Through the season’s first two weeks, the one area where the Jets have shown positive signs is on the defensive side of the ball—particularly up front. The Jets’ young stable of defensive lineman led by Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson have silenced many of the doubters that expected to see Gang Green get exploited by their competition on a weekly basis.
Well, that defensive front got even more impressive today when second year defensive end Quinton Coples rejoined the team on the practice field for the first time since fracturing his ankle on August 17th in a preseason game against the Jaguars.
The Jets are expecting a big year out of Coples this season after an impressive rookie campaign in which Coples led the Jets with 5 1/2 sacks.
Although Coples played almost exclusively at defensive end last year, the Jets were experimenting with Coples at outside linebacker during training camp before the second year player went down with a fractured ankle.
There is no definitive word yet on Coples status for Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, but given that he was back on the field Monday, it’s looking pretty good for Coples to be on the field against the Bills.