Loser: Offensive Guard Jonathan Cooper
Cooper underwent offseason MCL surgery and missed all the Niners’ offseason workouts prior to training camp. The idea was he’d be ready to go for training camp, but that’s not the case. Cooper started off camp on the physically unable-to-perform (PUP) list, which doesn’t bode well.
As a result, Garnett has been seeing the first-team snaps at right guard, which gives him a leg up in the competition.
San Francisco brought Cooper in because of his mobility and scheme fit in Kyle Shanahan’s outside-zone blocking system. Yet if there’s a knock against Cooper, it’s his injury history. He broke his leg his rookie season back in 2013, suffered a wrist injury the following year and then a knee injury in 2015. He also had a foot injury early in 2016.
It’s anyone’s guess whether or not Cooper will be ready in time for Week 1 of the regular season. In the meantime, the Niners are likely to lean harder on Garnett, not Cooper, starting at right guard in 2018.