"Out the Door", or "Back for More": DL Edition

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Dec 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Quinton Coples (98) rushes San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second half at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Granted, we may have a general manager in the fold by the end of the day, but that won’t stop us from continuing our game. Out “Out the Door”, “Back for More”, game. We finished the offensive side of the football, so we move on to the defensive side. We start with a position that was a huge strength in 2012, the defensive line:

QUINTON COPLES: After a slow start to his rookie season, Quinton Coples came on and began to show the talent that made him the 16th pick in the 2012 draft. He finished the year with 5.5 sacks, and seems primed to be even better in 2013. Obviously, Quinton Coples will be………


MIKE DEVITO: This will be a sensitive one for Jets fans, as he is loved by most, if not all. He is a guy that worked his tail off, and earned his way into the starting lineup after coming to the team as an undrafted free agent. This season, he set a career high with 52 tackles to go along with one sack and 2 forced fumbles. However, last year he did have a $2.5 million cap number, and I am sure would want a raise in order to stay. With Damon Harrison on the team, and younger, DeVito will likely have the opportunity to sign elsewhere, because Mike will be…….


MUHAMMAD WILKERSON: I don’t think we need to say very much here, do we? “Beast Mo” was receiving consideration for the Pro Bowl with the way he came on in the second half of the 2012 season. After a lackluster 2011, Wilkerson benefited greatly from the teachings of Karl Dunbar, and showed the ability that earned him a first round selection in the 2011 draft. He finished the year with 70 tackles, 38 of them solo, five sacks, 4 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Big Mo will be a force in 2013, and be a force for years to come. Obviously, Mo will be…………


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