The New York Jets selected North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples with their first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and the rookie is making a quick impact on the team. According to a few reports, Coples was lined up at multiple positions during the team’s opening day of minicamp.
Coples saw reps at left defensive end, defensive tackle and left end. Surprisingly, Coples did not get any reps at outside linebacker. The first-rounder’s versatility will help out in the Jets multiple defensive schemes.
Not only has Coples been moved along the defensive line, but he already feels he has most of the defensive playbook down after having the playbook for a week and receiving ten DVDs of Jets game film.
“The defensive scheme, the majority of it is based off of what we got today,” Coples said, “so I grasped the majority of the defensive playbook today.”
Of course, those comments gave head coach Rex Ryan a bit of a laugh.
“We love the fact that he thinks he has it down. This is one practice and he has like four defenses in and our library is a little more extensive than that,” Ryan said. “And the great thing is we will hold him to it now. So in the meeting that will be our first question, we will come up with something for him.”
Coples obviously doesn’t need to have the playbook down yet, but it is great to see how much confidence he has in himself. Hopefully for the Jets, Coples confidence will translate to him working hard and putting to rest any questions of his low motor.