Olivier Vernon trying to prove he can play every down

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When the Dolphins took Dion Jordan with the third overall pick in the draft, everyone looked to him as the player who would line up opposite Cameron Wake and help maximize the pass rush on defense this season.

Jordan may wind up filling that role, although he’ll have some catching up to do once he gets off the non-football injury list. Until he does, Olivier Vernon is playing with the first team at defensive end and the 2012 third-round pick isn’t planning on giving up the job without a struggle.

“Last year was that learning year. I had to soak everything in and play my role,” Vernon said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “This year I’m just trying to get a feel for everything that will be thrown at me. I’m trying to be an every down type of player. I’m trying to prove something out here.”

Vernon’s role last season was almost totally that of a situational pass rusher. He had 3.5 sacks in 445 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, a number that shows some promise as a complement for Wake if he succeeds in proving that he can play the run as well. Should the Dolphins get that to go with Jordan, their pass rush would take a big step forward from last season.

6 responses to “Olivier Vernon trying to prove he can play every down

  1. People criticize the Dolphins for their every move.

    Not only did Jeff Ireland draft his franchise quarterback in 2012, but he also replaced Jake Long, Reggie Bush, and between 2012 and 2013, found BOTH pass rushers of the future. Is he planning for a future without Cameron Wake???

    And judging from how the Dolphins did in this year’s 2nd and 3rd round, the entire offensive line and secondary have been put on notice.

    Jeff Ireland, putting you into early retirement, one All-Pro player at a time.

  2. I really like Olivier Vernon, He had alot of pressures last season,plus a year of experience and Cam Wake getting the double teams equals double digit sacks for OV!

  3. LOVE Vernon. He was a beast last year on special teams, he recorded some great sacks, and showed a lot of potential. It will be hard for him to start because where Jordan was drafted, but I still hope to see him get more playing time.

  4. Very talented player who was overlooked in the draft because of his limited play time at The U. Coach Golden tipped Ireland about OV and Miller with high recommendations. OV said he’s been learning moves and technique from Cam Wake during the off season. Not a bad guy to learn from.

    They should have a great D-line rotation with Wake, OV and Jordon on the ends and Soliai, Starks and Odrick inside.

  5. Dude had 3.5 sacks. So we want to annoint him a starter now? Dang, I just realized they moved Odrick inside. He may have no choice but be the starter or have them sign John Abraham. I cannot take a defensive end serious with the #50.

  6. Ireland made some real boneheaded decisions during the parcells era, but in the last 2 drafts he has done really well.. Cam Wake while still a beast is a 31 year old beast, maybe ireland will sell high on wake and let Jordan and Vernon anchor our pass rush both have great physical potential..

    I have been hearing about playing Jordan at LOLB next to LDE cam wake .. God if jordan is as fast as advertised it would be a pick your poison rush with both coming from the same side hard to block them both.

    I used to support Fireland 2 years ago but now if you look at this guy and believe in second chances he has really done a solid job these past 2 drafts.

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