The New York Jets currently bolster a plethora of talented defensive lineman who were first-round draft picks, including Muhammad Wilkerson (2011), Quinton Coples (2012) and Sheldon Richardson (2013). They do lack significant experience, but if those three players can live up to their potential this season, the Jets defense could become one of the NFL’s most terrifying to opposing quarterbacks.
Coples is expected o play more linebacker this year, as the Jets look to use his pass-rushing skills exclusively, and keep him out of situations where he’s forced to take on opposing blockers, something he struggled with last year as a rookie. According to ESPN New York, the Jets believe if Coples is able to make this transition, he could become the key to the defense:
Former No. 1 pick Quinton Coples plays his first game at outside linebacker. It has been a quiet camp for the former lineman. Part of that could be attributed to the position switch. But the coaches also want him to play with a greater sense of urgency. The feeling around the team is that Coples is the key to the defense. If he thrives in his new role, the defense has a chance to be really good.