Quinton Coples was released by the Rams on August 29th and hasn't drawn a ton of interest from teams since then. It's a bit surprising to see that, especially when you realize that Coples is just 26-years-old and has plenty of time to turn his career around. The former first round pick just needs another chance with a team who will be able to utilize him effectively. Here are five reasons why the Bills should try to sign him as soon as possible.

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1. He's familiar with Rex Ryan's system

We already know that Coples would be a perfect fit in a Rex Ryan defense because he's already played several seasons under the head coach. Ryan knows that Coples is a versatile player capable of succeeding at both defensive end and linebacker. Now Rex just needs to get Coples back to help him resurrect a career that peaked with his solid 2013 performance. After all, Rex Ryan is the king of giving out second chances.

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2. Reggie Ragland out for the year

The Bills second round pick was supposed to play almost every snap on defense before partially tearing his ACL in practice. Coples would give the Bills some flexibility at the position and add some depth where the Bills desperately need it.

3. Shaq Lawson will miss significant time after surgery

The Bills have more than one draft pick who will miss a lot of time this season. Shaq Lawson will miss at least six weeks, leaving the Bills with much thinner depth at the linebacker and defensive end positions.

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Who could be better to fill that void than Coples, who is versatile enough to play both positions effectively? 

4. The Bills have weaker defenders behind their starters

Brandon Spikes hasn't played Football in a year and will be a major liability in pass coverage. The popular fan favorite is an excellent run stuffer, but doesn't quite have the skills to cover players who are a little bit taller and faster than he is.

At 6 foot 6, Coples has the size and the talent to effectively shut down any wide receiver or tight end who challenges him. The Bills also only have Leger Douzable listed as their second defensive end. Coples is far better and would add significant depth to a thin position where third round rookie Adolphus Washington is currently starting.

5. Lorenzo Alexander is currently a starter

Alexander has looked solid in preseason but I'm not ready to give him my full endorsement yet.

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He's bounced around the league quite a bit since 2005, playing with five different teams before landing with the Buffalo Bills. He's got plenty of experience in the NFL, but there's a reason why everyone was surprised when Alexander was named a starter.

6. He'll be highly motivated

At this point, Coples is struggling to just make it in the NFL. He was cut by a talented Rams team who decided that they didn't need Coples.

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Now the defender will just be looking for another chance to prove himself and he will likely take a cheap contract to do it. There's no better landing spot than Buffalo, where Rex finds plenty of uses for versatile players like Coples.

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