If Jonathan Cooper ends up winning the starting left guard job, the Cowboys will essentially have first-round talents at all five offensive line positions.
Arizona selected Cooper with the seventh overall pick in 2013. But things didn’t work out there or during his next two stops in New England and Cleveland. He signed with the Cowboys in January.
Many penciled him in for the left guard spot after La’el Collins started working at right tackle. Cooper, however, was getting more than just left guard work during the offseason program.
He spent the majority of organized team activities and minicamp getting reps as the second-team center. The Cowboys would like him to have position flexibility at all three interior positions.
All-Pro center Travis Frederick isn’t going anywhere, but Cooper could be an option if Frederick suffers an injury.
Cooper said he has some experience playing center in college at North Carolina, but nothing to the extent he’s been practicing recently.
“Now getting it in heavy doses, it’s definitely very different,” Cooper said. “It’s forced me to try to be a more cerebral player, not just know my assignment and the guys beside me but to see the bigger picture of things. That’s a lot to take on, but I feel like each day I’m becoming more and more confident.”
Cooper said he’s been getting valuable advice from Frederick, a three-time Pro Bowler.
“It’s more technical than you would think,” Cooper said. “You think it’s just going straight back and it’s all good, but you got to make sure the ball hits the quarterback’s hands correctly, you have to be moving at the same time. It’s not a two-part…
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