NASHVILLE, Tenn. – To set up many of his 98 NFL sacks, Cameron Wake first had to set the edge.

It’s a far less glamorous element to the job description for an outside linebacker (or 4-3 defensive end), but Wake’s sensibility about it is one that should trickle down to Sharif Finch, Harold Landry, Kamelei Correa, Reggie Gilbert -- who's on his way via trade per Adam Schefter -- and anyone else the Titans roll out at the position.WakeSteelersPortrait

“They don’t write too many stories about setting the edge, there are no ESPN highlights of setting the edge,” Wake said. “Most times if you do your job properly, you probably won’t even be the guy to make the tackle. It’s two sides of the same coin. I feel like if I’m setting the edge on first- and second-down, you put them in a third-and-long situation so that you can do the thing that everybody is waiting to see which is rush the quarterback.

“You have to be able to do the first part or you’ll never be able to do the second part. You’ve got to work before you play.”

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