Still in the infancy of his NFL career, Vernon hasn’t backed down despite his rookie status.
During one minicamp drill last month, Vernon got into a scuffle with Dolphins star left tackle Jake Long — one Vernon dismissed as a heat-of-the-moment-type tangle.
“We’re cool,” Vernon said. “It’s a battle. Everyone’s always competing every day. You’re trying to win one-on-ones. You’re trying to get to the quarterback. The offensive line, they’re trying to block. They’re trying to get pancakes and stuff like that, but it’s competition.”