Notes: Coples off to fast start

May, 4, 2012
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No. 1 pick Quinton Coples came away from his first practice thoroughly impressed with his performance. He said he didn't make any mental errors, claiming he had absorbed every bit of the defense that was installed.

And that made Rex Ryan smile.

"This is one practice and he has like four defenses in," Ryan said Friday after Day 1 of minicamp. "Our library is a little more extensive than that."

But, hey, you have to like the kid's confidence, right?

The Jets expect big things out of the defensive end from North Carolina, the 16th overall pick. It's tough to evaluate linemen in non-contact drills, but Ryan said he was impressed with Coples' effort, noting he outran teammates in pursuit drills. Coples recorded six "sacks" in team drills, according to Ryan.

They plan to use Coples in different spots, but they kept him at defensive end in the base, allowing him to flip sides based on the offensive formation.

After he was drafted, Coples was given 10 DVDs by the coaching staff, a breakdown of the Jets' defensive fronts from the entire 2011 season. He said it took him five days to get through the DVDs.

Coples arrived with high expectations, saying it's his objective to show "that I can compete at the highest level, that I can compete on the national stage, and that I can help the New York Jets win a Super Bowl."

NO WORRIES: Second-round WR Stephen Hill doesn't have to worry about his contract anymore. On Thursday, he agreed to a four-year, $5 million deal, becoming only the second player in the draft to sign.

"It's definitely getting it off your mind," Hill said. "Not being worried how much money you are going to make, because it's not really about that. It is about going out there and playing football, so that’s why I wanted to get it over with and get on the football field and get to work."

Ryan was impressed with Hill's first day, but he did something out of character -- he actually tried to downplay expectations.

"It is rare for rookies to come into this league and really have an impact as a receiver," Ryan said. "It really takes years. Jerry Rice was a back-up his first year. I'm not going to say he's going to do it right away, but ... I know he’s got that desire and all that. It will be interesting to see how quickly he can progress."

Joey Clinkscales, the VP of college scouting, made a Rex-like proclamation during the draft, saying Hill has Calvin Johnson-like athleticism.

COLEMAN REUNION?: The Jets were one of three teams Thursday that expressed early interest in CB Drew Coleman, who was cut by the Jaguars. Coleman played with the Jets from 2006 to 2010. Coleman appears intent to test the free-agent market. Likewise, the Jets had no immediate plans to sign him, but he's a down-the-line possibility.

TEBOW'S PLACE: This was the first time the media were allowed in the locker room, so I can bring you this breaking news: Tim Tebow's new locker is located next to TE Josh Baker, 10 lockers away from QB Mark Sanchez. Given the size of the Jets' locker room, that means they're in the same area code.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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