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Jonathan Cooper | Guard

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 311
College: North Carolina
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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. Aug 13 - 3:03 PM

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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.
Aug 11 - 5:54 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.
Aug 7 - 3:08 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.
Aug 3 - 8:56 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.
May 20 - 4:19 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim fully expects LG Jonathan Cooper (fractured left fibula) to be ready for OTAs.

Cooper has progressed without setbacks since going down in August. A full offseason will serve him well after missing his entire rookie campaign. The Cardinals had one of the league's worst run-blocking lines last season, and will be counting on Cooper to help turn it around.
Feb 20 - 5:50 PM

Cardinals LG Jonathan Cooper (fractured left fibula) has resumed jogging and says he's on track to be ready for OTAs.

Cooper fractured the leg in an August 24 preseason game and missed his entire rookie year. The seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft, Cooper's return will give the Cardinals' offensive line a huge boost. Arizona is expected to have a 2014 interior trio of LG Cooper, RG Daryn Colledge, and C Lyle Sendlein.
Jan 6 - 5:31 PM

Cardinals placed LG Jonathan Cooper on injured reserve with a fractured fibula, ending his season.

They're apparently not using I.R./designated for return. Cooper was the seventh overall pick in April's draft and was likely to be the Cardinals' best offensive lineman this year. Don't expect many running lanes in the desert this season for Rashard Mendenhall and rookie Stepfan Taylor.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 02:24:00 PM

The Cardinals are holding out hope first-round LG Jonathan Cooper (fractured fibula) can play later this season.

Per coach Bruce Arians, Cooper's "best case scenario" would be to return in 10-12 weeks. Arians would love for Cooper to play "the last six games or so," because the Cardinals "don’t want him to be a rookie again next year." Cooper is a prime candidate for Arizona's injured reserve/designated for return spot.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 04:46:00 PM

Cardinals rookie LG Jonathan Cooper suffered a fractured left fibula in Saturday night's preseason game.

Cooper is very likely looking at a season-ending injury, but hasn't been ruled out as a candidate for injured reserve/designated for return. Regardless, it's a massive downgrade to an already weak offensive line, and means the Cardinals will be forced to start Chilo Rachal or move one of Levi Brown or Bobby Massie to left guard. Cooper was the seventh overall pick in April's draft.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 01:39:00 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Cardinals are "nervous" about a lower-left leg injury suffered by rookie LG Jonathan Cooper Saturday night.

Cooper was carted off after getting his left leg rolled up following a downfield block. He's already the Cardinals' best lineman, and losing Cooper for any amount of regular season time would be an enormous blow to an otherwise weak blocking group. Cooper was the seventh overall pick in April's NFL draft.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 12:01:00 AM

Cardinals signed No. 7 overall pick LG Jonathan Cooper to a four-year, $14.55 million contract.

Cooper caved and accepted offset language in exchange for expedited bonus payments. As is the case with all top-ten draft picks, his contract is guaranteed for all four seasons. Cooper will be Arizona's Week 1 starting left guard, with Lyle Sendlein at center and Eric Winston at right tackle. The left tackle and right guard jobs are open to competition between several competitors. The Cardinals suddenly have an impressively athletic offensive line, but new coach Bruce Arians has always been a power-blocking proponent. We're not optimistic they'll be an effective run blocking team this year.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 02:11:00 PM

Cardinals first-round pick LG Jonathan Cooper is officially a holdout as he missed the first practice of training camp Friday.

Per the Arizona Republic, "there is no middle ground" in contract negotiations, and the Cardinals will not give in. Rookie GM Steve Keim is insisting on offset language, just like the Titans are of Chance Warmack. (Warmack is also a holdout.) Only three 2013 first-round draft picks have yet to sign their rookie contracts: No. 7 pick Cooper, No. 9 pick Dee Milliner, and No. 10 pick Warmack.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 09:08:00 PM

Fox Sports Arizona's Mike Jurecki reports No. 7 overall pick Jonathan Cooper is seeking a deal similar to last year's No. 7 pick, Mark Barron.

This is typical. Barron was able to get a four-year deal with no offset language, and Cooper wants the same. The exclusion of offset language ensures the player will receive all of their guaranteed money, even if they're cut and signed by another team. It's anticipated Cooper's deal will be done before camp.
Sat, Jul 13, 2013 02:20:00 PM

Cardinals first-round pick Jonathan Cooper continues to line up with the starters at left guard.

The Cards appear set on moving Daryn Colledge to right guard, allowing Cooper to stick at his college position. If Colledge can settle in, the Cardinals' offensive line has a very real shot to improve on last year's league-worst performance. Mediocrity should be their goal.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 11:17:00 AM