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Jonathan Cooper | Guard

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 311
College: North Carolina
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Recent News doesn't consider third-year OG Jonathan Cooper a viable candidate for the team's center job.
The Cardinals have a hole at center with released veteran Lyle Sendlein thus far refusing to return at a discount, but Cooper is penciled in at right guard. The No. 7 overall pick of the 2013 draft, injuries have limited Cooper to just 10 appearances and two starts. 2015 is shaping up as a make-or-break year for the interior lineman. Apr 6 - 2:44 PM

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Cardinals GM Steve Keim said 2013 first-round OG Jonathan Cooper will play right guard after the signing of LG Mike Iupati.

Cooper was the No. 7 overall pick in 2013 and was even touted as the greatest guard prospect of all time. He missed his entire rookie season due to a fractured left fibula. Cooper then ended up in coach Bruce Arians' doghouse last summer and was beaten out by Ted Larsen and Paul Fanaika for the left and right guard jobs, respectively. He's started just two games through two seasons.
Mar 23 - 8:37 PM

Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist) will be ready for the offseason program.

The No. 7 pick of the 2013 draft, Cooper will enter his third NFL season having appeared in just 10 games, starting two. He missed his entire rookie year with a broken leg, and was slowed in 2014 by toe and wrist issues. "Coop’s just been bad luck," coach Bruce Arians said. "He was starting to play pretty solid. He should be able to get back into this offseason the healthiest he’s been." Cooper will be given every opportunity to earn a starting job next season, but it's far from a given that he nails one down.
Jan 4 - 2:45 PM

Cardinals LG Jonathan Cooper (wrist) has been ruled out of Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Cooper says the injury is "something between a break and a sprain." Ted Larsen will move from right guard to the left side, and Paul Fanaika will slot in at right guard.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 01:37:00 PM

Cardinals LG Jonathan Cooper is dealing with a left wrist injury, and is uncertain for Week 16.

Cooper says the issue is "something between a break and a sprain." He's in a cast, and is uncertain for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Cooper joined the starting lineup two weeks ago, replacing Paul Fanaika.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 03:51:00 PM

Cardinals G Jonathan Cooper will make his first career start Week 14 against the Chiefs.

With Paul Fanakia (ankle) inactive, the 2013 first-round pick will get his first chance at a starting gig. Cooper missed his entire rookie season with a broken left fibula.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 02:40:00 PM

Cardinals second-year G Jonathan Cooper may ride the bench all season.

Cooper, the No. 7 overall pick in 2013, is over his broken leg and turf toe. But Ted Larsen and Paul Fanaika are entrenched at left and right guard, respectively. Both have also been especially bad through three games despite Arizona's 3-0 start. How Fanaika has continued to hold onto his job is beyond us. Larsen is a career backup. Cooper may mentally be struggling to get over his injuries.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians confirmed that Ted Larsen, not Jonathan Cooper, will start at left guard Week 1.

Arians has grown increasingly frustrated with Cooper and isn't afraid to talk about it. "I don't care about draft status," Arians said of the No. 7 overall pick in 2013. "I want to see the results on the field, and Ted Larsen's way outplayed (Cooper)." Larsen is a 2010 sixth-rounder that was picked up off the scrap heap by the Cards in March, allegedly to serve as depth.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 09:17:00 AM

GM Steve Keim said G Jonathan Cooper is dealing with a "significant" turf toe injury.

Cooper is back in practice as he tries to figure out how to play through the pain. The No. 7 overall pick in 2013 has lost the starting left guard job to Ted Larsen. "It's sad because we all have such high expectations," Keim said. "I'm disappointed in the injuries; I'm not disappointed in the player."
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 08:45:00 AM

Cardinals G Jonathan Cooper (toe) returned to practice this week.

The embattled Cooper has decided to play through pain as doctors have assured him his toe can't get worse. He's going to get 20-25 snaps in Thursday's preseason finale. Regardless, Cooper is not expected to start at left guard over Ted Larsen, a massive disappointment for the No. 7 pick in 2013.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:29:00 AM

NFL writer Dan Pompei reports second-year LG Jonathan Cooper "has a ways to go," and could be "beaten out" by Earl Watford for the starting job.

Coach Bruce Arians expressed disappointment in Cooper last week. He's been slow to recover from last year's broken leg and has also battled knee and toe issues this summer. Watford was a fourth-round pick last year but didn't play a single snap as a rookie. Paul Fanaika has a stranglehold on the right guard job. The interior of Arizona's offensive line may be a problem area.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 03:03:00 PM

Cardinals LG Jonathan Cooper is day to day with a toe injury.

"Day to day" might be optimistic, as Cooper had a walking boot on his right foot Monday. The injury comes less than a week after Cooper had his knee drained, and eight days after coach Bruce Arians said he was "disappointed" with Cooper's camp performance. Cooper started Saturday's preseason opener, but likely won't suit up against the Vikings this weekend. The Cardinals are counting on their 2013 first-rounder to be a part of a vastly improved line, but Cooper hasn't given many signs that he'll be an early-season asset.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 05:54:00 PM

Speaking Thursday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said LG Jonathan Cooper has looked better since having his knee drained.

It's unclear when Cooper had his knee drained, but it appears to be within the past week. Arians criticized Cooper's camp last week, saying he was "disappointed." Cooper will be active for Saturday night's preseason opener.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 03:08:00 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said he's "disappointed" with where LG Jonathan Cooper is at right now.

Arians is prone to lauding his players with excessive praise, so it's a red flag to hear him call out a player publicly like this. Cooper has been slow to recover from last year's broken leg, and the staff appears concerned with his work ethic. Arians went as far to say that he wants Earl Watford to push the 2013 No. 7 overall pick for the starting gig. Perhaps the Cardinals' annually sub-par offensive line won't be as improved as we thought it would this season.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 08:56:00 AM

Jonathan Cooper (leg) has taken "all" the snaps at left guard in Cardinals OTAs.

Coach Bruce Arians said Cooper isn't quite 100 percent, but it's extremely good news that he's healthy enough to man his position in voluntary workouts. The No. 7 overall pick of last year's draft, Cooper missed his entire rookie year with a fractured left fibula. The Cardinals need Cooper to help turn around one of the league's worst run-blocking lines.
Tue, May 20, 2014 04:19:00 PM

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