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Quinton Coples | Linebacker

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/22/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 290
College: North Carolina
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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. Aug 19 - 9:47 AM

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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.
Jul 20 - 11:03 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.
May 4 - 10:25 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

According to ESPN New York, the "feeling around the (Jets)" is that second-year OLB Quinton Coples is the "key" to the defense.

The idea being that, if Coples shines in his transition to outside linebacker, the Jets could have a pretty good unit on their hands. According to reporter Rich Cimini, Coples has had a "quiet camp," and the coaching staff wants him to play with a "greater sense of urgency." Per Pro Football Focus, Coples generated just 14 hurries in 516 snaps as a rookie.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 10:23:00 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger reports Quinton Coples is "making strides" in his transition to outside linebacker.

Coples strictly played end as a rookie, but is converting to stand-up edge rusher in the Jets' base defense. Because he won't be asked to drop into coverage, Coples will still rush the interior in all sub-packages. He worked with both the defensive line and linebackers during the first two days of training camp.
Sat, Jul 27, 2013 07:38:00 PM

The New York Daily News calls Quinton Coples' transition from left end to outside linebacker "greatly exaggerated."

The Jets run a 3-4 in alignment, but their concepts are more 4-3 in nature with a one-gap playing style. The outside linebackers are used like defensive ends more often than not. Beat reporter Manish Mehta expects Coples to rush from the interior "his fair share of time." The goal is improved versatility.
Sat, Jul 20, 2013 08:32:00 PM

Jets OLB Quinton Coples says he's responded with increased effort after coach Rex Ryan called him out last week.

"I responded in the weight room and got better," Coples said. "I gave better effort and made sure that won’t happen again." Ryan's tactic worked with a player the Jets need to be a major pass-rushing presence off the edge this season. Coples has some serious ability, but is towering for a linebacker at 6-foot-6, 284 pounds. He's working to slim down. We'd guess he posts a nice sack total after tallying 5.5 as a rookie.
Fri, May 17, 2013 09:19:00 AM

Jets DC Dennis Thurman reiterated Wednesday that Quinton Coples will be used as a stand-up edge rusher this season.

"QC will play with his hand in the dirt stand up," Thurman said. "We wouldn't do it if Quinton didn't have the ability to handle it." Coples was used as a more traditional left end last season, but is being relied on to get after the passer after the Jets used the No. 13 pick on Sheldon Richardson. A towering 6-foot-6, 284 pounds, Coples should shed some weight, but is still going to be enormous for a linebacker.
Wed, May 15, 2013 01:50:00 PM

Coach Rex Ryan called out 2012 first-round pick Quinton Coples for lackluster weight-room performance on the first day of Jets rookie camp.

Coples isn't eligible for rookie camp, obviously, but Ryan took him to task for his offseason commitment level. "If Quinton doesn’t do a better job in the weight room he might have to ... he’s got to compete like anybody else for a job," said Ryan. "So I’m a little disappointed in Q in the weight room in the last day." Perhaps Rex was just trying to send a message. The Jets are counting on Coples to transform himself from a left end into a rush linebacker.
Fri, May 10, 2013 03:12:00 PM