Jets reportedly moving Quinton Coples to linebacker

quinton coples 2According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, the Jets plan on using Quinton Coples as an outside linebacker so he can rush the quarterback off the edge.

As far back as the scouting combine in February, Rex Ryan started dropping hints aboutQuinton Coples becoming more of an edge player. He’ll be on the edge, all right. Coples, used mostly as an interior lineman as a rookie, will be moved to 3-4 outside linebacker, according to a league source.

Ryan uses multiple fronts, so it’s quite possible Coples will be deployed as a down lineman in certain situations. But the plan, for now, is to stand him up. The former first-round pick was listed at 290 pounds last season, so he will have to drop weight to play linebacker, which requires some pass-coverage responsibilities.

This helps explain why the Jets were so hot for DT Sheldon Richardson, their second pick in the first round. Now there’s an opening on the line for Richardson, who projects as a Day 1 starter.

There’s no doubt the Jets need a premiere pass rusher and Coples might be that guy.  Having him stand up and rush the passer might benefit him as well as the Hets.