Marquee Matchups: Vollmer in his Wake
Cam Wake is getting a lot of kudos these days, but this is a must-read article if you are a Dolphins fan. In the Patriots game, Pro Football Focus' top rated DE (Cam Wake) faced off against the top rated RT (Volmer).
The biggest feature of Wake’s game is his speed to the edge, but that isn’t his only weapon as a pass rusher and he used that speed to work inside moves against Vollmer on Tom Brady’s first two attempts. On the first drop-back, he was took Vollmer back a little and tried to get inside to get into Brady’s face as he stepped up to throw, but the pass was gone before Wake could influence the play. However, on the next snap he was able to step and drive through Vollmer’s inside shoulder, slide off of the block, and hit Brady — taking the quarterback down as he threw.
In just two plays, though, Wake had shown Vollmer — and reminded whatever doubters he had left — that he is not simply a one-dimensional speed rusher. In fact, of Wake’s six pressures (two sacks, one hit, three hurries) recorded against Vollmer in this game, five would come to the tackle’s inside… and for the season, more than one-third of Wake’s total pressure has come working inside of his blocker. That number compares favorably to Jason Pierre-Paul who last season also recorded one-third of his pressure to the inside of the player blocking him, and is the ‘Haitian Sensation’ ever referred to as one-dimensional?
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As much as he demonstrated his multi-dimensional skills in this game, it remains that his speed off the edge is utterly terrifying and Vollmer simply couldn’t live with it on this play. As Wake explodes out of his pass-rushing stance, Vollmer is only just setting into his protection as the Dolphin has reached his outside shoulder. When Miami’s end dips and turns the corner, the Patriots’ tackle simply has no answer and Wake is on a bee-line for Brady who, looking downfield, does not see the hit coming.