Bowles views Coples a lot like Geno Dan Leberfeld

Phoenix – This is a big year for Jets DE/OLB Quinton Coples.

He is entering his fourth year, and is still attempting to carve a niche in the NFL.

Coples needs a breakout year, a statement year, if you will.

What does Todd Bowles think of the Jets’ 2012 first round pick?

“You see potential,” Bowles said in Phoenix today. “You see potential. He’s a lot like Geno, so to speak. You see him make plays, and then you see him do other things at times. He can make strides this year and become a better player. Everybody can become better players. Guys that had decent years, that think they had better years, probably. Everybody has to become a better player, especially our younger guys who have to come along, and our older guys have to prove they can still do it.”

One problem for Coples in his development was being moved around too much by the previous coach. He wasn’t allowed to settle in at one position, and grow.

So does Bowles view Coples as an outside linebacker or defensive end, the two spots he manned for the previous coaching staff.

“I really have to see what he can do,” Bowles said. “Right now he can play some outside, he can play some D-Line. I have to see what he’s better at. He was moved around a lot. I have to get him out on the field and see what his strengths are. He will do a little bit of both until I can see what he is.”

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