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Ravens tackle Rick Wagner prepared for stern test in Cameron Wake

Ravens right tackle Rick Wagner.
Ravens right tackle Rick Wagner. (Kenneth K. Lam / The Baltimore Sun)

Right tackle Rick Wagner has earned plenty of praise in his first year as the starter, but faces his biggest challenge to date in Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, who primarily lines up on Wagner's side.
 
"He's obviously a great player, and he gets off the ball real quick," Wagner said. "He's super quick for his size. He's a big guy, he has some power as well. I just have to do a good job this week in practice just focusing on getting off [snaps]."
 
Wagner has allowed two sacks and 15 quarterback hits in 12 games this year, according to Pro Football Focus, and is the team's highest-rated pass blocker. Wake, a DeMatha graduate and three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher, is tied for 10th in the NFL with 9.5 sacks.
 
Wagner said his best comparison for Wake wasn't an opponent, but Ravens' outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who also rushes from the left side and faces Wagner in practice.
 
"He has that quick get-off and he also has power," Wagner said. "It's tough. If you contain his speed, he can get you with the power too."
 
"Ricky will be ready to play," offensive coordinator Kubiak said. "[Wake] is a great player, a tremendous effort player. Their defense plays with great effort, rallying to the football. It will be a big challenge for us to keep them off of Joe. We understand that, but we believe in our guys and we'll be ready to go."

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