Concerns about work ethic and motor have dogged Quinton Coples since his days at North Carolina, and his training-camp performance did little to allay those fears.
Then he stepped onto the field against the Bengals.
Coples tallied five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against Cincinnati, turning into a dominant player rather unexpectedly. The Jets needed help along the defensive line and Coples flashed why New York took him with their first-round pick.
Rex Ryan had a lofty comparison for Coples (via Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger):
Rex Ryan has praised first-round pick Quinton Coples since his preseason debut Friday night. Today, the Jets coach upped the ante, saying he hopes the Jets' first-round pick turns out as well as the Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul has.
"They are two unusual talents. ... They're unusual guys," Ryan said. "Hopefully Quinton can be the same kind of player Pierre-Paul ended up being. This guy really gets it."
They may be playing different positions, but the Jets' defensive front is going to be difficult to handle if Coples can be that disruptive on a regular basis.