It was thought the Dolphins would have a nice quiet season in 2012 after the trading of Brandon Marshall. So far, three weeks into training camp, it’s been anything but quiet.
First the announcement of HBO’s Hark Knocks following the team’s every move, added to that the anticipation of Chad Johnson being on said show, followed by Johnson’s release after his arrest this past weekend, and now yet another incident as pass rush specialist Cameron Wake was involved in a two car accident early monday morning.
MDD Staff Writer: Chad Pullen
Via ProFootballTalk.com, Wake and the driver of the other car were not injured seriously, and Wake was at practice this morning although he did not participate. The other driver was treated for minor injuries and is thought to be the cause of the accident. Early reports indicate that no alcohol was involved for either driver.
Certainly a scary moment for the Dolphins staff, however it’s now possible that it could turn into a positive, as 2011 third round pick Olivier Vernon may take Wake’s spot in the starting lineup on Friday night in the second preseason game of the season vs the Carolina Panthers.
This would give Vernon some extra snaps and against first unit talent to help identify his readiness for the upcoming season. It will also give Wake some added rest whether he has any sort of lingering effects from the accident or not.
The end goal on the season will be to have Wake on the field as much as possible throughout the season and place Vernon on the opposite side to create pressure from both sides and open up the middle as no line would be able to double both pass rushers. This could give Miami an edge on virtually every passing down and over time Vernon could be groomed to eventually take over for Wake who is starting to reach that age where his value will not match up to his production. Every extra snap now gets Vernon that much closer to where Miami needs him to get.