This is the 37th installment of a series of articles covering each player on the Cleveland Browns roster. A new player will be previewed every day from now until the Browns preseason begins. If you enjoy (tolerate) this article, I encourage you to check back each day to read each one. I try to keep these articles short and sweet.
#54- Olivier Vernon– DE- Miami
Olivier’s name may sound French but you can bet he won’t be waving the white flag any this season. Speaking of Frenching, the Browns play Tom Brady and the Patriots in Week 8 this Fall. I wonder if his son will be in attendance. Let’s get back to Vernon though. He is one of the lucky few who were able to escape Pat Shurmur and Dave Gettleman this offseason. Imagine telling somebody a year ago that people would be begging to come to the Browns to get away from New York City. What a time to be alive!
Vernon has been very reliable as a pro. He didn’t miss a game his first 5 seasons in the NFL. However he missed the first 4 games in 2017 due to an ankle injury, then the first 5 games of 2018 with another ankle injury.
When it comes to stats, you know what you are going to get with the veteran defensive end. He’s had between 6.5 and 8.5 sacks in each of the last five seasons. Talk about consistency.
Vernon was selected for the Pro-Bowl last season. He joins Myles Garrett and Sheldon Richardson as Pro-Bowlers on the Browns defensive line. (Hey Larry Ogunjobi, get it together). It seems like opposing teams are really going to have to pick their poison when it comes to a blocking scheme against this front. The depth of the line should be very beneficial for Vernon as he is going into his eighth season at a very physically demanding position. If this group stays healthy, watch out.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out yesterday’s breakdown on Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi.