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Wake presents problems

By RICH THOMPSON

Boston Herald

FOXBORO, Mass. — Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake has delivered several of his finest pass rushing performances against the Patriots.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound undrafted ninth-year pro out of Penn State has played in 16 games against the Patriots with 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, 29 solo tackles and eight assists.

Wake, 35, has eight sacks this season that include the pop and drop he laid on Tom Brady in the Pats’ 35-17 victory at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 26. Wake dispensed four additional hits on Brady in that game, primarily at the expense of Patriots’ reserve right tackle LaAdrian Waddle.

He will resume his assault from either side of the Miami front line when the Dolphins host the Patriots on Monday night at Hard Rock Stadium.

“He’s a good player and he has been doing it a long time,” said Waddle. “He is strong and he is fast and he can do a little bit of everything and that keeps you on your toes. You just got to be ready for him.”

Wake and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh line up on the left side and comprise one of the most dangerous inside-outside pass rushing tandems in the league. Suh has 3.5 sacks and 50.5 in his career, the second most by an interior defensive lineman since 2010.

“The hardest part is actually getting him (Suh) blocked,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. “He’s explosive, very strong and has a good get off and pursues well.”

Jordan Phillips is projected to start at right tackle while Andre Branch will line up opposite Solder.

“They have a lot of good players and they are physical up field players,” said Solder. “They are going to come at you and they do a lot of different things, and they are well coached.”

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