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Tarik Cohen | Running Back | #29

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/26/1995
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 179
College: North Carolina A&T
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 4 (119) / CHI
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Tarik Cohen caught 8-of-9 passes for 55 yards in the Bears' Week 2 loss to the Bucs, adding seven carries for 13 yards.
Last week's waiver wire sensation now has eight catches in each of his first two NFL games, though he didn't quite lead the Bears in targets today. Those honors fell to Kendall Wright. Cohen also committed an extremely costly turnover in the first half, foolishly picking up a bouncing punt in the midst of an army of Bucs. Cohen out-touched Jordan Howard 15-9, and out-gained him 68-7. Howard was spotted after the game with his right arm in a sling. The two running backs were briefly on the field together in the first half. Now established as a weekly threat to lead the Bears in targets, Cohen deserves legit RB2 consideration in PPR leagues. Even were Howard to miss time, pint-sized Cohen at 5-foot-6 might not pick up a ton of extra carries. Sep 17 - 5:07 PM

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Tarik Cohen rushed five times for 66 yards and caught 8-of-12 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' Week 1 loss to Atlanta.

Not only did Cohen rip off several highlight-reel plays including a tackle-breaking, field-reversing 46-yard run and a wheel route for a 19-yard score, he led the Bears in targets and was only narrowly out-touched by Jordan Howard, 16-13. Howard didn't help himself by dropping the would-be game-winning touchdown catch on Chicago's final drive. Cohen is going to be one of the hottest pickups in fantasy this week. He looks to have already earned a near-even timeshare with Howard, and passing-game competitor Benny Cunningham left this game with an injury.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: 65% of Mike Glennon's passes went to TEs and RBs. He’ll likely continue to favor short passes and checkdowns to those positions, which boosts Cohen’s full PPR appeal. The Bucs were poor against pass-catching backs in 2016, ranking 26th in DVOA, per FO.
Sep 10 - 4:00 PM

Tarik Cohen collected five yards on one carry Sunday in the Bears’ third preseason game.

Beat writers have suggested Cohen could play a major role in the Bears’ ground attack this season, but that wasn’t the case on Sunday. He was mostly a spectator while Jordan Howard and Jeremy Langford got most of the Bears’ early-down work. Cohen will be a name to watch on the waiver wire if Howard gets injured at any point.
Aug 27 - 4:32 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs gives fourth-round RB Tarik Cohen "a real shot" to have the second-most carries on the Bears.

Jordan Howard is the undisputed lead back, but Cohen put himself in a great position to be his primary backup with 77 yards on 11 carries in the second preseason game. As long as he proves serviceable as a pass blocker, Cohen should have a rookie role as a third-down and change-of-pace option.
Aug 24 - 11:45 AM

Fourth-rounder Tarik Cohen rushed 11 times for 77 yards in the Bears' second preseason game.

With Jordan Howard sidelined, Cohen got the start, coming out of the gate extremely hot. He gained 16 yards on his first carry, added another 16-yard run on the next series, and went for 25 the drive after that. His most impressive run may have been a nine-yard gain in which he pressed inside before turning on the jets and beating everyone to the corner. Cohen looks like a real talent, and he should provide a great change-of-pace option behind Howard.
Aug 20 - 12:04 AM

According to ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson, "many would agree" fourth-round pick Tarik Cohen "has been among the most impressive performers" at OTAs and minicamp.

Dickerson says Cohen has "a real opportunity to carve out a role on offense" behind Jordan Howard. At 5-foot-7, 179 with 4.42 speed, Cohen is a stylistic complement to 230-pound Howard, who led all NFL running backs in dropped passes (8) last season. Cohen had 98 receptions in college and could cut into Howard's passing-game workload along with ex-Rams RB Benny Cunningham.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 1:19 PM

Bears coach John Fox expects fourth-round RB Tarik Cohen to help out on third down.

"He's a joker back," Fox said. "I think third down, it's just another matchup, this game's about matchups." With great speed and video game moves, Cohen can present matchup problems on passing downs, but the Bears signed Benny Cunningham to fill the same role. Even if he beats out Cunningham for the third-down job, Cohen's fantasy upside is capped behind Jordan Howard.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 8:38 AM

Bears signed fourth-round RB Tarik Cohen and fifth-round OG Jordan Morgan.

A superstar in the FCS MEAC for North Carolina AT&T, Cohen enters the NFL at 5-foot-7, 179 pounds. He put silly moves on film, but will be making one of the toughest transitions for any player in the draft. In a best-case scenario, Cohen becomes a Sproles-ian back for Chicago.
May 11 - 6:16 PM

Bears selected North Carolina A&T RB Tarik Cohen with the No. 119 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Cohen (5’7/179) became the first-ever three-time MEAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2016, capping his prolific career with an 868-5,619-56 (6.47 YPR) rushing line and 98 receptions. He ran for 200-plus yards four times as a senior. Nicknamed "Human Joystick" for his incredible stop-start moves, Cohen is obviously size deficient and faced sub-par competition but ran without any fear in college and electrified on screens and perimeter runs. He blazed 4.42 in Indy. While Cohen lacks NFL feature back traits, he offers dynamic all-purpose potential in the Darren Sproles mold. In this entire draft class, Cohen was maybe our favorite player to watch on college tape.
Apr 29 - 12:49 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Mike Glennon
2Mitchell Trubisky
3Mark Sanchez
RB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
3Benny Cunningham
4Taquan Mizzell
GLB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
3RB1Tarik Cohen
2Benny Cunningham
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Kendall Wright
2Markus Wheaton
WR21Deonte Thompson
2Josh Bellamy
3Tre McBride
WR31Markus Wheaton
TE1Dion Sims
2Zach Miller
3Adam Shaheen
4Daniel Brown
LT1Charles Leno
2Bradley Sowell
LG1Kyle Long
C1Cody Whitehair
2Hroniss Grasu
RG1Josh Sitton
2Tom Compton
RT1Bobby Massie
2Tom Compton
K1Connor Barth