Friday, August 10, 2012

Rookie Coples has 'tremendous' outing in 1st game


Week 1 of the NFL preseason has been pretty sloppy across the board, and the New York Jets' showing against the Cincinnati Bengals was no exception.

But the Jets had a handful of positives to pick from on defense, including the performance of first-round pick defensive end Quinton Coples, which Rex Ryan called "tremendous" after the game, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Coples was arguably the most impressive player on the Jets' defense, making five solo tackles, including a fumble-forcing sack.

He also had two tackles for losses on one drive and made multiple quarterback pressures.

In addition to his solid work against the pass, Coples consistently got a good push on the linemen he faced and was around the ball on all the running plays the Bengals ran while he was on the field.

Coples has reportedly been a little hesitant in practice due to his trying to learn the defense without making too many mistakes, so the Jets have eased him into the lineup. However, he's expected to start by the beginning of the regular season.

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