Draft Scout Snapshot: While locker room dissension was the popular explanation as to why the Jets cratered last season, the continued aging of a once-potent defense was at least partially to blame for the fall to .500. The Jets made some immediate upgrades in head coach Rex Ryan's area of expertise by spending three of their first four picks on defensive players in the draft. The Jets, who recorded just 35 sacks last year while allowing 363 points, addressed their pass rush by selecting defensive end Quinton Coples in the first round (16th overall) and outside linebacker Demario Davis in the third round. The Jets also added valuable depth to a thin and injury-prone secondary by picking safety Josh Bush in the sixth round. BEST PICK: Defensive end Quinton Coples: Comes with his share of detractors after a relatively quiet senior season, but the instant connection between Rex Ryan and Coples at the latter's Pro Day bodes well for Ryan's ability to get the most out of Coples, who had 17.5 sacks in his last two years at North Carolina. The Jets badly need a legitimate pass rusher and Coples could become the first Jets player to record double-digit sacks since John Abraham since 2005. - The Sports Xchange
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12/24/12 - DE Quinton Coples recorded the second multi-sack game of his career Sunday when he sacked Philip Rivers in the first quarter and shared a sack with Garrett McIntyre in the third quarter of the Jets' 27-17 loss to the Chargers. Coples had two sacks against the Colts on Oct. 8.
12/19/12 - DE Quinton Coples recorded his fourth sack of the year Monday night when he took down Titans QB Jake Locker in the third quarter of the Jets' 14-10 loss. Coples, whom the Jets selected in the first round of April's draft, has a sack in two straight games.
10/17/12 - DE Quinton Coples, who initially notched 1.5 sacks in the 35-9 win over the Colts on Sunday, was credited Wednesday with an additional half-sack by the Elias Sports Bureau. Coples and Aaron Maybin originally split the sack of Andrew Luck on the Colts' next-to-last play from scrimmage. The sacks were the first of Coples' NFL career.
10/14/12 - DE Quinton Coples recorded the first sacks of his NFL career when he was credited with 1.5 sacks in the Jets' 35-9 win over the Colts.
09/20/12 - LB Quinton Coples (illness) was added to the injury report Thursday but participated fully in practice and should be fine for the Dolphins game on Sunday.