Camp gives Cooper “plenty of time”

Posted by Darren Urban on June 24, 2014 – 10:24 am

All along, Jonathan Cooper was going to play it smart.

The guard did participate in all of the offseason work as the first-unit left guard, just as was planned. Coach Bruce Arians raised a couple of eyebrows at the end of minicamp when he said it as “obvious” Cooper was “not the athlete he was last year at this time and I wouldn’t expect him to be.” Such is the downfall of coming back off a broken leg (and doing it at 312 pounds, which isn’t simple.) But Arians also finished his statement with a very important qualifier: “He has plenty of time to get there.”

Cooper knew it was going to take a while to get back to normal. In a lot of ways, the offseason was a perfect jumping off point for Cooper. He could ease back into the flow of the offense and starting without the punishment and rigors of actually playing offensive line. By the time Cooper has to really start hitting people in pads a few days into training camp, my guess is he’ll be in a much better place. The Cardinals have zero doubt that a) Cooper will be ready by the time games count for real and b) that Cooper will be able to perform like the former first-round draft pick that he is.

The Cardinals are counting on that left side of the line. Between Cooper and Jared Veldheer at left tackle, they represent two well-planned for pieces in GM Steve Keim’s rebuilding of the offensive line. Cooper, yet to play a regular-season down, must still prove himself. But barring another injury, I don’t see health being an impediment as the Cards move into the 2014 season.

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6 Responses to “Camp gives Cooper “plenty of time””

  1. By Alex on Jun 24, 2014 | Reply

    Thank you very much Darren! I love reading your articles!

  2. By Andy kw on Jun 24, 2014 | Reply

    If Jonathan Cooper is not a full go yet, I would not mind seeing Paul Fanaika/Ted Larsen in his place. I would rather have Cooper at full power than have him possibly injure himself when he is not back to full speed.

  3. By Eric G on Jun 24, 2014 | Reply

    No part of last season was more frustrating than his injury, even more than Honey Badgers only because it was preseason and he was the #1 pick. Glad he’s almost back and I can’t wait to see what the line looks like this year.

  4. By rod on Jun 25, 2014 | Reply

    Barring another injury…don’t say that Darren!

  5. By Yee on Jun 25, 2014 | Reply

    The Bird gang are looking Solid this year ! 12-4 this year #letsgetit

  6. By br in nc on Jun 30, 2014 | Reply

    This is the beginning of many many years of Coop starting his journey to numerous probowls, and eventually ROH induction, hope he is a Cardinal for life!! Of all the so called non skill positions and picks, I have a feeling everyone will look back (many years from now) and rate Cooper as one of the best “non-skill position” picks that SK ever made, if not the best! Additionally, I think Ellington will be rated as one of the best “skill position” picks for SK, 2013 draft may even be debated many years from now as one of SK’s best overall drafts, one thing is for sure, he set the bar pretty high with his first draft, still early but with 3 starters already, then you have Taylor, Massie, Watford, Jefferson all soon to be starters, or key contributors, this 2013 draft class is shaping up to be a “doozie” of a draft class, top to bottom!

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