Cameron Wake seems like the forgotten anchor of the Miami Dolphins' revamped defense.

No-name defense? Wake plays with a chip on his shoulder as the self-described "no-name'' defensive end of the NFL.

No defender in the league, arguably, feels more underappreciated than Wake, a former two-time Canadian Football League defensive MVP who now drives a Miami defense bent on helping the franchise emerge from its middle-of-the-pack rut over the last four seasons.

The former Penn State defender went undrafted in 2005, then received a brief look from the New York Giants only to be cut before training camp.

Dolphins assistant general manager Brian Gaine rescued Wake from relative Canadian obscurity even though he was thriving north of the border. Since 2009, Wake has 43 sacks, including 15 last year when he earned a Pro Bowl invite. He was ranked as the best 4-3 defensive end last year by the highly respected Pro Football Focus website yet he only received a No. 89 ranking among his peers in NFL Network voting for the Top 100 players of 2013.

"I'm kind of that no-name guy who went undrafted, and that mentality still fuels me," Wake told USA TODAY Sports. "You look around at all these quote-unquote stars, and I don't really fall into that box to the general public.