News: Jets head coach Rex Ryan called out outside linebacker Quinton Coples for a poor work ethic in the weight room. Coples led the Jets in sacks last year. "If Quinton doesn't do a better job in the weight room, then he might have to ... he's going to have to compete like anyone else for a job," Ryan said. "I'm a little disappointed in Q in the weight room the last day. ... It was yesterday (the poor showing in the weight room), he's been doing a great job but any chance I have to get him I'm going to. It's like, I expect so much from him and if he lets up a little bit, we're going to make sure he knows about it."
Analysis: Work ethic questions have followed Coples around and it seems like Ryan has to remind him about it again. There's a belief he has to lose weight in order to be a more efficient pass rusher since he's making the move to outside linebacker. There's minor Fantasy appeal with him as an outside linebacker. We'll wait for the team to make an official announcement before changing his position.
News: ESPN reports the Jets plan to move Quinton Coples to outside linebacker.
Analysis: Coples will have to slim down, but that will help him shed weight from his frame and make him a faster pass rusher. Coples had 5.5 sacks last season, the most of anyone on the Jets. There's minor Fantasy appeal with him as an outside linebacker. We'll wait for the team to make an official announcement before changing his position.
News: Jets defensive lineman Quinton Coples posted three tackles and 1.5 sacks during New York's 27-17 loss to San Diego in Week 16. Coples has now recorded at least one sack in each of the past three games to increase his season total to 5.5 sacks.
Analysis: At long last, Coples is starting to produce like the steady defensive end the Jets were hoping for when they selected him with a first-round pick last April. The 22-year-old has also batted down two passes over the past four weeks and is worth keeping an eye on deeper Fantasy formats for the 2013 season.
News: Jets defensive lineman Quinton Coples recorded his fourth sack of the season in Week 15 against the Titans. He brought down quarterback Jake Locker once and finished with three tackles (one solo) in the 14-10 loss.
Analysis: Coples has disappointed a bit after being taken in the first round of the 2012 draft as he has just 25 tackles thus far. The 22-year-old has some solid upside, however, and should be a contributor in Fantasy for years to come. Leave Coples for the deepest of IDP formats down the stretch, though.
News: Jets defensive lineman Quinton Coples registered a sack and two tackles during New York's 17-10 victory at Jacksonville in Week 14. Coples collected one of the team's three sacks on Chad Henne for his first takedown since Week 6 against Indianapolis when he had two.
Analysis: Coples has struggled to make a worthwhile impact during his rookie campaign as he has just three total sacks and 22 tackles. The North Carolina product has also failed to generate more than four tackles in a game, and his Fantasy value remains minimal at this point.
News: Jets defensive lineman Quinton Coples finished with four tackles and 1.5 sacks during New York's 35-9 win over Indianapolis in Week 6. Coples, the team's first-round pick out of North Carolina last April, brought down Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for the first sacks of his career.
Analysis: Coples has received additional playing time recently as the Jets try to kickstart his production following a slow start to his rookie season. He entered the game with fewer than three tackles in each of his first five games (six total) while also searching for his first sack. The 22-year-old still is prone to rookie mistakes, but will earn plenty of opportunities to shine. Consider him a low-end option in deeper Fantasy IDP formats for now.
News: The New York Post reports Jets coach Rex Ryan hopes first-round pick Quinton Coples can develop into an impact player like Giants star lineman Jason Pierre-Paul. Its funny, when you look at the numbers from when Pierre-Paul came out [in 2010] and when Quinton Coples (came out), the measurables are almost identical, Ryan said, except that Quinton is an inch taller and 20 pounds heavier [actually 14 pounds]. Then Pierre-Paul has those arms that reach for days. These guys are unusual guys and hopefully Quinton can be the same kind of player Pierre-Paul ended up being. This guy can really hit it. He can play outside and inside.
Analysis: Coples made quite the impact in his preseason debut Friday against the Bengals. He had five tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one tackle for loss. If he keeps that up, then he will be a must-own Fantasy IDP player in no time. Coples has a lot of potential, but he is at best a late-round Fantasy sleeper in IDP formats.
News: Jets coach Rex Ryan told North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples last week that the team would draft him if he were still available at No. 16 overall. Coples can repay him and the Jets by being the dominant pass rusher they think he'll be. Coples tied for third in Tar Heels history with 24 sacks, including 17 1/2 in his last two years, despite having four position coaches and two head coaches during his college career. Ryan said Coples reminds him of former Jets Shaun Ellis and Trevor Pryce, terrific pass rushers who could play all along the defensive line. "He's very athletic for an inside pass rusher," Ryan said.
Analysis: The Jets finished fifth in defense last season, but New York's 35 sacks ranked tied for 17th in the league, and Aaron Maybin led the team with just six. The 6-foot-5, 284-pound Coples should help fill that need immediately playing alongside veterans Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito and Muhammad Wilkerson, the team's first-round pick last year. Minimal stats are expected -- he's only worth a late pick in dynasty/keeper league drafts and a mid-to-late pick in rookie-only drafts.