Coples benched in minicamp drills

May, 5, 2012
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UPDATE: Rex Ryan, speaking to reporters two hours after practice, said they decided to sit No. 1 pick Quinton Coples in team drills so they could evaluate other players. It wasn't related to an injury or a disciplinary reason.

"He's fine," Ryan said. "There's no injury, there's no nothing. It was just my decision."

Ryan said it's not uncommon to remove players, especially linemen, from drills in a rookie minicamp. He didn't give any reasons, except to say, "We've already evaluated Quinton." Logically, it makes sense because the drills tend to get sloppy and you don't want to risk injury in the trenches, especially to a key player.

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First-round pick Quinton Coples didn't participate in team drills Saturday because of a "coach's decision," he told reporters after Day 2 of the Jets' rookie minicamp.

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.

Rex Ryan doesn't address the media until 3 p.m. This isn't contract-related, according to a source. Sometimes a player will sit out when a deal is on the verge of getting done, but that isn't the case in this situation.

"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."

Coples said he "trusts the staff to make the best decision for me."

Coples, the 16th overall pick, came out of North Carolina with a reputation for inconsistent intensity on the field. By all accounts, he impressed the coaches in Friday's practice. In fact, Ryan raved about Coples, saying he recorded six "sacks" in the non-contact drills.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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