Bruce Arians not impressed wuth Jonathan Cooper’s play

  • Marcus Burnan


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With the seventh overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected Jonathan Cooper, an offensive guard from North Carolina.  Unfortunately, Cooper did not manage to play a down in the 2013 regular season for the Cardinals as he suffered a broken leg in preseason and was put on season ending injured reserve.

The injury is now healed and Cooper is finally ready to take his place as the teams starting left guard.  Sadly for Cooper, he’s not playing the way that head coach Bruce Arians wants him to play.  Speaking to the official Arixona Cardinals website, Arians let it be known he’s disappointed with Cooper.

“I’m a little disappointed with where Coop is at right now,” Arians said, “I’d hope he come a little faster.”

It’s to be expected since Cooper hasn’t played in over a year so the rust may take some time to get rid of.  However, that doesn’t seem to be an excuse that Arians wants to hear, saying that he wants Cooper to ‘pick it up faster’.

“To get back into the speed of the game, he needs to pick it up,” Arians said, per KGME-AM’s Mike Jurecki. “We need to see that special player we drafted last year.”

The Cardinals have rebuilt their offensive line with the addition of Cooper, tackles Jared Veldheer and Max Starks.  The unit is expected to be much improved and Cooper has several ore weeks of camp and preseason games to knock the rust off.

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