Jonathan Cooper will be here soon now that he has a contract, and it sounds like it couldn’t have come at a better time with Bruce Arians clearly not happy with the way his offensive line has looked thus far.
Arians said it was too early to truly worry about such things — this afternoon was the first time the team practiced in pads, after all — but he’s also looking at it from a fresh perspective and not of say, a fan who has been frustrated with recent offensive line play. There is probably a method to the madness as well, since with so many options on the line, every player knows a quick hook is possible.
“There’s no excuse right now making the mental errors we are making on offense,” Arians said.
Nevertheless, having Cooper in the fold is a detail that can only help going forward. Eventually he will be in place as the starter. Who will line up next to him, well, that story has a long way to go.
— A reinterpretation of a rule will help Cooper get on the field right away in pads. Rookies used to have to be in camp two days before putting on pads, regardless of when they signed. Not anymore.
— The Cardinals claimed TE Mickey Shuler off waivers. He had been cut by Buffalo and GM Steve Keim said the Cards had been looking for depth at the position.
— Arians said WR Robert Gill would probably miss seven to 10 days because of a hamstring strain. It’s the same hamstring that was bothering Gill early in the offseason and kept him out of some workouts.
— If you want to ask a question of LB Lorenzo Alexander, send it via Twitter to @AzCardinals with the hashtag #Take5Lorenzo. It’s all part of a new video feature called Take 5. The first one will be up soon, with QB Carson Palmer.
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