Already cut: Quinton Coples, 3-4 OLB
2015 statistics: 15 games played, 286 snaps (209 NYJ/77 MIA), 8 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
Pro Football Focus rankings: 71.6 (overall); 70.6 (pass rush), 73.0 (run defense), 61.9 (coverage)
Coples has been a player who has far under-performed the expectations for him so far in his career. When the Jets originally drafted him in 16th overall in 2012, he was expected to be the pass rusher they had needed to take their defense up another level.
He fell short of that, but was still able to provide a semblance of those skills on occasion. It wasn’t enough for New York though, and Coples ended up on the Dolphins as a part-time player this season due to his inadequacies on the field.
The advanced stats are decently kind to him though, showing a player who could make an impact through a specialized role. He does a decent job against the run and the pass, so he wouldn’t need to be specifically played on any certain down.
Matchup-based usage would likely be the way to go, and a team that has been able to run out a host of different 3-4 OLB options over the years like Green Bay would be as good a chance as any for him to be utilized in the best way possible.
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