Jonathan Cooper on track for a starting job

A top-10 pick of the Cardinals in 2013, offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper has been a major disappointment.

He has started only 14 games over four years, bouncing from Arizona to New England to Cleveland. He’s on track to start up to 16 in 2017.

Cooper is listed as the starting left guard in the new-look Dallas offensive line, replacing free-agent departure Ron Leary. Cooper joins La'el Collins, who replaces the retired Doug Free at right tackle.

Mainstays Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Travis Frederick holding their spots at left tackle, right guard, and center.

Elsewhere on the unofficial, non-binding depth chart, Darren McFadden appears as the No. 2 tailback, which puts him in line to replace Ezekiel Elliott if/when Elliott is suspended. Behind McFadden are Alfred Morris and the recently-signed Ronnie Hillman.

Intriguing tight end Rico Gathers, a converted basketball player who has vowed not to spend another year on the practice squad, sits at No. 4 on the tight end depth chart.

On defense, first-round pass rusher Taco Charlton appears as a No.2 defensive end behind Tyrone Crawford. With David Irving still officially listed as a defensive tackle, however, it’s unclear where actually will Charlton appear in the pecking order of the pass-rush rotation.

Jaylon Smith, who finally has been able to return from a serious knee injury suffered in his final college game, is the No. 3 middle linebacker, and the new starters at cornerback with both Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne gone are Orlando Scandrick and Nolan Carroll.

Rookie Ryan Switzer is the No. 1 kick returner and the No. 2 punt returner, behind Cole Beasley.

It’s all unofficial and subject to change, but it’s an insight into what the Cowboys think of their roster after two weeks in Oxnard and a preseason game in Canton.

25 responses to “Jonathan Cooper on track for a starting job

  1. lol

    and that is why dallas is dalllas and the pats are the pats

    bb gives you every single last chance to make it, but if
    you don’t, you are not going to play on a
    winning team

  2. @ tylawspick6 says:

    And coach Belichick would be able to spell Dallas correctly (with a capital D and only two l’s), but I digress.

    Belichick is a great coach, Brady is a great QB, and the Patriots are a great team. So, why is it that consistently a percentage of Pats fans troll other threads t rub what the Pats have accomplished in others faces?

    This is a Dallas thread talking about Cooper who is on track for a potential starting job. Dallas has a track record of taking highly drafted O-lineman who struggled their first few years, and coached them up to play very well (Marc Colombo, Leonard Davis, Nate Newton to name a few).

    How about you take the advice of your team’s coach, from a Paul Brown quote originally – “When you win say little, when you lose say less”?

  3. jsrdc says:
    August 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm
    @ tylawspick6 says:

    And coach Belichick would be able to spell Dallas correctly (with a capital D and only two l’s), but I digress.

    Belichick is a great coach, Brady is a great QB, and the Patriots are a great team. So, why is it that consistently a percentage of Pats fans troll other threads t rub what the Pats have accomplished in others faces?

    This is a Dallas thread talking about Cooper who is on track for a potential starting job. Dallas has a track record of taking highly drafted O-lineman who struggled their first few years, and coached them up to play very well (Marc Colombo, Leonard Davis, Nate Newton to name a few).

    How about you take the advice of your team’s coach, from a Paul Brown quote originally – “When you win say little, when you lose say less”?

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    because 10 years ago a new commissioner came in via
    jerry jones’s blessing and what jerrah says, goes

    so pats fans have to deal witht cheating owners like yours ganging
    up on our team, framing our team, to distract and strip draft picks,
    with lies, replete with trolling on these boards for a decade

    you deserve every bit and thensome thrown back in your face

    period

    deal with it

    you started it, we’ll finish it

  4. August 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm
    Tylaw……

    Dallas will have a better line than the Patriots and you know it.

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    the greatest ol coach ever with 7 sb appearances and 4 rings, disagrees

    his name is dante scarnecchia

    enjoy learning about things outside dallas

  5. Not that I have anything negative to say about Cooper or Dallas, but anyone can post on whatever thread they feel like.

    You don’t have to be Dallas fan to post here, and furthermore Cooper was on the Pat’s for a while last year.

    So I’m sure some Pat’s fan will chime in…

  6. That O-line won’t be as dominant this year. I see the boys taking a step back with all this hype surrounding them.

  7. also, cooper played in camp or at least attempted to last summer, so
    of course pats fans have an opinion. get it?

    if you can’t make it with scar, you are cooked

    that is the point being made here

    sorry it bothers your delicate sensibilities

  8. tylawspick6 says:
    August 6, 2017 at 1:45 pm

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    because 10 years ago a new commissioner came in via
    jerry jones’s blessing and what jerrah says, goes

    so pats fans have to deal witht cheating owners like yours ganging
    up on our team, framing our team, to distract and strip draft picks,
    with lies, replete with trolling on these boards for a decade

    you deserve every bit and thensome thrown back in your face

    period

    deal with it

    you started it, we’ll finish it

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    Bull.
    Another example of the whiney entitled Patriots fan base losing their minds. You must have forgotten how Dallas and Washington were ripped off by the same commissioner by ‘exceeding the cap in an uncapped year’ (er….wut?) at the behest of John Mara. The loss of cap space prevented Dallas from keeping players the following year.

    Patriots ownership and management were the ones who got themselves their reputation. They did what they did from filming practice to destroying phones. Dallas, Jerry Jones, and the rest of the Cowboys organization had nothing to do with it. Period. You want to deflect blame? Try Mara- Up the street in NYC, never been penalized even for scamming the public on game worn gear, etc.

  9. This an article with the writer’s opinion. It is not an official depth chart for the Dallas Cowboys. There are still 90 players on the roster and until that number goes down to 53, everything is fluid and nothing is official.

  10. “So, why is it that consistently a percentage of Pats fans troll other threads t rub what the Pats have accomplished in others faces?”

    Probably because fans of all 31 other teams troll the Pats threads. Turnabout is fair play. And to be fair its really only a handful of fans of each team that do that.

    Cooper didn’t play well enough to make the Pats last year under Scar, the best Oline coach in the league. Dallas has one of if not the best Olines. Maybe he’ll flourish there, maybe not. Falls under “that’s why they actually play the games” to find out.

  11. jsrdc says:
    August 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    And coach Belichick would be able to spell Dallas correctly (with a capital D and only two l’s)

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    dallas is dalllas <– looks like a typo to me since the first occurrence was spelled correctly. also looks like that poster doesn't capitalize anything…which seems fine because these comments should be about ideas rather than typing skills.

  12. notlistinin says:
    August 6, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Patriots ownership and management were the ones who got themselves their reputation. They did what they did from filming practice to destroying phones.

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    WRONG !!!

    The Patriots never filmed any practices except their own.

    Now about the phone…
    It’s always funny when people make comments where it becomes obvious that they assume that the NFL was cheated out of having smoking gun proof when Brady wiped his phone. It’s obvious that some people lack the 2 working brain cells necessary to figure out that only one phone is needed to see all the messages that were sent between 2 phones.

    When the NFL already has the 2 team owned phones along with the printed phone logs that Brady provided it means that the was no unknown information related to communication on Brady’s phone. Just personal information that the clowns were so disappointed that they would never see.

    It’s always funny reading comments by individuals who were duped into believing that someone should turn over a personal telephone filled with private information to prove their innocence. Guess the dupes all forgot that it’s innocent until proven guilty….not the other way around.

    Was especially funny when the NFL had to admit in court that they had no evidence….meaning the NFL had nothing that proved guilt. Even more funny when you stop to consider that science says that the weather explains why the footballs deflated. None of that seems to stop some from parroting the buzzwords that the NFL fed to the media.

  13. tylawspick6 says:
    August 6, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    you started it, we’ll finish it

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    Sounds like its time to dial it back a bit.

    As a Patriot fan I would ask that other Patriots fans let the Lombardi’s speak for themselves as far as gloating. There is also really no need to be insulting other teams under articles about their teams. If you want to visit articles about other teams then please just talk football.

    But when trolls come to Patriot articles with that “cheating” nonsense…they deserve to be pointed out as the clowns that they are.

  14. factpurveyor says:
    August 6, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    But when trolls come to Patriot articles with that “cheating” nonsense…they deserve to be pointed out as the clowns that they are.

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    I should have said: “cheating” and other nonsense
    Trolls that come with either of those things deserve to be mocked.

  15. I’m looking forward to the day the Patriots come down from this dynasty. Once that happens I swear to troll every Patriots article on here. Of course when that happens Pats fans may change just jump to the next great team. What a joke of a franchise anyways to have 16 years of dominance and only tied Dallas in SB wins. As much I can’t stand the Giants and Eli I appreciate what they did in beating the Pats twice. I know it wasn’t Dallas that did it but it was at least an NFC east team

  16. “I’m looking forward to the day the Patriots come down from this dynasty. Once that happens I swear to troll every Patriots article on here. What a joke of a franchise anyways to have 16 years of dominance and only tied Dallas in SB wins.”

    We get trolled all the time oh the horror of one more person who doesn’t understand football very well trolling on a Pats article.

    And while no other team has ever “only won” 5 Super Bowls in a 16 year period, achieving what no other team has done is somehow a “joke” because the Pats didn’t win more? That’s called a double standard and invalidates any complaint you have about the Pats

  17. “science says that the weather explains why the footballs deflated. None of that seems to stop some from parroting the buzzwords that the NFL fed to the media”

    Wasn’t it like 50 degrees that day?

  18. Harrison hits

    What do you mean no other team has done?

    Been hit with cheating scandals?
    Had to have rules made up for you because the refs erred in the infamous tuck rule game?

    I mean the 9ers won 5 in 13 years which is far more impressive with far less controversy. They didn’t need to have rules made up for them to win playoff games, and certainly didn;t give Joe the protection Brady gets. I think the Patriots are the best team in football, but stop with the attitude that it will go one forever. Once Brady or BB retires the run will be over. Congrats it was good, but still not the best….yet. The Patriots were perennial losers for the first 40 years of existence. They won a grand total of 6 playoff games in their first 40 years of being a franchise.

  19. Pats fans aren’t necessarily trolling any other team’s threads. When we click on the Patriots “Team Page”, links to articles about the team, and often former Patriots players, however marginal, appear. That’s what happened here.

    I can assure you that I, personally, have no interest in what’s happening in Dallas.

  20. co99622 says:
    August 7, 2017 at 11:04 am
    Harrison hits

    What do you mean no other team has done?

    Been hit with cheating scandals?
    Had to have rules made up for you because the refs erred in the infamous tuck rule game?

    I mean the 9ers won 5 in 13 years which is far more impressive with far less controversy. They didn’t need to have rules made up for them to win playoff games, and certainly didn;t give Joe the protection Brady gets. I think the Patriots are the best team in football, but stop with the attitude that it will go one forever. Once Brady or BB retires the run will be over. Congrats it was good, but still not the best….yet. The Patriots were perennial losers for the first 40 years of existence. They won a grand total of 6 playoff games in their first 40 years of being a franchise.
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    You’re right in that less controversy surrounded the great 49er teams, as I don’t recall the media torturing them each day in practice, or many tweets from their players or……wait what, there wasn’t twitter back then? You get the point.

    I’m not gonna knock those great teams, but I do like to argue facts. Like Montana didn’t play in the salary cap era so the team could essential hold onto top talent each year. Montana also played under one of the best, if the the best, offensive mind in football’s history. Montana also played with the best WR of all time (known cheater of stickum right? His words) and greased up offensive lineman. Montana was also a good system quarterback, nothing else, I mean how do you explain Steve Youngs success? You see how this nonsense goes and fees when redirected, it’s pathetic.

    Getting back to facts, the tuck rule, which was a stupid rule and since removed, was already on the books before the highly watched Pats/Raiders game. Do a little research next time, it wasn’t made up on the spot like you and others seem to preach. In fact, the same tuck rule was ruled in favor of the Jets the SAME season in 2001 vs the Patriots, but no one cared because it was a meaningless game to most. Kind of like Carolina/Minnesota heating balls on the sideline during a cold game on national television (do you recall an issue with psi, I sue don’t).

    Lastly, IMO what holds Brady apart from most is that he DID play and win 3 SBs earlier in his career when you could clock the QB, mug WRs, etc, same as Montana. It wasn’t until 2006 when Bill Polish went to the competition committee and complained that we now see the 5yd rule for DBs and more of a passing league.

  21. xxsweepthelegxx says:

    First off I need to do no research. That was a BS call in that game and everyone EXCEPT a Patriots fan knows it. No where was he attempting to pull the ball in and tuck it. He was simply pump faking, got clocked and there you go. A latter point you say QB’s weren’t protected. I mean you are making an argument for Brady that walks up to the ref and whines every time someone touches him. Montana had no tuck rule. If he does that it was a fumble and the 49ers only win 4. As far as Montana being a good system QB….come one man that’s just weak. Young won a SB under Seifert. I know it was a similar system, but the personnel was different. The same argument could be made for Brady. Between all the scandals and the fact that he has played for one of the best coaches of all time he is nothing more than a system QB. I mean Matt f’ing Cassell went 11-5. But, I am not that shallow. Brady is one of the best of all time as well as Montana was. My point to all of it is Patriots won a total of 6 playoff games in 40 years. Stop with narrative that this is the best franchise of all time. That’s ridiculous. Great franchises don’t go 40 years without a championship. You know it, I know it, we all know it. They have had probably the best run in the NFL of all time, but you never know when it will end and if/when it will come back.

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