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Quinton Coples | Linebacker

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/22/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 290
College: North Carolina
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Jets OLB Quinton Coples said he expects more opportunities to rush the passer this season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Coples dropped back into coverage on 60 of his 708 snaps last year. "I have a lot less responsibility of covering. We have a great secondary, so they don’t really need me as much — if at all," Coples said. Despite the added coverage responsibility, Coples still managed 6.5 sacks last season, the highest total of his career. Aug 24 - 9:19 AM

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The New York Post expects the Jets to use OLB Quinton Coples inside more this season.

Coples plays the outside in 3-4 sets, but is at his best rushing the interior in sub packages. He projects for a bigger role under Todd Bowles, who is more multiple than Rex Ryan. The Jets picked up Coples’s 2016 option, but his salary isn’t guaranteed beyond this season.
Jul 10 - 7:43 PM

Jets exercised OLB Quinton Coples' team option for 2016.

It's worth $7.8 million. The option is guaranteed for injury only, so the Jets could still move on if Coples doesn't take the necessary step forward in 2015. The owner of 16.5 career sacks, Coples managed just 6.5 on 708 snaps last season, earning a negative pass-rushing grade from Pro Football Focus.
Apr 23 - 4:16 PM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets will pick up OLB Quinton Coples' 2016 fifth-year option.

The Jets have until May 3 to make it official. Worth $7.8 million, the fifth-year option is guaranteed only for injury, so the team could still cut Coples next offseason with no financial ramifications if his middling play continues. The No. 16 overall pick of the 2012 draft, Coples has 16.5 sacks through his first three years in the league.
Apr 11 - 9:08 AM

Coach Todd Bowles said OLB Quinton Coples "kind of reminds" him of Geno Smith.

As reporter Rich Cimini explained it, Bowles meant that as "you see the potential, he does some good things, but other times -- not so much." Cimini believes Coples needs to have a really strong offseason, as it remains to be seen if the Jets will pick up his 2016 fifth-year team option. Coples has 16.5 sacks through three seasons but none of his 6.5 last season came on third down.
Apr 8 - 11:27 AM

The Jets could decline the fifth-year option for OLB Quinton Coples.

Coples would make $7 million in 2016 if the Jets pick up his option. He's averaged 5.5 sacks over the last three seasons, and will be cheaper to sign on a long-term deal. The Jets have until May 3 to make a decision on Coples.
Feb 14 - 3:20 PM

Jets OLB Quinton Coples shed 20-plus pounds in the offseason and is playing at 265.

Coples led the team in QB hurries last season, but wants to turn those hurries turn into sacks. He worked on his technique with former NFL pass rusher Chuck Smith over winter. Smith came away believing Coples has the ability to be "dominant." The Jets need Coples. Right now they're leaning on a pair of 34-year-olds in Calvin Pace and Jason Babin for productivity off the edge.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 09:47:00 AM

Jets OLB Quinton Coples dropped about 15 pounds and is playing in the 270-275 range.

Coples entered the league as a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end, but made the transition to stand-up edge rusher last season. He generated just 4.5 sacks. The Jets are now looking for a breakout season from the third-year pro. He already plays above-average run defense, but Coples needs to find the quarterback more, especially with bookend Calvin Pace nearing age 34.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 11:03:00 AM

ESPN New York reports Jets OLB Quinton Coples has been "testing the patience of the coaches from the day he arrived."

This comes on the heels of a quote from former Jets great and analyst Joe Klecko, who said Coples "looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane." Per beat writer Rich Cimini, the frustration level with Coples inside the organization is high. Coples, the 16th pick in the 2012 draft, switched to outside linebacker from end last season. He has just ten sacks through two years but plays stout run defense.
Sun, May 4, 2014 10:25:00 AM

Jets OLB Quinton Coples (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 3.

Coples' return upgrades arguably the NFL's most underrated defense. He'll give the Jets some pass-rushing juice as a movable "end-backer" chess piece.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 01:37:00 PM

Jets OLB Quinton Coples (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

It was his first time practicing since undergoing ankle surgery on August 18. After missing the first two games of the season, it remains unclear if Coples will be ready to play in Week 3 against Buffalo.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 01:32:00 PM

Jets OLB Quinton Coples (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday night's Week 2 game against the Patriots.

Coples has yet to resume practicing and remains without a timetable to return. Garrett McIntyre and Antwan Barnes will continue to share playing time in his absence. The Jets have also officially ruled out Jeremy Kerley (concussion).
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 04:27:00 PM

Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed OLB Quinton Coples (ankle) will not play in Week 1 against the Bucs.

Coples is due back early in the season, but there's still no concrete timetable for his return. If Doug Martin's fantasy owners were concerned about him missing LG Carl Nicks (toe), Coples' absence evens things out. There won't be three better Week 1 fantasy running back plays across the league than Martin.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 03:57:00 PM

Jets OLB Quinton Coples will undergo "a procedure" on his fractured ankle Tuesday and is done for the preseason.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Coples is "out indefinitely." The initial timeline was 3-4 weeks for Coples' return, but that was assuming he'd avoid surgery. He's probably not going to be ready for Week 1. If not, Antwan Barnes and Calvin Pace will open the season as the Jets' starting outside linebackers. It's a big blow to Rex Ryan's defense because Coples has terrific versatility.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 08:03:00 PM

Jets OLB Quinton Coples fractured his ankle in Saturday night's preseason game and could be sidelined 3-4 weeks.

It's a hairline fracture for Coples, and it's not expected to require surgery. Last year's first-round pick, Coples suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly after jumping to swat a Chad Henne pass. Antwan Barnes will fill in at outside 'backer while Coples is out. Barnes is actually a more explosive edge rusher than Coples, but this is still a big blow to the Jets' defense. Coples can play multiple positions and is a force versus the run. He's unlikely to be ready for Week 1.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 09:01:00 AM

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