“He came in the same way I came in -- undrafted, having to prove himself,” Shelby said of Wake, who was undrafted out of Penn State, “and look at him now, a Pro Bowler, so why not take notes from that guy?”
The results of the “Cam Wake Off-Season Program” have been impressive. Shelby, with his quicker first step, is now contending for a job in the Dolphins’ Speed Package, the pass-rush grouping that features four speedy defensive ends whose sole purpose is making life miserable for quarterbacks.
The Speed Package consists of starting defensive ends Wake and Olivier Vernon
alongside Shelby and Dion Jordan
. Shelby owes much of his role to improved conditioning.
“I don’t want to say it was an issue (last season),” Shelby said, “but my burst has gotten better. Running extra with Cam definitely helps…He runs a little bit too much. In the weight room I can usually keep up.”
As it turns out, conditioning is a big part of Wake’s offseason workouts. Wake, the three-time Pro Bowl selection known for his high motor and unrelenting pursuit of the quarterback, especially in the fourth quarter, demands more of himself, and that’s the way he trains.