Jonathan Cooper favorite to win LG job with Cowboys

AP

The Cowboys drafted left tackle Tyron Smith with the ninth overall choice in 2011, center Travis Frederick 31st in 2013 and right guard Zack Martin 16th in 2014. Right tackle La’el Collins was projected as a first-round choice in 2015 but went undrafted for reasons out of his control. Jonathan Cooper, who could win the starting left guard job, was the seventh overall pick of the Cardinals in 2013.

Despite concerns about Doug Free’s retirement and Ron Leary’s departure in free agency, the Cowboys could start four first-round draft picks and a projected first-round pick on their offensive line this season.

Cooper so far has not lived up to expectations, playing in only 24 games in three seasons in Arizona before being traded to New England. The Patriots waived him, and he played only five games for the Browns. Cooper signed with the Cowboys on Jan. 4 for the postseason. He re-signed in March.

“It’s always [good] to start over fresh,” Cooper said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “Fortunately, there was the brief time I had last season here. No matter how long you’re in the league, I don’t think it ever gets old to go to a new team. It’s always like the first day of school. You have to learn your new people, get in your little cliques if you will and just get a routine, learn your area. So it never gets old. I guess you just adapt quicker the more years you have [in the league].”

The Cowboys moved Collins from left guard to right tackle, where Free retired after last season. Cooper has worked with the first team at left guard, making him the favorite to win the job, though he will have to beat out Chaz Green. Green, the oft-injured former third-round pick, moved from right tackle.

10 responses to “Jonathan Cooper favorite to win LG job with Cowboys

  1. justkeepinitclassy says:
    Jun 20, 2017 2:44 PM
    The rest of the NFCE approves this move.
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    I know people are going to hate but….no one wants to see 5 projected 1st rounders on a line, even if one of them has not lived up to expectations. I guarantee you playing next to Smith and Frederick will make him look a lot better.

  2. Maybe. And just Maybe Chaz Green or someone else may have something to say about that during training camp–when the pads come on is when the true litmus test begins.

  3. The guy was cut by the Browns, who had a terrible offensive line last year, and now he’s going to start for Dallas? Hilarious! If he’s starting, Zeke and Dak are in big trouble.

  4. co99622 says:

    I know people are going to hate but….no one wants to see 5 projected 1st rounders on a line, even if one of them has not lived up to expectations. I guarantee you playing next to Smith and Frederick will make him look a lot better.
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    Spin it all you want but both New England & Cleveland cut Cooper and now the Cowboys are projecting him to start. That should hardly fill you with confidence.

  5. NE got Him and a 2rd draft pick in a trade and for Chandler Jones. Injuries got Him cut there. Well the Browns are the Browns, He didn’t want to be there, they picked Him up when NE released Him. If healthy He could be great, but thats a big if on His health.

  6. If Dante Scarnecchia gives up on you, it’s not a good sign. An offensive line coach for 40+ years usually knows what to look for in NFL offensive linemen.

  7. A heck of a lot of ignorance in these comments regarding why Cooper has failed so far in his NFL career. Hint: it hasn’t been because he just “isn’t any good”. It doesn’t mean he’ll make good this season with Dallas…but it also doesn’t mean he won’t. Dude was the highest-rated OG prospect in a solid decade, so he has likely has something to offer.

    Also, it isn’t as if Dallas is counting on him. It’ll be on open competition between 3-4 guys. And yes, LG is the least important position on the Dallas OL, because it both is less important in general and because it fits between Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick.

  8. Cooper is utter garbage… He never was the same after a severe leg break his rookie year. Since AZ is playing Dallas this year, I am Praying that he starts up front for Dallas, AZ’s Defensive Line will easily destroy Cooper. Cooper is consistently on the ground. And it sounds like their isn’t much behind him either. I am not sold on Collins at RT either. I think the Cowboys line is going to have some real struggles this year with Free & Leary no longer on payroll.

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