I firmly believe that Quinton Coples will take a Mo Wilkerson-like leap in his second full NFL season. Coples showed burst off the line and ended the season with 5.5 sacks. With more discipline, he would have had a few more but his hands found the head of the offensive lineman a little too often. I expect more bulk and speed. I expect better fundamentals. And most importantly… I think that Coples will earn a starting gig in Rex Ryan’s offense. He needs to show up in shape and practice hard. But, Mo Wilkerson’s success in year 2 should be motivation for him to do so. He really seemed to figure the speed of the NFL out as the season progressed.
Coples was named to Mel Kiper’s 2012 All Rookie Team as well:
Quinton Coples, Jets: Another guy who really started to figure it out later in the season, Coples was a 4-3 defensive end at North Carolina, but he’s being asked to do some different things with the Jets. I think along with Muhammad Wilkerson, he can help make the Jets’ defensive line one of the best in the NFL in the years to come. I give Coples the edge on Seattle’s Bruce Irvin, who had some sacks but was one-dimensional. Irvin should improve as his game expands.
The Jets defensive line is shaping up to be a nice young unit for Idzik to build a team around.