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Jonathan Cooper | Guard | #61

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 311
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (7) / ARZ
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Including the playoffs, Cardinals RG Jonathan Cooper was benched for the final seven games of the season.
Cooper missed two games with a knee injury, and was then banished to the bench because Ted Larsen was "playing better," in the words of coach Bruce Arians. The No. 7 overall pick of the 2013 draft, injuries and ineffectiveness have limited Cooper to 11 total starts through three seasons. With Larsen heading to free agency, Cooper should get another shot at a starting job, but it's far from a guarantee he earns it. Jan 26 - 6:59 PM

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Cardinals RG Jonathan Cooper (knee) returned to full practice Wednesday, but he is not expected to regain his starting job from Ted Larsen.

"Ted’s playing better," coach Bruce Arians said. "[Cooper’s] tough, he’s athletic. He’s just continuing to grow. Right now we don’t have time for the growth, because Teddy’s got more experience and he’s playing better." Cooper has struggled to stay on the field since Arizona made him the 7th overall pick of the 2013 draft, and he has not been particularly effective even while playing.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Cardinals RG Jonathan Cooper (knee) is expected back for Week 12, but may not regain his starting job from Ted Larsen.

Cooper has struggled to earn coach Bruce Arians' respect since coming into the league, and wasn't playing at a high level before going down in Week 10.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 02:39:00 PM

Cardinals RG Jonathan Cooper (knee) is expected to miss Week 11.

Cooper has been an every-week starter after struggling to get on the field as a rookie. It's a bad week for him to be sidelined with LG Mike Iupati dealing with a neck issue, but Iupati is now expected to play. Ted Larsen will fill in on the right side of the interior.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 04:05:00 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians praised RG Jonathan Cooper's conditioning on Tuesday.

Cooper broke his leg in his rookie year training camp, and it appeared to remain an issue last season. Cooper also dealt with wrist and toe issues as a sophomore. Finally back to full health, Cooper has the inside track on right-guard duties.
Tue, May 19, 2015 02:00:00 PM

Cardinals RG Jonathan Cooper has looked healthy in his offseason workouts.

Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 said Cooper is "moving around quite well," a noticeable difference from last season when he "was dragging his leg." Now two years removed from a broken leg, Cooper should open 2015 as Arizona's starting right guard.
Sun, May 10, 2015 12:36:00 PM

AzCardinals.com 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.
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 02:44:00 PM

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.
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 08:37:00 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.
Sun, Jan 4, 2015 02:45:00 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