Vernon on Flowers: 'He's ahead of the game'

The Giants prized defensive end Olivier Vernon has formed a strong bond with second year left tackle Ereck Flowers and had high praise for the fellow Miami native.

Training camp is the epitome of friendly competition, and for New York Giants DE Olivier Vernon, he admits he has a tough teammate to go against.

            Vernon lines up opposite LT Ereck Flowers who is making it hard for the new lineman early in camp and he is loving every second of it.

            “Flowers is going to be a really good player, man,” Vernon explained. “Right now it is all about getting each other better. He helps me out just as far as when it comes to the pass rushing. As young as Flowers is, he is ahead of the game as far as what he knows and his athletic ability. Once he starts getting more knowledge of the game and he puts it with his athletic ability, he is going to be even better, man. I like going against Ereck, just to get each other better.”

            The 25-year-old Vernon clearly has high praise for his teammate who he went on to say is “strong” which is crucial being a left tackle.

            Now, this isn’t the first time both lineman have worn the same jerseys. Vernon and Flowers were both Miami Hurricanes in their college days which immediately set the stage for their friendship.

            In the Giants matchup with Vernon’s Dolphins last year, the two players swapped jerseys at the end of the game showing their mutual respect for one another.

            Now, on the same team, the bond is even stronger.

            “He is also my locker room man,” Vernon said when acted about his relationship with Flowers. “We speak every day and it is funny because when I was in that same position, going into my second year and trying to learn everything I can, and that is what he is pretty much doing. He is always asking questions and is always sharing knowledge.”

            On the field, the intensity is starting to rise as players put the pads on for the first time and were able to truly go at it. As a result, Vernon got to see an early hint at what this new Giants defense is capable of accomplishing.

            “We are putting that work in, but right now just keep working and keep practicing,” Vernon said. “We got the week one out the way in training camp, we have a few more weeks to go and now it is just about gelling together.”

            The first test for Vernon comes in the first preseason game against, you guessed it, his old Miami Dolphins team next Friday.





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