I am very happy to have Carpenter as our LG. Always wanted a bunch of 300lb hogs out there running opposing DLs down into submission during the 4th quarter and Carpenter is HUGE!!!! As for Colon, i think there was more of a worry of him staying healthy at his age and the way he plays the game. Only worry besides that for Colon is penalties, he definately plays to the edge and sometimes gets flagged for stepping over that fine line. Almost seems like once a game his number is called. As far as play though, I love seeing Colon finish a block by pancaking a DL or LB, you know he gets off on that sh!t.
From the NY POST yesterday. Quinton Coples smiles broadly, like the Cheshire Cat, every time he discusses his new role with the Jets. He has a twinkle in his eye and a “just wait” attitude. After being used more in coverage the past two seasons by former head coach Rex Ryan, the Jets outside linebacker said he expects to return to his pass-rushing roots this season. “It’s great. I think it’s a new opportunity to rush the passer, something I’m passionate about,” Coples said recently. “I’m pretty happy with the role I’ve got and the position I play on this defense.” Coples is so confident about the way he has been told he will be utilized in new head coach Todd Bowles’ system he predicted double-digit sacks. “Ten isn’t good enough,” he said with a cocky smile. “Got to keep going, the highest of the highest. Whatever number is possible. “Sky is the limit.” Coples emphasized he will do whatever is asked, and he did get exposed in coverage during Friday night’s preseason victory over the Falcons. He was beat on a short reception by running back Collin Mooney, who turned it into a 60-yard gain. Afterward, Bowles absolved Coples of blame, saying a miscommunication allowed Mooney to get free. “I still do cover,” Coples said. “I have a lot less responsibility of covering. We have a great secondary, so they don’t really need me as much — if at all.” After all, now that Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine have been added to the secondary, it could be one of the league’s best. Coples hasn’t been a bust since the Jets selected him in the first round (16th overall) of the 2012 draft out of North Carolina, but he hasn’t been a boom, either. He has failed to produce more than 6.5 sacks in a season. He has shown flashes, but has lacked consistency. He was ranked 39th among 46 of the league’s 3-4 outside linebackers by Pro Football Focus — 27th as a pass rusher, 17th in coverage, and 42nd against the run. Those numbers were somewhat down compared to his first year at outside linebacker, when PFF ranked him 31st overall, 38th as a pass rusher, 22nd in coverage and 18th against the run. But, it should be noted, Coples was used more in coverage last season because the Jets were so weak in the secondary. He was asked to line up outside and bump wide receivers. Shortly after the new staff was hired, Coples spoke with Bowles and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers. They both told him they planned to use him on the line of scrimmage much more. “I kind of missed that the past couple of years,” he said. “I was there for the team. It feels good to be back in a natural position that you’re good at.” Coples has a lot riding on this season, which could be his last with the Jets. If he doesn’t take a significant step forward, the team could cut him at no cost, and save the $7.8 million he is due on the final year of the fifth-year option in his rookie contract. The presence of impressive — yet raw — third-round pick Lorenzo Mauldin could make Coples expendable. Coples, however, said he isn’t thinking that far down the line. “I’ve just got to go out and do my job, be productive and help this team,” he said. “If I’m not helping the team win or getting to our goal, which is the Super Bowl, I’m defeating the purpose of everything. “I understand the business side. If that day comes [when the Jets don’t bring him back], you make the adjustments.”
I think the painfully obvious is that we played vanilla offense and defense. new systems on both sides of the ball, basic run and pass plays. If, big IF anyone is slightly concerning it is Cro but watching him play a few years the guy seems to know when to turn it on, makes the big play when needed. preseason seems like he is switched to OFF. Looking forward to next preseason game to see if we incorporate more of the playbook. Most of Atlantas 1st string Offense came on a nice full back wheel route and couples had decent coverage, just turned the wrong way at the end. The fact that Couples was dropping into coverage would suggest that we are experimenting more, going for the win less.