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Bills tried to claim Quinton Coples as well

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The Miami Dolphins claimed former New York Jets outside linebacker Quinton Coples off waivers on Tuesday. The Dolphins were not the only AFC East team to try to grab the pass rusher, with the Buffalo Bills putting in an unsuccessful claim.

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The Miami Dolphins lost to the Buffalo Bills twice this year and are sitting at 4-6 on the season. Those losses, as well as the other four, helped Miami beat Buffalo in a minor battle on Tuesday: the claiming of defensive end/outside linebacker Quinton Coples. The New York Jets waived Coples on Monday, giving up on the team's 2012 16th overall draft pick and a player who never seemed to fit the Jets' defensive scheme. According to Field Yates, the Dolphins and Bills were the only two teams to put in waiver claims on Coples.

The pick-up for Miami re-unites Coples with the general manager who drafted him, Miami Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum, who then held the Jets' GM position. If he had landed in Buffalo, he would have been re-united with his former head coach Rex Ryan, who now holds the same position with the Bills.

The Dolphins are in need of pass rush assistance this year after All-Pro defensive end Cameron Wake tore his Achilles' tendon earlier this season. Coples, who has a proto-typical 4-3 defensive end size and talent, has struggled in the Jets' defense, where he was used as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Miami could look to plug him into the lineup as early as this weekend, when they face the Jets.

Coples has eight tackles and a fumble recovery this year in ten games played, with two starts. The Dolphins waived cornerback Zack Bowman to make the roster space for Coples.