Today, I’m going to spotlight a few members of that draft class who I believe absolutely need to, and likely will, have an immediate impact for the New York Jets this season.
When you look at the 2011 New York Jets, one of the things that stood out the most was the obvious — if Rex Ryan and the Jets defense didn’t put on an exotic blitz, nobody got to the quarterback to apply pressure and get a sack.
This has been a problem for the Jets not just last year, but since coach Rex Ryan has been here. Last season in particular, the Jets were 17th in the league in defensive sacks.
Quinton Coples had a combined 17.5 sacks in his junior and senior years combined. That’s almost half of what the Jets did last year (35).
The knock on the kid is that he doesn’t play with a high motor but so far in the first two games, Coples has a couple of sacks.
Coples needs to channel his college junior year self for the Jets to be the dominant defense that they think they can be.
Will Quinton Coples will be the second coming of JPP? No, for the sheer fact that JPP is a freak of nature. Could Coples be the next Jared Allen? Learning Allen’s former defensive line coah Karl Dunbar will help. Will he make an immediate impact? Absolutely.
The spotlight is going shift from Coples to linebacker Demario Davis out of Arkansas State.
You could make the argument that Davis was drafted to replace Bart Scott in the not so distant future and if you compare both Davis’s and Scott’s stats from 2011, they are ridiculously comparable. Davis had 69 total tackles in 2011 compared to Scott’s 66 in a limited role.
So far, in two preseason games, Davis has six total tackles, five of which were solo. So far, Davis has made an impact on the defense in the run game. According to his draft profile, Davis’s foot speed is an asset and he could catch up to any back or beat them to the hole and plug the gap. Alot of times last year, the run defense looked like Swiss cheese.
He will be in a lot of sub packages on passing downs as well, and his speed with be an asset covering the tight ends of this league too.