May 4, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Quinton Coples (98) participates in drills during minicamp at the Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Quinton Coples Says Work at Linebacker was All in the Plans


Quinton Coples played defensive end and defensive tackle at the University of North Carolina. The Jets, however, have also used him at the linebacker position during this offseason, which comes as no surprise to him. After all, coach Ryan did work him out at defensive end and linebacker during his pro-day.

Coples was not surprised at all by the action:

“It was something future-wise that was pushed up to this time, so I had to make the adjustment early,” Coples said. “I’m looking forward to being part of that linebacker corps in the future.”

He was given the option on how he wanted to line up, with either hand in the dirt of standing up, while the defense worked out of the “46″ defense, the off-shoot of the 4-3 that Rex’s dad Buddy invented and made popular. It is new to Coples, playing linebacker, but he looks forward to it.

“It’s different,” Coples said of taking some reps as a linebacker. “I’m looking forward to it. Very excited, and ready to get after it, and I think it’s going to be very confusing for the offense.”

There is no way to be anything but excited about this kid. Not only is he a talented player, but he is willing to work hard and try anything the Jets want him to in order to succeed. This is all you can ask for from your first round pick, and it will be exciting to watch him take the field this fall.

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