[QUOTE=jetstream23;3758708]It's been a few weeks. How do we think Vernon is doing? I remember one tackle against Miami and it seems he only has 4 on the season. Has he been playing much?[/QUOTE]..pretty much the same...this is the best he's ever going to be...
He's getting reps but just seems to miss out on being a part of the play.
I want this dude to so step up but he just seems to lack the skills or desire.
His first step is nowhere near fast enough to make up for his lack of size.
in all fairness our whole team has lacked big plays on the defensive side of the ball...5 sacks in 3 games? 4 INT's in 3 games? erik smith leads the team with 13 tackles? we haven't played like a top defense...
He still looks tentative to me... there was that running play to Brown, where Cro had his hands on him but Ronnie still added another 5yds to it and watching the replay, Golston is standing there watchign the play rather then helping finish it....he could have drove him out of bounds.
I think Vernon Gholston is the Robert Gallery of defensive linemen. Taken very high in the draft to play LT, Gallery couldn't cut it but has become a quality (but not great) starting OG. That's pretty much what's happening with Vernon. He has enough to probably start and hold his own in the NFL but he'll never be a star or have the impact you'd expect given his draft position. His next contract will reflect his market value as borderline starting/rotational DE unless he's cut/traded to a team playing a 4-3 that wants him down to rush the passer and take a flyer on him.
[QUOTE=BleednGreen;3758751]When Rex sends the blitz Verns the one occupying the blockers
I wish Rex would put him at olb for obvious passing down when wed be blizting anyway[/QUOTE]
i think at this point Rex knows what vern is and what he isnt, i trust that at this point he is using him in places where he thinks he can give him the most production...and OLB seems like a failed experiment.
He's doing fine as a rotational 3-4 DE, doing a fine job against the run (which is really astounding for someone of his size, but it just shows how strong he is), doing well at occupying blockers and doing the dirty work. He's found a niche where he can actually contribute to this team in some form. I suppose that's progress.
But with all that said, we're paying him for a hell of a lot more then being a poor mans Devito. For #6 pick money, you need to at least be a reliable starter, if not a borderline star, and Gholston is neither.
So unless Vernon is willing to re-negotiate a new contract that pays him in line with his present abilities (and by willing, I mean coerced), I still believe he'll be gone after this year.