"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.
The option is for the 2016 season. In 2014, Coples produced 25 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks in 16 games.
The option will keep Coples with the team in 2015 for a salary of $7.8 million.
Coples had 6 and a half sacks for the Jets last season.
A turf toe injury that could sideline
Coples has not been particularly productive. He has just 22 tackles and three sacks in 11 games.
|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|
|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|
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