Quinton Coples isn’t worried about covering tight ends

AP

Quinton Coples wasn’t upset by Jets coach Rex Ryan calling him out for lagging in the weight room and he isn’t sweating one aspect of his transition to outside linebacker either.

While the Jets will be looking for Coples to rush passers off the edge, he’ll also have to drop into pass coverage on some occasions. When he does, he’ll often be charged with covering a tight end and he told reporters that he’s already come up with a strategy for dealing with one familiar face that is on the Jets’ schedule twice this year.

“Dustin Keller? I wouldn’t let him get off the line,” Coples said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “That’s the best way to cover, ain’t it?”

Coples offered a similar answer when asked about Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, although he allowed that he’d have help with that matchup. Coples’ approach is likely to be the best one for him to use in his first days as a linebacker. At 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, Coples has the size to be physical at the line of scrimmage in hopes of keeping tight ends from getting into their routes.

It won’t fit every situation, but it chould work well enough for a successful switch as long as Coples pressures quarterbacks consistently.

16 responses to “Quinton Coples isn’t worried about covering tight ends

  1. Just a quick glimpse of the Jets schedule shows a lot of teams with pro-bowl caliper TE’s. He will match up against Keller (Mia), Gronk and Hernandez(NE), and Scott Chandler (Buff) twice this year just in his division. Also Gonzalez (Atl), Gresham (Cin), Miller (Pitt), Graham (N.O.), Pitta and Dickson (Balt), and Olsen (Car) …looks like it might be a long year for Coples and the Jets

  2. Just a quick glimpse of the Jets schedule shows a lot of teams with pro-bowl caliper TE’s. He will match up against Keller (Mia), Gronk and Hernandez(NE), and Scott Chandler (Buff) twice this year just in his division. Also Gonzalez (Atl), Gresham (Cin), Miller (Pitt), Graham (N.O.), Pitta and Dickson (Balt), and Olsen (Car) …looks like it might be a long year for Coples and the Jets

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    I can tell you’re a bills fan, Scott Chandler is no where close to being a pro bowl TE yet.

  3. And to add some of you guys are dumb, hes dropping weight he won’t be 285 lbs by the end of the season

    And it will work, Rex Ryan is coaching the defense he made Aaron Maybin a sack leader.

  4. He is absolutely right. This guy will be a perennial all-pro. He alone is better than the entire Giants D-line/LB core. Too bad about JPP, once you have back surgery as a pro athlete (ESP football), you will NEVER be right.

  5. Love the Giants fans who make comments about the Jets, yet when people point out how lucky the Giants got in their last SB victory they lose it. Also, hate to say it, giants window has closed, as the jets do it the right way and build.

  6. @kev86. Get back to me after these next couple years. That franchise is in awful shape. No money, tons of holes…major issues bud. But good luck w/Eli, the same guy all the giants fans wanted out of there after his 3rd year…now he is Peyton?

  7. So while he’s holding Keller, Tannehill gets a little extra time for Wallace to get open deep on a free play when he gets called for defensive holding. The Dolphins will just hate that (not).

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