Although the Jets ultimately fell to the Lions, 26-17, Friday night in Detroit, like most preseason games the score is rarely indicative of the overall play of the team. Each team had a few mental errors and miscues throughout the contest. And like most games, there were certain players that just could not avoid the spotlight.
Coples finished the night with four tackles and recorded a sack on backup Shaun Hill after
“Sometimes you get those quarterbacks that break,” Coples said. “It was great pressure by Barnes so he scrambled out and I was there to cover up.”
While Coples was one of the top performers on defense, the former first-round pick was more interested in dissecting what plagued him throughout the game rather than what had earned him praise.
“I think my play on the line was good. Sometimes I got a little high with my pad level and my leverage,” he said. “That’s something I’ve been working on and will continue to work on. As far as the defense overall, I think we played pretty well. There were some mental errors that gave them the opportunity to score."
Friday’s game marked the first Quinton Coples has played without the “rookie” label next to his name, something that made this year’s opening game a little easier to handle. He noted some obvious differences in his game now compared to last year’s preseason opener.
“Overall, I think it’s all about knowing the system, knowing the plays and understanding the defense better now that I’m two years in,” he said. “I think that takes a lot of pressure off you. You can just go out there and play your game and know what you’re doing.”
Coples has been playing with a full array of confidence, using his athleticism to overwhelm offensive linemen and lock opposing runners in his powerful grasp.
“I’m more physical,” he said, “I react faster, I see things a lot quicker and mostly I’ve caught up with the speed of the game.”
He showed no signs of any postgame hangover during today's practice, using his closing speed to run down