- Height / Weight
- 6'2" / 268 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- October 7, 1990 (28)
- 8th Season
- 2012 / Rd. 3 / Pk. 72 (MIA)
The Cleveland Browns acquired defensive end Olivier Vernon and the No. 132 overall pick (fourth round) from the New York Giants on Friday in exchange for offensive guard Kevin Zeitler and the No. 155 overall pick (fifth round), according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport. Zeitler has been one of the better guards in the NFL and will help shore up New York's weak offensive line. Vernon has missed a lot of time with injuries the last two years, but he still managed seven sacks in 11 games in 2018 and was Pro Football Focus' No. 8 edge rusher. If Vernon can stay healthy in 2019, Cleveland's pass rush could be quite dangerous.
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle) is "very optimistic" that he'll make his season debut in Week 6 against the Eagles on Thursday Night Football after getting in a limited practice session on Monday. New York is tied with Oakland with a league-low six sacks through five games, so they desperately need their best pass rusher back. Vernon could be eased back into action if he starts for the first time this year, so he probably wouldn't be the best IDP choice right off the bat.
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle) and cornerback Eli Apple (groin) are both expected to practice on Wednesday. It's good news for both defenders and has them on track to play in Week 5 against the Panthers. Vernon has yet to play this year as he fights through a high ankle sprain. If both players are active, it'll be bad news for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and their offense in an already tough matchup.