by Spiro Kasabian @nyspawstguy_spi
Vernon continues to struggle in 2018
Olivier Vernon has had one of the worst seasons of his career. The talented Defensive End for the New York Giants simply can’t get his year on track. Giants fans could be looking at the final games Vernon plays in a New York Giants uniform. Vernon’s contract has an “out” this offseason and it clearly looks like he is not a fit for Defensive Coordinator’s James Bettcher’s defense.
Vernon’s year started with a high-ankle sprain in the pre-season. That injury caused him to miss the first five games of the NFL regular season. Vernon came back for the Philadelphia Eagles game and produced 6 pressures, 2 tackles and a sack of quarterback Carson Wentz. Unfortunately, that ended up being OV’s most productive game of the season to date.
Vernon is currently sitting at 8 tackles and 1 sack through 5 games played. The Giants are in desperate need of a pass rush, and Vernon has come up small time and time again. The Giants are ranked second to last in the league in sacks and DEAD last in the league in Adjusted Sack Rate, per Football Outsiders.
When you are being paid $17 million dollars a year, (QB money) you need to make an impact on each and every game. Vernon has always been counted on to play hard against the run and finish. This year, he is nowhere to be found.
Currently, the Giants are getting the same, if not better, production out of rookie Lorenzo Carter and at a fraction of the cost. If the Giants want to move on from Vernon at season end they will take an $8 million dollar cap hit. As a result of his earlier injury, Vernon fans can only hope he get healthy fast.
Sunday vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Donovan Smith, a solid yet unspectacular Left Tackle for the Bucs rendered Vernon useless. He failed to register any stats in the box score against a team that possessed the ball for 32 minutes. (37 pass attempts/30 rush attempts).
At no point was Vernon able to pin his ears back and rush the passer. His only contribution was “three” consecutive penalties. (roughing the passer and back to back encroachment penalties.) That added up to 25 important yards that were gifted to the Bucs by the 85 million dollar investment.
New York Giant fans are running out of patience with Olivier Vernon. An easy choice for the Film Rooms: Dud of the Week. The clock is ticking on No. 54.