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NFL waiver wire: Jaguars should put claim in on Quinton Coples

The Jets released former first-round draft pick Quinton Coples... and the Jaguars should take a look.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars need help along the defensive line. The New York Jets (surprisingly) released Quinton Coples on Monday morning.

Coples was a first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and was considered one of the premier pass rushers in a class that featured Bruce Irvin, Chandler Jones and Whitney Mercilus. The 6'6, 284-pounder however never settled into a consistent role in New York, switching back and forth between defensive end and outside linebacker. And with new head coach Todd Bowles taking the reigns, Coples found himself getting less and less playing time.

The 25-year-old Coples is an interesting prospect who wouldn't help every team, but with a Jaguars defensive line that could use some help at the big end or defensive tackle position, I wouldn't be mad if general manager Dave Caldwell put a claim in.

Coples had zero sacks through the first 10 games of this season, but had a career-best 6.5 sacks in 2014 and a total of 16.5 in the first three seasons of his career.