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Dolphins expected to release ex-Jet Quinton Coples

Quinton Coples during the second half of the

Quinton Coples during the second half of the game between the Miami Dolphins at the New York Jets on Sunday Nov. 29, 2015 Credit: Lee S. Weissman

Quinton Coples will soon be out of job again.

The Dolphins are expected to release the former Jets outside linebacker, according to a source.

A 2012 first-round pick, Coples was waived by the Jets on Nov. 23. The following day, he was signed by Miami. Coples (6-6, 290 pounds) played in just six games with Miami, registering no tackles or sacks.

At the time of his release from the Jets, first-year head coach Todd Bowles called it “a business move.” But it was clear from conversations with people inside the building that there were questions about Coples’ passion for football. His unexpected departure — coupled with a tongue-lashing from Bowles after the team’s 24-17 loss in Houston on Nov. 22 — sent a message to players. And, in turn, the Jets responded with a five-game winning streak, en route to a 10-6 finish.

With the Jets, Coples failed to live up to the lofty expectations set by former head coach Rex Ryan, who likened the former UNC pass-rusher to Shaun Ellis and Trevor Pryce. After registering 5 1/2 sacks as a rookie defensive end, Coples was switched to outside linebacker during training camp in his second year, but it wasn’t the right fit.

Despite his speed and athleticism, he amassed only 16 1/2 sacks in four seasons.— Kimberley A. Martin

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