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Jets will use Coples as 3-4 end

Ryan will resist urge to use pass rusher as outside linebacker. Terry McCormick

Print This April 27, 2012, 05:34 PM EST

The New York Jets drafted what many considered to be the best 4-3 defensive end prospect available Thursday night in Quinton Coples.

So what will the Jets, who run a 3-4 scheme, do with Coples, whom they selected 16th overall? Rex Ryan says New York will play Coples at end in the 3-4 and expect him to rush the passer from there, according to the New York Daily News.

“He’s probably athletic enough to stand up and play linebacker,” Ryan said. “(But) that’s not what we brought him here to do.”

Instead, Coples, who spent time as a 4-3 defensive tackle as well for North Carolina, will help beef up the interior pass rush along with Muhammad Wilkerson, who was once Coples' teammate at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.

“It is a lot harder to rush a passer from a 3-4 end,” Ryan said. “Some guys cause production. I think Quinton and Muhammad both cause production.

“It’s tougher down there. We were at our best when we had a guy like Shaun Ellis moving inside and rushing the passer. . . . The old saying was that the tackle’s job was to push the quarterback back and the outside guy’s job is to push the quarterback forward. With this addition, we’ll push that quarterback back a little bit.”

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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