The New York Jets waived former first-round draft pick Quinton Coples on Monday. The defensive end never fit with Jets head coach Todd Bowles' defensive system, and they gave up on their 2012 16th overall pick. The Miami Dolphins, who face the Jets on Sunday, were awarded Coples' rights in a waiver claim on Tuesday.
The Dolphins are in need of pass rush talent, and Coples, who should be a 4-3 defensive end not a 3-4 defensive end or outside linebacker as he was with the Jets, could assist in replacing All-Pro Cameron Wake, who is out for the season with an Achilles tear. Add in the bonus of Coples coming to Miami days before the Dolphins face the Jets, and bringing with hi mall of the knowledge about the Jets' defense, and Miami was almost in a must-claim type of situation.
Coples has 16.5 sacks in his career, along with 111 tackles, five pass defenses, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. In 10 games played this year, starting twice, Coples has eight tackles with one fumble recovery.
Coples was drafted by former Jets general manager and current Dolphins Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum.
No corresponding roster move has been announced to make the roster space for Coples.