Jets cut 2012 1st-round pick OLB Coples
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets have waived outside linebacker Quinton Coples, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2012.
The move Monday was a surprise despite Coples’ diminished role in Todd Bowles’ defense. Coples played only five snaps on defense in New York’s 24-17 loss at Houston on Sunday after playing just seven against Buffalo in the previous game.
Coples was drafted 16th overall – five spots ahead of New England’s Chandler Jones – to provide a pass-rushing presence. He had 16 1/2 sacks in three-plus seasons, but had none this year. Coples struggled to find a consistent role in Bowles’ 3-4 system as a linebacker.
During the offseason, the Jets exercised the $7.8 million fifth-year option on Coples’ contract for next year, but guaranteed it for injury only.
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