Jonathan Cooper likely to get first crack at Dallas guard job

The Cowboys brought Cooper in after losing Ronald Leary in free agency to get a shot at the starting guard slot.

| 3 weeks ago
(Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

(Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Jonathan Cooper likely to get first crack at Dallas guard job


  • After losing 1,997 snaps from last year, there is opportunity on the Dallas Cowboys offensive line. La’el Collins is reportedly taking over at the right tackle spot, and reports are that Jonathan Cooper will have the chance to start at guard.
  • After being drafted seventh overall in the 2013 draft, Cooper has failed to live up to expectations. The Cowboys are his fourth team in a year, after stints with Arizona, New England, and Cleveland.
  • In 592 pass-protecting snaps, Cooper has allowed three sacks, three hits, and 21 pressures.
  • Comparatively, in 473 pass-blocking snaps in 2016, Leary allowed four hits and 21 pressures
  • Leary has outperformed Cooper significantly as a run-blocker the past few seasons, but if the latter can continue his trajectory of improvement, Dallas will have saved resources without a dramatic dropoff in performance

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  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

    if collins AND cooper find their hidden potential that line will be so crazy, lol. like it’s potentially laughable how good it could be

    • Paradox

      I wouldn’t bet on it. Plenty of good organizations have tried and failed to develop Cooper, including legendary O-line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

      • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

        furshur, he was ok in cleveland though and has a chance to shine sandwiched between two all-pros

      • Andre Taylor

        With all due respect to Dante Scarnecchia, Cooper has never played with 3 ALL-PRO offensive linemen. I think the issue with Cooper starting from being drafted 7th overall in 2013 to Arizona. Then getting injured, his confidence went to the crappier. As a former D1 college football player, after not starting until my junior season. My confidence took a beating, especially my 2nd year. Because i thought id put so all the work in to beat the other guys competing for the starting DE position. Playing with 3 other great players will only build his confidence, to the point where Cooper can be a decent LG.

    • Andre Taylor

      Agreed

  • John Lindauer

    Cooper’s “improving trajectory” makes this an interesting possibility. La’el Collins will be better at Tackle than Guard. (Watch his highlights – everything good happens in space, not in traffic.)

  • Andre Taylor

    One of the most difficult things for some prospects to do once they get to the NFL, is dealing with not being the ALPHA and basically starting over. Also Arizona runs a zone-blocking scheme, which isn’t Coopers strength. Not to mention that the right side of their line was well below average. Playing on a line with 3 ALL-PRO’s, and another very good lineman in La’el Collins, learning how to prepare, different technique and LT Tyron Smith and C Travis Fredrick able to cover up some of his possible mistakes. Cooper can regain his confidence and live up to his 1st round draft position.