Coples prepared for Jets

April, 26, 2012
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Quinton Coples knows just how much the Jets needed a pass rusher. In fact, he watched the team on HBO for the 2010 version of "Hard Knocks." He picked up a few more bits of inside information about coach Rex Ryan.

"I'll bring him all the snacks he wants," Coples said in his first interview as a Jet at Radio City Music Hall.

Coples said he got the call from owner Woody Johnson.

"Woody Johnson got on the phone and spoke highly of me and said, 'Get ready to be a Jet, man, and let's go get a Super Bowl.'"

Coples may have made his first misstep early. When asked if he was a fan of Tim Tebow, Coples said he wasn't, but then backtracked pretty quickly, saying that Tebow would be a good teammate.

Reactions to the pick of Coples, a defensive end out of North Carolina, were mixed after his name was called out. Jets fans notoriously pack the venue each year, and a few said they were happy with the pick.

"I think it was an excellent pick," said Sanford Lapsley of Queens. "We definitely needed defense. Hopefully we can get a safety in the next round."

Coples said Ryan put him through linebacker drills during the combine, and could be moved to that role. But he understands his most important job will be rushing the passer.

"I think that's what they drafted me for and I'm looking to get the job done," Coples said.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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