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Dec 16, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) is tackled by Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon (50) and middle linebacker Karlos Dansby (back) in the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins use Olivier Vernon as starting DE to begin training camp

The Miami Dolphins have plenty of capable players to fill in at the defensive end positions, but it is last year’s third-round pick Olivier Vernon who has begun training camp as the team’s starting right defensive end. The Miami Herald passed along the news and, while the starting job at the beginning of the season may not be Vernon’s, it is clear that they are preparing him for a larger role this year.

Last year’s starter Jared Odrick and first-round pick Dion Jordan are also in the mix and could win the starting job, but the early reps will be given to Vernon, which gives him the leg up in the race.

Vernon showed flashes of brilliance as a rookie last season as he recorded 3.5 sacks in his role as a situational pass rusher.

With an increased work load and more opportunities to rush the passer, Vernon should see his numbers sky rocket as he continues to develop as a pro.

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