9. Marcus Cooper, week 2 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After this game, many speculated the Cardinals may have found their guy. They found the cornerback to start opposite of Patrick Peterson.
Rookie Brandon Williams didn’t play well in week one. Insert Marcus Cooper in week two and it was like night and day.
Cooper ended up having two interceptions of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. One of the interceptions was returned 60-yards for a touchdown. The other was returned 23-yards.
Sure, the ball bounced in the right spot for Cooper to pick it off but the fact was he was there. He was part of the dominant defense that afternoon that held the Bucs to just seven points.
Cooper also had five tackles on the afternoon. Unfortunately he only had two more interceptions the remainder of the season. He was slowed by a couple of injuries down the stretch.
He never missed a full game but never seemed to play with the consistency he showed in the Tampa Bay game. Now he will likely need to compete for the starting job in 2017.