Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Olivier Vernon entered the NFL in 2012 out of the University of Miami and he had mixed results his rookie year. In fact, the coaching staff and front office had quite a few doubts with him. These doubts led to the Dolphins drafting Dion Jordan third overall. However, Vernon flipped a switch last year and recorded 12.5 sacks. In one game so far, he looked pretty good and registered 1 sack against the New England Patriots. If Vernon can keep it up, him and Cameron Wake can become one of the top defensive line combinations in the NFL.
This is because Sunday marked the fifth time that they both recorded a sack in the same game. Adding to that is the fact that the Dolphins are now 5-0 when they both record sacks in the same game. Since 2012, they have combined for 41.5 sacks, which rank as the fifth most in the NFL among duos that have been on the same team for the past three seasons and each player has recorded 15 or more sacks.
Ahead of them are Tamba Hall/Justin Houston with 43, Ahmad Brooks/Aldon Smith with 44, Chris Long/Robert Quinn with 49.5 and Greg Hardy/Charles Johnson with 50.5.
If they both continue to play at a high level, it won’t be a surprise to see them jump up towards the top of this list by the end of the season.