FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets drafted Quinton Coples in the first round, expecting the big defensive lineman to make an immediate impact.
So far, the rookie has been mostly quiet through three games. But Rex Ryan thinks Coples is about to break out — and thinks it could happen Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Coples had a terrific preseason, leading the Jets with 412 sacks and raising expectations for a player with a reputation for making big plays at times but also struggling to maintain focus during others at North Carolina. Coples says he’s learning that life in the NFL is more than just loving and playing, but also “living the game.”
Once a wide receiver in high school, Coples is ready to be a key part of Ryan’s defense.