Copies finished the season with eight tackles but not one of those came since he signed with Miami on Nov. 24 after being released by the Jets.
There was no chance the 2012 first-round selection would pass through waivers, as he has at least shown signs of promise as a pass-rusher, even while largely disappointing. Coples piled up 16.5 sacks through his first three seasons, but he didn't have any in 10 games for the Jets this year, and eventually lost his part-time role in the defense. The Dolphins will likely try to work him in as a situational pass-rusher.
Quinton Coples was released by the New York Jets on Monday.
The 16th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Coples never quite lived up to expectations, yet his release still comes as a surprise. He had 5.5, 4.5 and 6.5 sacks in his first three seasons, but he's barely seen the field in 2015 since the first few weeks of the year. It won't be long before he signs with another team.
"He plays with very good violence," Collins said, per NJ.com. "He can set the edge in the run. He can finish plays in the run game. He can push the pocket. He can affect the quarterback. It doesn't mean he's always going to sack the quarterback, but he can affect the quarterback. I definitely think his arrow is pointing up."
Coples numbers through the first three seasons haven't been eye-popping, but Collins isn't getting caught up too much in the numbers game and Coples is expected to rush the passer a lot more in 2015.
"I think in a lot of ways, numbers sometimes can be overrated," Collins said. "He does a lot of things. He may not have great sack production, but he does a lot of other things very well. I know he has aspirations to change that production, and I have full confidence that he will. But I think there are a lot of things that he does well."
"Well, I won't be jamming receivers," Coples said, comparing Bowles' defense to former coach Rex Ryan's system. "I won't be guarding the No. 1 receiver. That's a big change. Other than that, a lot more rushing. I'll be going against the quarterback a lot. I will be dropping [into pass coverage] a little bit, as well, but a lot more going forward [with rushing the quarterback]. They don't need me in coverage anymore, as you guys can tell."
Coples totaled 35 tackles in 2014 with 6 1/2 sacks and one forced fumble.
|2012||New York Jets||16||30||22.0||8||5.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2013||New York Jets||14||38||24.0||14||4.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2014||New York Jets||16||37||26.0||11||6.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||9||8||4.0||4||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2012||New York Jets||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Jets||14||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Jets||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||9||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
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