- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- With Quinton Coples slated for a medical procedure on his ankle Tuesday, the New York Jets are shuffling the depth chart in anticipation of their preseason game against the New York Giants on Saturday night.
Ryan did not have any further details, but reiterated that Coples would be out indefinitely. Although Antwan Barnes is listed under Coples on the depth chart at outside linebacker, Ryan announced that Garrett McIntyre would take over Coples’ job for the time being.
“He challenges guys,” Ryan said. “In the game, we had a corner cover a running back and Garrett had to cover the wideout in the slot. [He] never flinched, just got the job done, even though that wasn’t an ideal situation for us. Garrett’s just a guy [who’s] smart, knows the defense, we can plug him in a lot of different spots and he does a tremendous job. “
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound McIntyre had 3.5 sacks for the Jets in 2012, with 35 combined and 24 solo tackles. It’s a big leap for McIntyre, who at age 29 kept his football dreams alive after college playing in the Arena Football League and in Canada.
“Unfortunately, Q went down,” McIntyre said. “My job is to be able to play both OLB positions, our Sam and our rush. So Q went down, the next guy’s got to step up.”
Barnes (6-1, 251) will be brought in to rush the passer.
“I started when I was in San Diego,” Barnes said. “I started seven games, so I’m pretty much used to it. It’s all about going out there and doing it.”
Damon Harrison, who has been filling in for defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis as he rehabs his injured back, said that Ryan likes to have all the defensive players familiar with all the other roles in their vicinity.
“That’s just something that he stresses for everybody,” Harrison said, “to know what everyone else is doing on a particular play so just in case something like that does happen, anybody can fill in for everyone.”
McIntyre and Barnes said they had seen Coples in and around the facility getting treatment and that he seems to be doing well.
“He’s in good spirits,” McIntyre said. “He’ll be all right, he’s going to be back quick.”