The New York Jets could be getting a shot in the arm this weekend as outside linebacker Quinton Coples completed a full week of practice this week, while Jeremy Kerley and Muhammad Wilkerson are expected to play Sunday when the Jets host the Buffalo Bills. Quinton Coples underwent surgery on his ankle during the preseason, which has kept him out of the team's first two games. The front seven has been dominant for the Jets so far and Coples will only strengthen the unit. Muhammad Wilkerson put a scare into the team when he was carted off the field last week, and Jeremy Kerley is recovering from a concussion.
The New York Jets are off to a 1-1 start this season and may be close to getting some key players back in the lineup. Quinton Coples was able to get through the entire week of practice this week and is listed as probable for Sunday's game versus the Buffalo Bills. The Jets don't necessarily need to beef up their front seven, but Coples will do just that. Given the success of the defense with Garrett McIntyre and others filling in, don't expect the Jets to rush Quinton Coples into full-time duty right away.
Quinton Coples is expected to have a big season after showing flashes of his potential last year. His unique combination of size and athleticism makes him a great fit as an outside linebacker for Rex Ryan, as Ryan can get creative and set up some favorable one-on-one matchups to generate pressure. The Jets have already shown the depth of their defensive front in the absence of Quinton Coples, now they can show their true power.
Muhammad Wilkerson is listed as probable for this weekend, which is also good news after he went down late in the game against the New England Patriots. Offensively, the Jets have cleared Jeremy Kerley to play, which is big news for Geno Smith. Jeremy Kerley is one of the most underrated receivers in the NFL when healthy and will be a major help to the depth of the team's receiving corps.
Along with that, Santonio Holmes should be expected to grow into a larger role as he continues to recover from his Lisfranc injury. The most respected wide receiver on the team, his presence will only help Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley and Clyde Gates moving forward. Taking pressure off of those receivers should create more opportunities for Geno Smith.
Most haven't noticed yet, but the Jets could be in very good shape if they can pull out a win against the Bills on Sunday. The team played two tight games to open, splitting a win and a loss. Even though the team dropped a division game to their AFC East rivals in New England, the close loss could serve as a confidence boost moving forward, especially as the team gets key pieces back on the field.
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