Report: Jonathan Cooper “healthy & moving around quite well”
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Jonathan Cooper was one of the most sought after offensive linemen coming out in 2013. The Arizona Cardinals were impressed enough with him to make him their first round selection (7th overall) in the draft that year.
Unfortunately for Cooper, he broke his leg against the San Diego Chargers in the preseason, which wiped out his entire rookie season, immediately putting Cooper behind the 8-ball.
Cooper’s bad luck with injuries followed him last season. He suffered a turf toe injury in the preseason. He’d end up playing 10 games (two starts), but then he broke his wrist late in the season.
In talking to head coach Bruce Arians all last season, and asking him about Cooper, it was clear as day that Arians was upset that Cooper wasn’t out on the field more and contributing. After all, the team spent a first round pick on Cooper, so it’s not a stretch for them to want more from him.
Arizona went out and secured Mike Iupati in free agency, to man what was thought to be the position Cooper would play for years and years – left guard. With that move, it’s expected that Cooper would move to right guard if he’s healthy.
Fox Sports 910 Cardinals insider Mike Jurecki is “hearing” that Cooper is indeed “healthy and moving around quite well” in Arizona’s off-season workouts, which is good sign for him and the Cardinals.
ICYMI Hearing Jonathan Cooper looks healthy & moving around quite well at RG in the off-season workouts. He was dragging his leg last year.
— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) May 11, 2015
If that’s the plan for Cooper to man the right guard position, it’ll be a fight for that spot, knowing how much Arians loves to see his players compete for it. Cooper will most likely have to fight it out with a combination of guys: Ted Larsen, Anthony Steen and Earl Watford. A.Q. Shipley played some right guard when he was with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013, so he could potentially be in the mix, depending on how the battle at center goes with him and Larsen.
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