EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.- For the first three months of the NFL season, former New York Jets first-round pick Quinton Coples had seen his play decline by the week. While he was on the field quite a bit for the Jets earlier in the year, he'd played single-digit reps over the last few weeks.
On Monday, Coples was released by New York, and a day later, claimed by the Miami Dolphins off the waiver wire.
It appears as if Coples' first game with his new team may have him on the field more than he had been all year with his old one. The defensive end, outside linebacker is active for the Dolphins as the team gets set for its second, and likely final, game against the Jets this season. While Coples won't start, he is expected to rotate in-and-out at left defensive end for Miami.
While Coples will play, the Dolphins announced those that wouldn't. Inactive for Miami are linebacker James-Michael Johnson, linebacker Chris McCain, offensive tackle Ulrick John, offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James, receiver Matt Hazel, tight end Jake Stoneburner and tight end Brandon Williams.
For the Jets, cornerback Marcus Williams will start in place of the injured Darrelle Revis. Safety Dion Bailey is the only other inactive Jet due to injury. Quarterback Bryce Petty, receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, guard Dakota Dozier, tackle Ben Ijalana and linebacker Josh Martin will not play due to coach decisions.