Various sources have confirmed that New York Jets first round draft pick Quinton Coples had been told to remain out of 11-on-11 drills during today’s rookie mini-camp:
Jenny Vrentas / The Star Ledger:
Coples was suited up for practice today and took part in individual drills, but he was on the sideline for the team period. The defensive end said he was not injured. He called it a “coach’s decision” to keep him out.
Rich Cimini / ESPN:
Coples, who watched the 11-on-11 drills from the sideline with helmet in hand, said he had no idea why he was told to sit out. He said he’s not injured; he participated in individual drills.
“They told me to sit out and that’s what I did,” the former North Carolina defensive end said.
Asked if he questioned the decision, Coples said, “There’s no time to question it. This is the NFL. If the boss says sit down, sit down. That’s what I did.”
Manish Mehta / Daily News:
On the second day of rookie mini-camp, the coaches kept him on the sidelines during 11-on-11 team drills. Coples participated in individual drills before watching 11 on 11s on Saturday.
“They told me to sit out and that’s what I did,” Coples said. “There’s no time to question it. This is the NFL. If the boss says sit down, sit down. So that’s what I did.”
Was Coples, who said that he wasn’t injured, curious why he wasn’t participating in team drills?
“I am,” Coples said. “I trust the staff. They (made) the best decision for me. And I’ll move forward from there.”
Coples was considered a top ten pick going into the 2012 draft but questions about his attitude and motivation on the field while at the University of North Carolina caused his draft status to decline. The Jets ultimately selected him with the #16 overall pick.
In the past the Jets have held out players from practice who were on the verge of signing a contract. This might be what is behind Coples absence as he remains unsigned even though second round pick Stephen Hill already has a contract. Given Coples reputation the benching does raise some “red flags” but Coach Ryan had nothing but praise for Coples after day one of practice, so this being a disciplinary move seems unlikely.
Ryan is set to address the media at 3 pm today after practice. He will surely be giving an explanation as to why Coples was held out of specific team drills.