FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Quinton Coples expects to make things a bit more miserable for opposing quarterbacks this season.
The New York Jets are moving Coples to outside linebacker after he had a solid rookie season at defensive end. The team’s first-round draft pick last year out of North Carolina confirmed the position switch Thursday during the Jets’ first open locker room media session since last season.
Coples led New York with 5 1/2 sacks while playing defensive end and defensive tackle as a rookie.
“I feel good,” Coples said. “I think it’s definitely going to open up more opportunities for me to get to the quarterback and also show my athleticism and coverage.”
Coples played at 290 pounds last year and says he will be between 280 and 285 this season – still a bit bulky for an outside linebacker whose main job is to rush the passer. The Jets clearly think Coples will be able to make a seamless transition and be effective in a role that New York needs someone to step up in.
Around the league
Baltimore: General manager Ozzie Newsome says the Ravens have agreed to a two-year deal to re-sign offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.
McKinnie, 33, is an 11-year veteran who has played the past two seasons with Baltimore. He played his first nine seasons with the Vikings.
Kansas City: The Chiefs released quarterback Alex Tanney, who spent time on the team’s practice squad but never made the active roster.
New York Jets: Defensive end Claude Davis and cornerback Cliff Harris were cut a day after they were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.
The two players, who were signed to reserve-future contracts in January and never played for the Jets, were arrested Monday night in Morristown, N.J., after an officer noticed the vehicle they were in was filled with smoke.
Tampa Bay: Warren Sapp is the newest member of the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor.
The four-time All Pro defensive tackle will be honored on Nov. 11 at Raymond James Stadium, a little over three months after Sapp will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 3.
“His accolades and accomplishments peak for themselves,” Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said.