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Quinton Coples impresses in his first game with the Jets

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On a night of more heralded debuts for the Jets, Quinton Coples didn’t garner nearly as much attention.

But maybe he should have.

The first-round pick had five tackles, two for losses, a strip sack and a batted pass in his first game with the Jets.

Coach Rex Ryan said Coples had “a tremendous game,” via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.

“Some real encouraging things,” Ryan said. “That’s not surprising, but I was happy to see it nonetheless.”

Coaches told Coples to plan to play all four quarters. He didn’t start in the base 3-4 set, but worked with the starters in the four-man front as well as in their 4-3 sub package.

“I did very well,” Coples said. “I don’t have a grade for it, but I was very productive. I also have a lot to improve upon as well. It starts on Sunday when we go back to practice. I look forward to looking at this game on film and correcting my mistakes.”

If Coples proves to be more than a physical specimen, the Jets have the potential to have a dangerous defensive line, whether it’s three or four men up front.

And if they continue to fiddle with backup quarterbacks, they might need their defense to be dominant.

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14 Responses to “Quinton Coples impresses in his first game with the Jets”
  1. dennisatunity says: Aug 11, 2012 9:54 AM

    Good for him. I had really thought my Seahawks were going to draft him, and I thought he would have been an excellent choice. I hope he goes gangbusters with his NFL career.

  2. EJ says: Aug 11, 2012 9:56 AM

    Looks like Aaron Maybin will be seeing the field a little less.

  3. Ghost Rat says: Aug 11, 2012 10:07 AM

    Coples looked good last night… in fact he was the best Jet in the field. It looks like he is motivated to go after the perception that he takes plays off, and he didn’t take any off last night.

    The trouble for the Yets is that he was their best player last night, and unless he can also play an amazing quarterback this team will be doomed.

  4. pftfan says: Aug 11, 2012 10:16 AM

    I thought the overwhelming response from the PFT masses was this guy was supposed to be a bust because he was drafted by the Jets? What gives???

  5. agcooney108 says: Aug 11, 2012 10:19 AM

    Lets be for real now, qb is not the issue cause sanchez and tebow both looked great, it’s the offensive line that is going to be the issue. Maybin, coples, Wilkerson and the d as a whole all looked solid last night and have to keep pushing. Also we need to pray Eric smith is ok, not for his d, but for him on special teams.

  6. heisthejuan says: Aug 11, 2012 10:22 AM

    I thought he looked dominant against the back ups. Will be interesting to see how he does against the big boys who he doesn’t have such a natural advantage over.

  7. realitypolice says: Aug 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    Tar Heels defensive lineman = good NFL defensive lineman.

  8. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    Can he throw a football too???

  9. Jim says: Aug 11, 2012 10:41 AM

    I watched the game last night and was alarmed that Coples seemed to be totally out of gas at the start of the second half. His pursuit of running plays to the opposite side of the line consisted of him standing up and walking, and he wasn’t a factor when they ran right at him.

    He had a promising first half, but I was dismayed at how poor his conditioning seemed to be as the game wore on. Maybe he just needs a little time in a pro setting, but I’m surprised to read all this gushing about a first round pick that can only give you one half of very good football.

  10. revischrist16 says: Aug 11, 2012 10:43 AM

    1. Maybin will be playing de while coples plays dt or Maybin will be olb while coples plays de. Both will see the field plenty and improve the pass rush.

    2. It’s not trouble for the jets that he was the dominant player, the starters only played for a quarter.

  11. johnnyd1956 says: Aug 11, 2012 11:05 AM

    The best we can hope for are a lot of 10-3 wins

  12. osiris33 says: Aug 11, 2012 12:27 PM

    I’m sorry, I watched him for 2 series last night in the 3rd quarter and he didn’t do a thing. He looked gassed, took plays off and generally gave no effort. I’ll have to watch the 1st half on replay I guess but after what I saw, I was glad the Seahawks passed on him. sounds like if the coahces stay on him he’ll be good though.

  13. nyjets1017 says: Aug 11, 2012 12:53 PM

    He looked gassed by the fourth quarter but he stayed in there and stayed strong

  14. egonpeon says: Aug 12, 2012 3:22 PM

    Rex is finally his getting his personnel. I think Maybin, Coples, gives them a young and faster dline. Now on to buying some oline.

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