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GLENDALE Ariz — Jonathan Cooper says hes ready

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Jonathan Cooper says he’s ready to go.The Arizona Cardinals’ left guard has not played in a game since breaking his leg in the team’s third preseason game last August. After finally getting a chance to step back on the field at University of Phoenix Stadium and practice with his team, he declared himself ready to go.“It was awesome,” he said after day one of training camp. “I felt a little better than I did at OTAs, a little bit more comfortable. I think it just helped to be able to read and react, not be thinking so much. Just go out there and play, it felt pretty good. – / 22 “It’s exciting, just trying to play for the guys beside me and having fans there, that definitely boosts the morale of the practice,” he said. “It felt great to get out there.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   “It will definitely be a different story once pads get on, then it will be the true test. But for now, I’m pleased.”For sure, Cooper will not really be able to know how ready he is until he is asked to hit somebody and, in essence, do the very thing that led to his injury in the first place. He’s had plenty of time to get ready for and think about this moment, having spent all of last season on Injured Reserve unable to contribute.But now he’s back and expected to solidify a revamped offense line. The seventh pick in the 2013 draft out of North Carolina, the only questions surrounding Cooper are related to his health, not his ability. Cooper added that Saturday was his “litmus test” as far as telling how far he’s come in his recovery, and since he felt great then, he’s excited to continue forward with his progression, with the next step being putting the pads on and dealing with contact. Only then will he know he’s truly back.That will happen Monday. Until then, just as it was Saturday, Cooper and the team will go through practice without pads on but in front of fans. It’s the first time that’s happened for him since the injury. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Noel Mazzone, Former UCLA and current U of A OC The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2017, file photo, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California in Los Angeles. Every quarterback prospect in the upcoming NFL draft has a major flaw or drawback that keeps them from being the consensus best one of the bunch. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) “(Mazzone) ran up to me at practice and said you’ll be back in three years, this guy is special,” Keim recalled on Doug & Wolf’s show a couple hours before Mazzone came on. “I sort of followed Josh throughout his career, and the rest is history, as they would say.”Did Mazzone mean it, or was he just trying to hype up his new recruit to a friend?“Actually, I did,” he said.Related LinksCardinals view Josh Rosen’s outspoken personality as a plusWhat’s next? Six second-round targets for the CardinalsThe Gambo 5: Second round Cardinals prospects in NFL DraftGM Steve Keim: Cards drafted future QB without mortgaging futureHe said Rosen has the ability to see the big picture and slow down the game. Mazzone saw it immediately – in Rosen’s very first collegiate game, the true freshman threw for 351 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 80 percent of his passes.UCLA beat Virginia 34-16.“You got a guy out there in his first game in the Rose Bowl against Virginia that he’s manipulating defenders, moving defenses and doing things that sometimes you have guys you coach for four years and they still can’t do that,” Mazzone said.Rosen’s ability to read the defense before the snap and make adjustments comes back to one attribute Mazzone continued to reference: his intelligence.He said things come easy to Rosen, who would frequently ask why the offense was doing something or offer different ideas.center_img 1 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Why they’re doing something and offer different solutions or to check other plays. Mazzone thinks his offense bored Rosen.“He needs to be challenged and the more you challenge him, I think the moment’s never too big for him,” Mazzone said.Second RoundMazzone was an offensive coordinator at Texas A&M over the last two years before moving to Arizona with Kevin Sumlin, who’s now the Wildcats head coach.At A&M, Mazzone got to work with wide receiver Christian Kirk.Mazzone said he would “100 percent” recommend the Cardinals drafting the receiver from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale.“It’s probably a long list of All-Pro receivers … that get taken in the first round,” Mazzone said. “I think any team that gets Christian is going to be extremely happy.In two seasons under Mazzone, Kirk caught 154 passes for 1,847 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also scored seven touchdowns as a kick and punt returner during his three-year college career. – / 97 It was only one season, but Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen impressed then-UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone in 2015.“This has been 35 years of doing this, and he was the most impressive freshman quarterback, or young quarterback, I’d ever been around,” Mazzone said on Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Friday.It prompted him to tell Cardinals general manager Steve Keim about the true freshman. Mazzone and Keim are friends, and Keim visited the UCLA practice field when Mazzone worked for the Bruins. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more