Alabama’s Coker Happy To Get NFL Opportunity With Arizona Cardinals

Former Alabama quarterback Jake Coker went undrafted in the NFL Draft, which was surprising because many experts believe he has what it takes to be a successful NFL quarterback. Despite the setback, the former Alabama signal caller will get a chance to play in the NFL after signing a contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Coker will get a chance to compete for the backup quarterback job on a team that has one of the best NFL odds of winning the Super Bowl, which is an ideal situation for him if he makes the team.

Coker, who is 6 feet and 5 inches tall, is the prototypical quarterback, and his success as a starter for Alabama, where he won the national championship last year, led industry experts to project him as a middle round pick. However, Coker was not invited to the NFL Combine, and surprisingly wasn’t drafted.

After signing with the Cardinals, Coker told reporters that he was led to believe he would be a Day 3 pick, but it never happened. Despite the setback, Coker is happy to be in Arizona, and said he loves the coaching staff and the players, who have been very welcoming.

In Alabama’s 45-40 victory over Clemson in the national championship game, Coker threw for 335 yards and 2 touchdowns. Coker, who grew up in Alabama, said he was an Alabama fan when he was a kid, so it was very special for him to be able to lead the team to a national championship. For the team, winning the championship was something they were especially proud of after being written off by the media when they lost to Ole Miss in week 3.

Coker said it was funny to look back at the season because the Crimson Tide had so many doubters, and the team knew they had their backs against the wall because they couldn’t afford to lose another game, and they were able to prove their doubters wrong. Interestingly, the Crimson Tide won the national championship at the University of Phoenix Stadium, which is the home of the Arizona Cardinals. When it was pointed out to him, Coker said Arizona has been good to him and he hopes to have more success in his new home.

Coker has made it through the team’s rookie mini-camp and Organized Team Activities, which are the first two stages of their offseason program. Now, he is at the team’s mini-camp, which is the last official workout rookies will get with the veteran players before training camp begins. Coker said the offseason workouts have been good, he said he was just trying to get better and learn everything as fast as possible so he will be ready when training camp begins.

Coker said it has been fun to be in the same quarterbacks meetings with Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, and Matt Barkley, and it has been fun to watch the veterans work. Since Palmer is the starting quarterback and Stanton has been named the second string quarterback, Coker will be competing with Barkley for the third string job. Barkley currently has the advantage because he has been in the league longer and has started a few games, but Coker believes in his abilities and feels he can earn a spot on the roster before the season starts.

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