So far Wake has only played 45 snaps this season. The reasoning for this is that the Dolphins have been trailing quite a bit and the team only wants to use Wake in passing situations. They hope those numbers will turn around starting this week versus the Browns.
This is really not news as it's been speculated that Wake will mainly be used as a pass rushing specialist this season. Head Coach Adam Gase just confirmed it Thursday. Wake can still rack up sacks as teams can no longer double team him with Mario Williams (concussion) coming from the other side.
Wake is set to see a reduced role in 2016, largely due to the emergence Jason Jones. Even though he is no longer technically a starter, Wake will still have plenty of chances to feast on quarterbacks. The 34-year-old should only be considered as a worthy play in the deepest of leagues.
Wake is now 10 months removed from the torn Achilles tendon that ended his 2015 campaign, and he appears to be making good progress. It's rare for teams to play their better players in the preseason when they aren't totally healthy, so Wake's play on Thursday is an encouraging sign that he's nearing full health, even if he's not quite there yet. He isn't expected to miss any regular-season time to the injury.
Wake (Achilles) will play in Thursday's preseason exhibition with Atlanta, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
It was reported earlier in the week that the four-time pro bowler would be a game-time decision for Thursday's game. Ultimately, it appears Miami believes Wake is healthy enough to get some work in the preseason prior to Week 1. Although Wake is unlikely to play an extended amount of snaps, it will be nice to see how he holds up in team's dress rehearsal game.
|4||9/29/16||@ CIN||8:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|10||11/13/16||@ SD||4:05 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/16||@ NYJ||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
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