Originally written on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 2/13/13
Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon's 2012 campaign paralleled his team's -- he trended up through the first half of the season and down after the midway point.But like his team, he was never really out of it until the end. The third-round rookie gained steam through the first five games of his rookie season and had his best showing Week 6 against the St. Louis Rams, recording two sacks and two quarterback hits to go with a pair of tackles behind the line of scrimmage.According to Pro Football Focus, Vernon tallied four quarterback hurries and three quarterback hits in the two games following the Rams contest. In one of those games, a win over the New York Jets, Vernon recovered a blocked punt in the opposing end zone to score his first touchdown since high school.Vernon enjoyed his big special teams play, but he's certainly looking to be involved in more big plays on the defensive side of the ball. Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, one of the best in the business, says h...
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