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Have the Miami Dolphins unearthed another gem?

Defensive end Cameron Wake was a trailblazer for players making the leap from the CFL to the NFL. Wake failed to make the grade in his initial attempt to forge a career in the States. He was undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft and was not selected in the New York Giants’ roster out of training camp.

However, Wake kept his dreams alive in the CFL and became one of the most dominant players to have played in the league. He won the Norm Fieldgate Trophy and the Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award twice in his two seasons in the league.

It was only a matter of time before his talents were noted by the NFL. The Miami Dolphins snapped him up and he would go on to become one of the most dominant pass-rushers of his generation. The 38-year-old joined the league’s prestigious 100-sack club last season and still has a hunger for the game, although he is without a team at the moment.

Wake proved that he belonged in the NFL after being given a chance by the Dolphins. The franchise could well have paved the way for another former CFL player to make the transition.

Samuel Eguavoen made the most of his opportunity with the Dolphins last season. Miami picked him up after three years of solid production with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was consistent and a rock through the middle of the defense in the CFL, notching 173 tackles on defense and special teams along with four sacks.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was searching for committed coachable players and he performed admirably in a poor side in 2019. Miami struggled immensely during the campaign, but Eguavoen proved that he could handle life in the league, initially earning a spot in training camp before edging his way into the starting defense.He appeared in all 16 regular season games, posting solid statistics with 42 tackles and 3.5 sacks. It was a satisfactory start, but the journey starts all again in camp.

The 27-year-old does not have time on his side and will have fierce competition for his place on the roster for the upcoming campaign. The Dolphins signed Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts from the New England Patriots, while Jerome Baker, Vince Beigel, Raekwon McMillan and Andrew Van Ginkel are already in a crowded linebackers’ room. Kamu Grugier-Hill may take snaps away from him on special teams, which will really put the pressure on Eguavoen to perform.

If he raises the level of his game he could become an essential part of Flores’ defensive line-up in the 2020 season that looks on course for an improvement, with the franchise being backed at +850 in the NFL odds on bet365 to win the AFC East for the first time in 12 years. Eguavoen has battled his way to the NFL and faces another challenge to remain there.

It’s a brutal league where even hard work and determination is not good enough to earn a roster spot. Fortunately for Eguavoen, Flores is from the Bill Belichick school of coaching. Status means very little to the 38-year-old and he will not shy away from picking the player that performs on the practice field over a player that the Dolphins drafted with a high pick. The linebacker will have learned a lot and will have veterans to lean on for their support. With a little bit of luck, Eguavoen could well find himself excelling with the Dolphins once again.  









































































































































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