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Jets waive former first-round pick Quinton Coples

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The New York Jets are giving up on Quinton Coples.

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In a surprise move, the Jets have waived Coples, the team's first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Coples appeared in 10 games this season, making two starts. He had eight tackles, one fumble recovery and zero sacks.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Jets didn't view Coples as a fit for Todd Bowles' system and that the team decided early on about his future.

Bowles added in his Monday presser that as a mid=sized pass rusher, Coples "got caught up in the tweener status" and that his release was "a business decision."

Coples, 25, played a season-low five snaps in Sunday's loss to the Texans. Coples set a career high with 6.5 sacks last season -- and had a respectable 16.5 sacks in his first three seasons -- but he was unable to win over Bowles and a new brain trust that had nothing to do with making him the 16th overall pick in 2012. The Patriots selected Chandler Jones (34 career sacks) five picks after Coples came off the board.

Coples' size and athleticism should allow him to find another job, with Rex Ryan and the Bills serving as the most likely landing spot. Coples remains a player with potential -- the Jets were just done waiting for it to come through.

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