys I had an opportunity to learn from and ask questions, be a sponge around,” Wake said. “That wisdom they’d gained from all the years they’d played at the time I was coming in, I grabbed whatever nuggets I could.
“I’ve been fortunate to play in this league a long time and gained some of those nuggets myself. So being able to pass that on to whoever is upcoming in this league and on this team, it is something I think of as a responsibility, for the older players to make sure the guys coming up can be successful as well.”
Linebacker Rashaan Evans, the team’s first-round pick a year ago, only knew Wake from afar in the past – mainly from his video games.
Now, Evans is also looking to Wake for tips. The presence of Wake should make everyone better.
“Even when I was growing up I used to play him on video games, and now to see him in person is kind of weird in a way because I grew up watching a guy like that,” Evans said. “He still looks like he came in his first year, it is unreal. For him to play as many seasons as he has, and to still look like he does, and move like he does ...
“It is basically a situation where I want to do what he does, as far as his workouts and other things. To have that guy in the locker room and have his wisdom and be able to get up under his wing and talk football, that is definitely not only going to help me but also the rest of the team.”
New Titans defensive end Cameron Wake works out with teammates during the first week of the team's offseason program at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)
TitansOnline.com looks back at the NFL career of former Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, who signed with the Titans as an unrestricted free agent. (AP Photos)