Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
We all know what to expect out of the likes of Cameron Wake, Randy Starks and Jared Odrick every Sunday. That would be consistency, high-motor and energy, and the ability to make plays that will impact the outcome of the game. Now, it’s time for other young players on the defensive line to step up and take their game to the next level.
One of those players is Olivier Vernon, who had a breakout season in 2013 with 11.5 sacks. Former Dolphins legend Jason Taylor worked with him in the offseason and taught him to use his hands more effectively on pass-rush moves.
“I love Olivier Vernon. Being around him for the first time, [seeing] how much of a sponge he is,” Taylor told the Miami Herald. “It’s tough when you have been removed for a couple years, had a guy who had a bunch of sacks the previous year and you see little things that may or may not help him, you want to speak up. He was very receptive with all those things. I can’t say enough good things about him.”
Another one of those players is Terrence Fede and although he is out on Sunday with a knee injury, Taylor expects many great things from him.
“He was a playmaker when they were practicing in pajamas [OTAs]. He played physical and fast. Once he learns the technique more and learns to play with his hands, the sky is the limit for him.”
If everyone on the defensive line steps up, the Dolphins can have not only the best defensive line in the NFL, but also one of the best defenses throughout the league.