Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen

26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Chicago Bears
PUP-R
Injury Knee - ACL
Est. Return 1/2/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Cohen's 2020 season lasted three games before a collision on a punt return resulted in a torn ACL, sidelining him for the rest of the year. Heading into his fifth NFL campaign, it's not clear where the pass-catching specialist fits into Chicago's offense. David Montgomery established himself as a three-down weapon in Cohen's absence, and the team added another versatile backfield option in Damien Williams during the offseason. That creates a lot of competition for targets, even if Cohen is still the best of the trio at that aspect of the game. On the bright side, the Bears' passing game as a whole should be improved, or at least more consistent, with first-round pick Justin Fields and veteran Andy Dalton replacing the scattershot Mitchell Trubisky at the top of the QB depth chart. Plus, the front office didn't add any other significant receivers to the mix at wide receiver or tight end, instead banking on improvement from WR Darnell Mooney and TE Cole Kmet. Assuming he's 100 percent recovered from his knee injury, Cohen offers speed and elusiveness in the open field that no one else on the roster can match, even if his lack of size or power means he needs to gain most of his yards before contact, not after a defender has gotten their hands on him. Read Past Outlooks
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#176.08
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$Signed a three-year, $17.25 million contract with the Bears in September of 2020.
Rehabbing after setbacks
RBChicago Bears
Knee - ACL
December 1, 2021
Bears head coach Matt Nagy wasn't optimistic when asked Wednesday about a potential 2021 return for Cohen, who has suffered setbacks in his recovery from a torn ACL, even requiring an additional surgery, Adam Jahns and Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic report.
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Nagy noted that Cohen has stuck around the team facility and remained aggressive in his rehab effort, though it may not pay off for the running back this season given the need for a second surgery. Cohen is now about 14 months removed from the initial ACL injury, which he suffered Week 3 of the 2020 season.
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Sunday, Dec 5th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
77.0
 
Cornerbacks
84.1
 
Safeties
63.4
 
Linebackers
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Measurables Review
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Height
5' 6"
 
Weight
196 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.42 sec
 
Vertical Jump
31.5 in
 
Broad Jump
118 in
 
Bench Press
11 reps
 
Hand Length
10.13 in
 
Arm Length
29.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Along with the rest of the Chicago offense, Cohen was a major disappointment last season. He failed to make much of an impact on the ground, and his efficiency as a receiver took a significant step backward with his eight drops being a major eyesore, though some of that can be blamed on Mitchell Trubisky's inaccuracy. Cohen still has tremendous elusiveness and wheels in the open field, and he landed among the league leaders in top recorded speed when he hit 21.42 mph on a 71-yard punt return in Week 5. On the other hand, his lack of size (5-6, 191) and power becomes apparent when defenders do get their hands on him, as his average of 1.2 yards after contact last season would've ranked last if he had enough carries to qualify. The Bears brought in offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and veteran QB Nick Foles to help fix the passing game, additions that should benefit Cohen given his consistent passing-down role. That could allow him to return to something closer to the 8.0 yards per target he managed in 2018, rather than last season's ugly 4.4. Meanwhile, David Montgomery seems locked into the early down role, and whatever window Cohen might have had to prove he could be more than just a scatback appears to have closed.
The scatback saw his role in the Bears' offense increase in 2018, as his reliability as a receiver and game-breaking speed and elusiveness in the open field gave the team a dynamic element it didn't have from anyone else on the roster. That might have been only a teaser for another step forward in 2019. Chicago shipped Jordan Howard to Philadelphia, and while the team signed Mike Davis from Seattle and traded up in the draft to grab David Montgomery in the third round, Cohen could be headed for a bigger role on the ground after failing to see triple-digit carries in either of his first two NFL seasons. The offense as a whole remains focused on its aerial attack under former Andy Reid assistant Matt Nagy, and that's the area in which the undersized back excels. He finished sixth in receptions among running backs last year, and if the offense is more efficient and productive in its second season under Nagy and third year with Mitchell Trubisky at the helm, there should be even more targets available for Cohen. He fell just short of 1,200 scrimmage yards last season, but there's a path to him surpassing that number this year.
Cohen exploded out of the gate with triple-digit scrimmage yards twice in his first three NFL games, but his production dwindled as the season progressed, mainly because the whole offense was sluggish under rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the unimaginative John Fox and Dowell Loggains calling shots. Fox is gone, replaced by former Andy Reid assistant Matt Nagy, and while that should bode well for the unit as a whole, Cohen especially could benefit from an increased focus on the passing game. The 5-6 scatback is unlikely to ever handle a workhorse role, but his speed and elusiveness make him dangerous in the open field, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him top the 53 catches and 353 receiving yards he amassed in 2017. Jordan Howard remains firmly in the lead role for the Bears, but Cohen has the talent and potentially the opportunity to make an impact as the passing-down complement.
A fourth-round pick in this year's draft, Cohen joins a crowded Bears backfield but has a clear role available to him as a pass-catching threat and third-down option. Cohen caught 62 passes over his final two seasons in college, and his 4.42 40-yard dash time as well as exceptional elusiveness and vision mark him as a player who can rip off big gains if he gets the ball in his hands in the open field. At just 5-6, 179, he may not be much use between the tackles, and despite his skill set as a runner he has limited experience returning kicks. As a change of pace from Jordan Howard, Cohen could prove to be effective with a handful of touches per game, or maybe more than a handful depending on how quickly Mitchell Trubisky takes over under center and starts looking for check-downs.
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Goes on reserve/PUP list
RBChicago Bears
Knee - ACL
August 31, 2021
Cohen (knee) reverted to the reserve/PUP list Tuesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Not close to practicing
RBChicago Bears
Knee - ACL
August 3, 2021
Cohen (knee) may be weeks away from practicing, Mark Grote of WSCR Radio reports.
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Moves to PUP list
RBChicago Bears
Knee - ACL
July 25, 2021
Cohen (knee) was placed on the preseason PUP list Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Held out of minicamp
RBChicago Bears
Knee - ACL
July 8, 2021
Cohen (knee) didn't participate in June minicamp and looked "a bit stiff" walking around with his right leg wrapped, according to Mark Grote of WSCR Radio.
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Joined by Damien Williams
RBChicago Bears
Knee - ACL
March 26, 2021
The Bears have signed Damien Williams to join Cohen (knee) and David Montgomery in the backfield, ESPN reports.
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