Olivier Vernon
DE #54
Height:
6-2
Weight:
262
Age:
26
College:
Miami (Fla.)
Hometown:
Miami, FL
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
63
SCK
8.5
FF
1
INT
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Biography

TRANSACTIONS:
-  Originally a 3rd-round (72nd pick overall) draft choice by the Miami Dolphins in 2012…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on March 10, 2016.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-  Has played in 80 regular-season games with 62 starts, and started 1 postseason game…Did not miss a game in his first 5 NFL seasons…Career totals include 251 tackles (181 solo), 37.5 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles…Was the first player in Miami Dolphins history to win both AFC Defensive and Special Teams weekly honors. He was the Defensive POW in 2013 Week 13, and the Special Teams POW in 2012 Week 8.
-  In his first season with the Giants in 2016, Vernon started all 16 regular-season games and the NFC Wild Card Game at right defensive end…It was the 3rd consecutive season he started every 1 of his team’s games…Selected 2nd-team All-Pro by the AP…Led the Giants with 8.5 sacks, the 2nd-highest total of his 5-year career…Vernon had at least 1 sack in 5 consecutive games from Nov. 6-Dec. 4, and had 7.0 sacks in those contests…Had 4 tackles (3 solo) in his Giants debut at Dallas (9/11)…Recorded his first sack of the season and had 5 solo tackles vs. the Rams in London (10/23)…Tallied 5 tackles (4 solo) and began his streak of 5 straight games with a sack vs. Philadelphia (11/6)…Followed with a season-high 10 tackles (4 solo) and a sack vs. Cincinnati (11/14)…Posted 3 tackles (2 solo) and a sack vs. Chicago (11/20)…Had 4 solo tackles and a season-high 2.0 sacks in each of the next 2 games, at Cleveland (11/27), and at Pittsburgh (12/4)…Added a half-sack among his 5 tackles (3 solo) vs. Detroit (12/18)…Had 1 solo tackle in the NFC Wild Card Game in Green Bay (1/8).
-  In 2015, started all 16 games and led the Dolphins with 7.5 sacks – 4.0 more than any other Miami defender…Also led the team with 36 quarterback hits, while totaling 61 tackles (41 solo)…Had 4 tackles (3 solo), including a 12-yard sack of Marcus Mariota, at Tennessee (10/18)…Sacked Tom Brady for a 7-yard loss at New England (10/29)…Posted 7 tackles (5 solo) at Buffalo (11/8), and 4 solo stops and a season-high 6 quarterback hits at Philadelphia (11/15)…Had a season-high 2.5 sacks among his 6 tackles (4 solo) vs. Baltimore (12/6)…Recorded a season-high 11 tackles (6 solo), and a half-sack at San Diego (12/20)…Contributed 6 tackles (3 solo), and a half-sack vs. New England (1/3)
-  In 2014, started all 16 games…Finished season with 47 tackles (31 solo), 6.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 blocked field goal…Registered 3 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for loss vs. New England (9/7)...Posted 6 tackles at Buffalo (9/14)…Recorded his 2nd sack of the season vs. Kansas City (9/21)…Had a 2nd-quarter, 9-yard sack of Aaron Rodgers, and a split sack with Cameron Wake, vs. Green Bay (10/12)...Blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt at Jacksonville (10/26), where he also had 4 tackles on defense, 1 special teams tackle, 1 tackle for loss, and pressured quarterback Blake Bortles on Louis Delmas’ 81-yard interception return for a touchdown ... Recorded a sack and forced a fumble in the 3rd quarter vs. San Diego (11/2)…Had a sack in the 3rd quarter vs. Baltimore (12/7).
-  In 2013, played in all 16 games with 14 starts ... Recorded 57 tackles (46 solo) and led the Dolphins with a career-high 11.5 sacks, left him tied for 3rd in the AFC and tied for 7th in the NFL…Had a half-sack at Indianapolis (9/15)...Posted 5 tackles, including a sack, at New Orleans (9/30)...Registered a sack among his 3 tackles vs. Baltimore (10/6)…Had 3 tackles, including 1 sack, vs. Buffalo (10/20)...Recorded a sack in his 4th consecutive game among his 6 tackles at New England (10/27)...Tied for the team lead with 6 tackles, including a sack, vs. San Diego (11/17)…Had 4 tackles, including 2 sacks, vs. Carolina (11/24), his first multi-sack game of the season and 2nd of his career…Was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Dolphins with 10 tackles and 3.0 sacks at the Jets (12/1)…Had 2 tackles and 1 sack at Pittsburgh (12/8).
-  As a rookie in 2012, played in all 16 games...Recorded 22 tackles (17 solo), and 3.5 sacks…Finished tied for 2nd on the team with 7 special teams tackles…Also blocked 2 field goals, and had a blocked punt recovery for a touchdown...Made NFL debut at Houston (9/9)...Had 3 tackles, including a half-sack, vs. the Jets (9/23)...Recorded 4 tackles and 2.0 sacks for first career multi-sack game vs. St. Louis (10/14)...Scored his first career NFL touchdown, recovering a Robert Malone punt in the end zone that was blocked by Jimmy Wilson, at the Jets (10/28)...It was the 6th time in Dolphins history that a blocked punt was returned for a touchdown…Vernon also blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt by the Jets’ Nick Folk...He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in MetLife Stadium vs. the Jets…Blocked a 54-yard field goal attempt by Adam Vinatieri at Indianapolis (11/4), his 2nd straight game with a blocked field goal attempt...Had 2 tackles, including a sack, vs. Buffalo (12/23).
COLLEGE:
-  Three-year letterman (2009-11) at Miami (Fla.)...Played in 30 career games with 16 starts…Recorded 81 tackles (51 solo) with 9.0 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss...Also forced and recovered 1 fumble...Played in 6 games with 3 starts as a junior in 2011, when he recorded 18 tackles (15 solo), 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss...Finished with a season-high 5 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, vs. Florida State…Recovered a fumble vs. Duke…In 2010, played in 13 games with 11 starts and recorded 39 tackles (25 solo), 6.0 sacks, and 10.5 tackles for losses...Opened the season with 3.5 sacks and 7 tackles vs. Florida A&M…As a freshman in 2009, played in 11 games with 2 starts and contributed 24 tackles (11 solo), 1.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for losses...Had 5 tackles vs. Virginia Tech in his first career start.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Co-Hosted the David Tyree Charity Bowl benefitting Children of the City...Attended the Giants annual Jingle Jam holiday party for 600 New Jersey foster children, who received winter coats, clothes, athletic equipment and enjoyed a night of dancing and many fun activities...Attended the GIANT Night of Comedy hosted by the Rashad Jennings Foundation at New York Gotham’s Comedy Club...Participated in the 2016 Giants Town Hall event for season ticket holders, answering questions from the fans...Raised awareness for Coats Disease by wearing custom-designed cleats during Week 13 for the leaguewide initiative “My Cause My Cleats.”

PERSONAL:
-    Majored in criminology…Vernon’s mother is from Switzerland and his father is from Jamaica….He was named after actor Sir Laurence Olivier…Attended American High School in Miami, where he had 52 tackles with 12.5 sacks and 21 tackles for losses as a senior
TRANSACTIONS:
-  Originally a 3rd-round (72nd pick overall) draft choice by the Miami Dolphins in 2012…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on March 10, 2016.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-  Has played in 80 regular-season games with 62 starts, and started 1 postseason game…Did not miss a game in his first 5 NFL seasons…Career totals include 251 tackles (181 solo), 37.5 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles…Was the first player in Miami Dolphins history to win both AFC Defensive and Special Teams weekly honors. He was the Defensive POW in 2013 Week 13, and the Special Teams POW in 2012 Week 8.
-  In his first season with the Giants in 2016, Vernon started all 16 regular-season games and the NFC Wild Card Game at right defensive end…It was the 3rd consecutive season he started every 1 of his team’s games…Selected 2nd-team All-Pro by the AP…Led the Giants with 8.5 sacks, the 2nd-highest total of his 5-year career…Vernon had at least 1 sack in 5 consecutive games from Nov. 6-Dec. 4, and had 7.0 sacks in those contests…Had 4 tackles (3 solo) in his Giants debut at Dallas (9/11)…Recorded his first sack of the season and had 5 solo tackles vs. the Rams in London (10/23)…Tallied 5 tackles (4 solo) and began his streak of 5 straight games with a sack vs. Philadelphia (11/6)…Followed with a season-high 10 tackles (4 solo) and a sack vs. Cincinnati (11/14)…Posted 3 tackles (2 solo) and a sack vs. Chicago (11/20)…Had 4 solo tackles and a season-high 2.0 sacks in each of the next 2 games, at Cleveland (11/27), and at Pittsburgh (12/4)…Added a half-sack among his 5 tackles (3 solo) vs. Detroit (12/18)…Had 1 solo tackle in the NFC Wild Card Game in Green Bay (1/8).
-  In 2015, started all 16 games and led the Dolphins with 7.5 sacks – 4.0 more than any other Miami defender…Also led the team with 36 quarterback hits, while totaling 61 tackles (41 solo)…Had 4 tackles (3 solo), including a 12-yard sack of Marcus Mariota, at Tennessee (10/18)…Sacked Tom Brady for a 7-yard loss at New England (10/29)…Posted 7 tackles (5 solo) at Buffalo (11/8), and 4 solo stops and a season-high 6 quarterback hits at Philadelphia (11/15)…Had a season-high 2.5 sacks among his 6 tackles (4 solo) vs. Baltimore (12/6)…Recorded a season-high 11 tackles (6 solo), and a half-sack at San Diego (12/20)…Contributed 6 tackles (3 solo), and a half-sack vs. New England (1/3)
-  In 2014, started all 16 games…Finished season with 47 tackles (31 solo), 6.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 blocked field goal…Registered 3 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for loss vs. New England (9/7)...Posted 6 tackles at Buffalo (9/14)…Recorded his 2nd sack of the season vs. Kansas City (9/21)…Had a 2nd-quarter, 9-yard sack of Aaron Rodgers, and a split sack with Cameron Wake, vs. Green Bay (10/12)...Blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt at Jacksonville (10/26), where he also had 4 tackles on defense, 1 special teams tackle, 1 tackle for loss, and pressured quarterback Blake Bortles on Louis Delmas’ 81-yard interception return for a touchdown ... Recorded a sack and forced a fumble in the 3rd quarter vs. San Diego (11/2)…Had a sack in the 3rd quarter vs. Baltimore (12/7).
-  In 2013, played in all 16 games with 14 starts ... Recorded 57 tackles (46 solo) and led the Dolphins with a career-high 11.5 sacks, left him tied for 3rd in the AFC and tied for 7th in the NFL…Had a half-sack at Indianapolis (9/15)...Posted 5 tackles, including a sack, at New Orleans (9/30)...Registered a sack among his 3 tackles vs. Baltimore (10/6)…Had 3 tackles, including 1 sack, vs. Buffalo (10/20)...Recorded a sack in his 4th consecutive game among his 6 tackles at New England (10/27)...Tied for the team lead with 6 tackles, including a sack, vs. San Diego (11/17)…Had 4 tackles, including 2 sacks, vs. Carolina (11/24), his first multi-sack game of the season and 2nd of his career…Was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Dolphins with 10 tackles and 3.0 sacks at the Jets (12/1)…Had 2 tackles and 1 sack at Pittsburgh (12/8).
-  As a rookie in 2012, played in all 16 games...Recorded 22 tackles (17 solo), and 3.5 sacks…Finished tied for 2nd on the team with 7 special teams tackles…Also blocked 2 field goals, and had a blocked punt recovery for a touchdown...Made NFL debut at Houston (9/9)...Had 3 tackles, including a half-sack, vs. the Jets (9/23)...Recorded 4 tackles and 2.0 sacks for first career multi-sack game vs. St. Louis (10/14)...Scored his first career NFL touchdown, recovering a Robert Malone punt in the end zone that was blocked by Jimmy Wilson, at the Jets (10/28)...It was the 6th time in Dolphins history that a blocked punt was returned for a touchdown…Vernon also blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt by the Jets’ Nick Folk...He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in MetLife Stadium vs. the Jets…Blocked a 54-yard field goal attempt by Adam Vinatieri at Indianapolis (11/4), his 2nd straight game with a blocked field goal attempt...Had 2 tackles, including a sack, vs. Buffalo (12/23).
COLLEGE:
-  Three-year letterman (2009-11) at Miami (Fla.)...Played in 30 career games with 16 starts…Recorded 81 tackles (51 solo) with 9.0 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss...Also forced and recovered 1 fumble...Played in 6 games with 3 starts as a junior in 2011, when he recorded 18 tackles (15 solo), 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss...Finished with a season-high 5 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, vs. Florida State…Recovered a fumble vs. Duke…In 2010, played in 13 games with 11 starts and recorded 39 tackles (25 solo), 6.0 sacks, and 10.5 tackles for losses...Opened the season with 3.5 sacks and 7 tackles vs. Florida A&M…As a freshman in 2009, played in 11 games with 2 starts and contributed 24 tackles (11 solo), 1.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for losses...Had 5 tackles vs. Virginia Tech in his first career start.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Co-Hosted the David Tyree Charity Bowl benefitting Children of the City...Attended the Giants annual Jingle Jam holiday party for 600 New Jersey foster children, who received winter coats, clothes, athletic equipment and enjoyed a night of dancing and many fun activities...Attended the GIANT Night of Comedy hosted by the Rashad Jennings Foundation at New York Gotham’s Comedy Club...Participated in the 2016 Giants Town Hall event for season ticket holders, answering questions from the fans...Raised awareness for Coats Disease by wearing custom-designed cleats during Week 13 for the leaguewide initiative “My Cause My Cleats.”

PERSONAL:
-    Majored in criminology…Vernon’s mother is from Switzerland and his father is from Jamaica….He was named after actor Sir Laurence Olivier…Attended American High School in Miami, where he had 52 tackles with 12.5 sacks and 21 tackles for losses as a senior
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 259 187 72 37.5 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 4 1
2016 NYG 16 16 63 44 19 8.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2015 MIA 16 16 61 41 20 7.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2014 MIA 16 16 46 31 15 6.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
2013 MIA 16 14 57 46 11 11.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2012 MIA 16 0 32 25 7 3.5 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --

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