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This Sunday, the Dolphins travel to the Met Life Stadium to take on the (5-5) NY Jets in what will likely be an elimination game for the losing team. The Dolphins can't afford another divisional loss if they want to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, and the Jets need the conference win should they tie with a team at the end of the year in the final wild card spot.
Earlier this week, the Jets released their former first round pick LB Quinton Coples, and the Miami Dolphins eagerly claimed him immediately. Coples was selected just eight spots after Ryan Tannehill in the 2012 NFL Draft, and was one of the best edge rushers in his class. However, because the Jets run a 3-4 defensive, Coples never quite reached his ceiling while in New York.
To make room for Coples, the Dolphins waved veteran CB Zack Bowman.
Hopefully, that is about to change, as Coples will likely split time at defensive end coming off of the edge, in his more natural position. Coples will not have to stand up and read plays, which in my opinion was prohibiting him from getting to the quarterback (which is what he does best) while playing under Rex Ryan as a Jet. There is certainly no better time for the Dolphins to bolster their pass rush, especially with Cameron Wake out for the season and the difficulties the Dolphins have had with tackling.
I expect we will see Coples more in his traditional role off the edge as a defensive end, but he is extremely versatile and may be used to cover tight ends. The best part about adding Coples is that he will see the team that released him immediately, and give him a chance to get revenge against the Jets. He will undoubtedly be going after Ryan Fitzpatrick with drive and energy. Pair Coples with Ndamukong Suh, and this Dolphins defense may get the revival it needs.
Thank you New York Jets for Quinton Coples. Let's hope the team can make the most out of the former first round pick.