Over the course of 13 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, defensive end Jason Taylor was a dominant force, recording 131 sacks with the team and retiring with the sixth most sacks in NFL history. With more than double the career sacks than any Dolphins player, Taylor's franchise record for sacks is well out of reach, but Cameron Wake has certainly made some noise as of late.
Wake has tied his career-most sacks in a season in 2012 with 14 through the first 13 games. His dominant performance drew praise from Taylor on Tuesday when the Dolphins great spoke at the Miami Dolphins Touchdown Club luncheon:
"Cam has a very special set of skills and we knew from day one he'd be good," Taylor said. "It's no surprise to us and I'm glad it's working out for him. I love watching him play. He's a fun kid to be around and I wish I was still his teammate, but it's fun watching him. If I was starting a team and needed a defensive end, he'd be the first guy I'd call."
If he hopes to break Taylor's all-time record for sacks, Wake has a ton of catching up to do. The two-time Canadian Football League All-Star didn't sign with the Dolphins until just two weeks before he turned 27 and although he's accumulated 44 sacks in four seasons, Taylor had already reached 80.5 sacks by age 30.
He can, however, feasibly challenge the highest total of sacks in a season Taylor recorded when he led the NFL with 18.5 sacks in 2002. Wake is on pace to finish just about a sack below that total.