Quinton Coples: Jets 1st-Rounder Gets Starter Treatment After Only 1 Practice

Sigmund Bloom@SigmundBloomNFL Draft Lead WriterMay 11, 2012

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 04:  Quinton Coples #98 of the New York Jets works out during the Jets Rookie Minicamp on May 4, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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It didn't take Jets head coach Rex Ryan very long to see everything he needed to see from No. 16 overall pick Quinton Coples at the team's minicamp over the weekend. Coples sat out the second day of practice, which created a stir until Ryan cleared it up.

Coples had an excellent debut in Jets colors in the first practice, showing his versatility and pass-rush prowess. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Coples said he was used "all across the board" on the defensive line, including both the right and left end positions.

Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger reports that Ryan credited Coples with six sacks in his first practice and liked Coples' confidence when he asserted that he "grasped everything" in the opening minicamp session.

Instead of giving Coples a chance to carry over that momentum to the follow day, Ryan asked him to sit. Coples had no explanation, saying he was just following coach's orders.

The reason for Coples' absence? J.P. Pelzman of The Record reports that Ryan said the Jets "know what (Coples) can do" and wanted to see and give other rookies a chance to compete.

If you think that sounds like the treatment a starter gets, you're right. Ryan also told the media that "obviously" he thought Coples would start. This after Mehta reported that last week that Ryan "backtracked" after making a similar pronouncement after the draft.

Whether he starts the first game or not, Coples has to be pleased that the first story about him taking plays off in the NFL came about because his coaches asked him to.