Mehta: Coples backtracks on complaints over playing time
Two days after Rex Ryan said rookie Quinton Coples had a “woe-is-me” attitude for remaining in Sunday’s game after the other starters were subbed out, the defensive end said that wasn’t how he felt and had anticipated playing the whole game.
“Maybe that’s what it came off as, intensity-wise or whatever,” Coples said. “I never expected to come out.”
“It was one of those situations where it may have looked bad, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t,” the rookie added.
Coples admitted to getting “a little winded” after chasing down running backs and then getting back to the huddle. “It’s just definitely something I need to work hard (at so) it doesn’t come off as I’m tired,” he said.
“I saw him kind of get that puppy dog look,” Ryan said about Coples on Sunday. “The puppy dog barks a lot (too). . . . He’s got some bite to him. He’s gotten three sacks . . . every (preseason) game he’s had a sack.”
After the Jets’ first preseason game at Cincinnati, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine joked that he wanted to put Coples’ game jersey in his practice locker. Becoming a better practice player is something the rookie said he’s working on.
“Practice is big around here,” Coples said. “It’s something very big to the coaches.”
Ryan said he expects wide receivers Santonio Holmes (ribs), Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) and Chaz Schilens (ankle) to all be ready for the opener against Buffalo. Holmes and Kerley played against Carolina; Schilens has been out since the Jets’ preseason opener against Cincinnati. S Eric Smith (knee, hip) has the most worrisome injury to Ryan, and it appears Smith’s chances to play Week 1 could be in doubt. Though he did not specifically discuss return dates for the other injured players, Ryan suggested that TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), DT Sione Po’uha (back) and DT Mike DeVito (calf) should be back for the game against the Bills. He noted that D’Brickashaw Ferguson had a lower back issue during the Panthers game but it does not seem serious.
NICK THE KICK
Ryan congratulated Nick Folk on beating out Josh Brown in the kicker competition. The coach said he thought the fair thing to do was to let Brown go now (he was released on Monday) to give him time to find another team.
With FB/TE Josh Baker tearing his ACL, Keller battling a hamstring injury and Jeff Cumberland trying to overcome a concussion, Ryan intimated that the Jets may look for another tight end. “If there’s a player out there that we think can help our team, we will definitely consider (him),” Ryan said. The Redskins cut TE Chris Cooley on Tuesday but is not expected to become a Jet, according to sources. . . . The Jets were awarded punter Spencer Lanning of waivers from the Browns.
Thankfully practice (we talkin' about practice man..Practice..not a game..not a game..we talkin bout practice man) is big in Florham Park..