Lost in the shuffle of the New York media, Mel Kiper released his All-Rookie team three days ago and the Jets’ own Quinton Coples appeared on the list. For those of you without Insider access, here’s what Kiper had to say about Coples.
Quinton Coples, Jets: Another guy who really started to figure it out later in the season, Coples was a 4-3 defensive end at North Carolina, but he’s being asked to do some different things with the Jets. I think along with Muhammad Wilkerson, he can help make the Jets’ defensive line one of the best in the NFL in the years to come. I give Coples the edge on Seattle’s Bruce Irvin, who had some sacks but was one-dimensional. Irvin should improve as his game expands.
Coples was thrown head first into action this past season and as time wore on he began to carve a niche for himself and the results over the final few weeks of the season were a testament to that. He has things to improve on but, watching Coples respond well early is a good sign of things to come so congratulations to him! It’s also worth noting that Chandler Jones, Melvin Ingram and Dont’a Hightower do not appear on the list.
If you’re interested in the rest of the crop, here’s how it looks:
QB: Andrew Luck
RB: Alfred Morris, Doug Martin
FB: Evan Rodriguez
WR: T.Y. Hilton, Justin Blackmon, Josh Gordon
TE: Dwayne Allen
LT: Matt Kalil
RT: Kelechi Osemele
G: Kevin Zeitler, Jeff Allen
C: Trevor Robinson
DE: Derek Wolfe, Kendall Reyes, Quinton Coples
DT: Fletcher Cox, Michael Brockers
ILB: Luke Kuechly, Bobby Wagner
OLB: Lavonte David, Vontaze Burfict
CB: Janoris Jenkins, Casey Hayward, Stephon Gilmore
S: Mark Barron, Harrison Smith
PR: Keshawn Martin
KR: David Wilson
K: Blair Walsh
P: Bryan Anger