Giants DE Olivier Vernon has now missed three weeks to start the season, but head coach Pat Shurmur is seeing progress from the team's best pass rusher.
Vernon, who didn't travel with the team to Houston, was seen doing some work at the Giants' facility on Monday. Shurmur said that he is getting better, but is still listed as day-to-day.
"Better," Shurmur said on a conference call. "I just happened to see him running around outside my window here, so we'll just have to see. I think we'll consider him day to day and see how far he can come with it. He's making progress, he hasn't had any setbacks, and we just all know that these high ankle sprains take time. "
A prime example is last season when star WR Odell Beckham Jr. had a high sprain after Week 2 of the preseason. He fought hard to get back on the field, and eventually did in Week 2 against the Lions. However, he made a cameo appearance as he was limited in what he was allowed to do. So, making sure Vernon is 100 percent is what the Giants are striving for.
The Giants have had a slow start with pressuring the quarterback so far this season, but they made strides against the Texans with three sacks. However, they only have four on the season.
Last season, Vernon collected 6.5 sacks while amassing 8.5 in his first season with the Giants in 2016. Having him back on the line would be a serious upgrade, but being healthy is the No. 1 priority at the moment.