NFL training camp: Chilo Rachal taking advantage of the absence of Jonathan Cooper

Sam Greenwood

The veteran is working hard to overcome the adversity from last season

When offensive lineman Chilo Rachal was signed this offseason, many fans didn't like it. After all, this was the guy that was beat out in San Francisco by Adam Snyder, the man who was released this offseason after playing disappointingly in 2012.

However, with first round pick Jonathan Cooper not signed yet, Rachal finds himself at the top of the depth chart at left guard.

After last season, when he was suddenly demoted to the bench with the Bears, then the story was that he left the team, which led to his being placed on the non-football injury list. His season was over. It was a strange situation that he recently addressed.

But now he is making strides, as noted by Darren Urban on the team's web page.

Cardinals offensive coordinator and main offensive line coach Harold Goodwin noted how Rachal is coming along. "Obviously we would love to have Cooper in here," Goodwin said. "Hopefully he gets his butt here sooner than later. But Chilo is progressing really well and he's been positive every day and he's trying to learn and get better every day."

He was a player that looked like would be nothing more than a veteran camp body. Now, even though Jonathan Cooper will eventually sign and eventually be the starter, Rachal easily could make the team if he keeps things up.

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