With Cooper in the fold, working on OL

Posted by Darren Urban on July 28, 2013 – 1:39 pm

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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7 Responses to “With Cooper in the fold, working on OL”

  1. By samir on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    Do you believe that the seahawks signed schofield just to scope info from him, doesnt that happen alot during training camp?

  2. By Darren Urban on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    Samir —

    RE: Schofield

    I guess that’s possible, especially at his salary. But generally, I think teams are trying to find good players.

  3. By sunday on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    Good news because some fans were being negative about the situation

  4. By Andy Kw on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    -Is there a huge possibility that most of our Free Agent signings (Karlos Dansby, Jaspar Brinkley, Matt Shaug., Yeremiah Bell, Antoine Cason, Jerraud Powers, Chilo Rachal, Lorenzo Alexander) be on the final 53 man roster?

    -Will Lorenzo Alexander be our new Special Teams Captain?

    -Is it possible for Matt Shaug. (Free Agent from Oakland) to switch back to
    Defensive End than playing the Linebacker role?

    -Do you think free agent defensive backs such as Curtis Taylor and Jonathon Amaya will make the cut when the roster cut downs were to happen now?

    -Since we are thin at Safety, will the Cardinals be looking into keeping UDFA Tony Jefferson on the final roster and has he been impressive so far?

    -If Nate Potter were to win the battle at Left Tackle, what would happen to Levi Brown?

    -If Eric Winston wins the Right Tackle spot, what will happen to Bobby Massie and will Winston have a possible contract extension if this plays out?

    -When Daryl Washington Returns from his 4 game suspension, will he be taking over the role of Jaspar Brinkley as starting Middle Linebacker?

    -Will Sam Acho and newly acquired John Abraham be our starting OLBs and Karlos Dansby and D.Washington (when he returns from suspension) be our starting ILBs?

    -Will Robert Gill and LaRon Byrd be our WR4 and WR5?

  5. By Darren Urban on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Questions

    1) Yes.
    2) I don’t know.
    3) Sure. Still an LB right now though.
    4) I haven’t sifted through the possibilities yet.
    5) I think Jefferson needs to do more.
    6) Don’t know right now.
    7) Massie would be the backup and yes.
    8) Doubt it.
    9) I don’t know yet.
    10) Don’t know.

  6. By dieselbomb on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    The OLine has been a problem of some magnitude for the last four seasons – in some instances it has shown-up worse than at other times. This is something closer to a Do or Die proposition seeing that Arians and Keim don’t seem willing to let mediocre play stand. I’m very pleased they’ve made it a priority.

    This season, however, we appear to have enough talent to field a good line. Years past, we had our number ones but were left with little else. The Number Ones weren’t necessarily on par with successful team’s OLines.

    Always hearing that “It’s Won in the Trenches” tells me this no-nonsense approach is overdue and the leverage point for getting the ship turned around and heading in the right direction.

    I’ve got to applaud the effort the coaching staff is putting into this.

    With some weeks to go, though, we aren’t yet pressed to have to find talent to fill OLine holes. I hope we remain injury-free so that sort of scramble won’t have to happen. That’s the other side of the issue – the unpredictability of having to deal with injury down-time.

  7. By ored on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    go figure,play the role of roadrunner on a treadmill then strain hamstring in practice.

    maybe new offensive scheme is slowing down o-line,but they all are learning together so maybe when it starts clicking there will be no laggards.i’m thinking the center position is going to benefit greatly,he’ll now have both guards taking care of business and not babysitting the tackles.

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