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Jonathan Cooper | Guard | #65

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 311
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (7) / ARZ
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Jonathan Cooper lined up at right guard in offseason practices.
Cooper spent time on both sides in Arizona, but was primarily on the right last season. Cooper blames the rookie leg break he suffered in 2013 for the rough start to his career. Acquired in the Chandler Jones trade, Cooper will be given every opportunity to win a starting job in New England. Jun 21 - 1:45 PM
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The Patriots declined OG Jonathan Cooper's 2017 fifth-year option.

Cooper doesn't have much to show for his three-year career thus far, and being that he was a top-ten pick, the option would have out him on the books for $11.9 million in 2017. New England is hoping to revive Cooper's career, but that's too hefty a sum at this point. Cooper needs to win a job first.
May 2 - 6:36 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said OG Jonathan Cooper was more than just a "throw-in" when the Cardinals traded him to New England in the Chandler Jones deal.

"He's still the athlete that we drafted," said Arians. "I still think he's going to be one heck of a player." Arians has always been a good judge of talent and we believe him when he says Cooper is "tough as nails." A brutal leg injury in 2013 sapped Cooper of some of his athleticism but a fresh start in New England might be just what the doctor ordered. Tre Jackson, Josh Kline, and Shaq Mason will be his primary competition for playing time at guard this upcoming season.
Mar 25 - 1:54 PM

Patriots acquired OG Jonathan Cooper and the No. 61 overall pick of the draft from the Cardinals in exchange for DE Chandler Jones.

The No. 7 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Cooper's Cardinals tenure never got going, due in large part to injury. He missed his entire rookie year with a broken leg before suffering all manner of minor ailments. He began 2015 as the Cardinals' starting right guard, but was benched for backup-talent Ted Larsen. The Cardinals were considering moving Cooper to center before dealing him. The Pats had one of the league's very worst interior lines in 2015, so Cooper will be a candidate at all three spots. Cooper turned 26 in January. It's no guarantee he saves his career in New England.
Mar 15 - 2:55 PM

The Cardinals have discussed moving Jonathan Cooper to center.

Cooper began 2015 as the starting right guard but lost his job to Ted Larsen halfway through the year. Incumbent C Lyle Sendlein is a free agent and beat writer Kent Somers doesn't see Arizona making a push for Alex Mack. Some draftniks viewed Cooper as a better fit at center than guard coming out of UNC.
Mar 2 - 4:03 PM

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

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

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