Thursday, April 26, 2012

New York Jets aim for the fences with Quinton Coples pick - NFL News

The Jets haven't had an impact edge rusher since John Abraham was traded to the Atlanta Falcons six years ago.

Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine are banking that Quinton Coples can finally fill the void.

It’s a decision that doesn't come without risk, but the Jets' seem to be in Adam Dunn-esque swing-for-the-fences mode with everything they do these days. The Jets will likely bookend Coples with Aaron Maybin, who was a surprise impact player in spurts last season.

When their turn came up at No. 16, the Jets had multiple pass-rushing choices, a list that included Melvin Ingram and Chandler Jones.

Instead, they went with Coples, a big-time talent who raised eyebrows with a senior season at North Carolina in which his effort and motivation level was questioned.

Jets fans at Radio City Music Hall didn't seem enthused with the move, as Coples was met with a mix of boos and cheers.

At least Coples can rest easy knowing one teammate is all in.

I’m sure this eases the minds of nervous Jets fans.

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