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center_img “He’s a natural athlete so it doesn’t matter right side, left side,” Arians said. “I’ll go in and watch the tape, but he’s been extremely — he’s got a smile on his face a lot, that’s a good thing.”Cooper is in a much better place now than he was this time one year ago, both physically and mentally.When asked if his lineman has gained a better sense of how to “gut out” injuries and play through them, the coach responded yes, but added that Cooper was legitimately hurt.“You can’t gut out broken bones unless you’re Jack Youngblood, then the coach gets sued these days,” he said, with a smile. “Back then it was cool. I think he appreciates being healthy.”If all goes according to plan, Cooper will slide into the right guard spot this season, solidifying it for the foreseeable future. The Cardinals have spent a considerable amount of resources to shore up the rest of the line, including big-money free agent contracts as well high draft picks.The goal was to build one of the best blocking units in the NFL, and right now, Cooper said the important thing is the group is building camaraderie and coming together. What remains to be seen, he noted, was whether or not they can fulfill their potential and be great. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img

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