Bears RB Matt Nagy reportedly ‘giddy’ about RB Tarik Cohen
In the early goings of the 2017 NFL season, Chicago Bears rookie running back Tarik Cohen burst onto the scene as one of the most electric young players in the league. He had shown an exciting playing style between his quick and deceptive speed out of the backfield that had enamored many around the NFL.
Although his production cooled off due in large part from Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard further establishing himself as the clear-cut starter, he continued to show flashes of much promise. With that in mind, new head coach Matt Nagy has voiced his excitement about the opportunity to coach Cohen next season. (h/t Rotoworld)
“The coach struggled to contain his excitement when talking about the sophomore playmaker. “He runs every route the right way. He catches most balls. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Nagy said. “He’s a player that, for me, you get giddy about.”
There is much to be excited about for Nagy as he has the chance to utilize one a unique talent in the backfield that has shown that he can be a productive offensive factor in multiple facets of the game. He is a difficult matchup for defenders in the passing game as a receiver while his speed and shiftiness as a runner make it difficult for defenders to slow him down at times in the running game.
On top of all that, he has also shown to be a highly effective returner on both kickoffs and punts in his brief NFL career. In fact, he has already returned a punt for a touchdown in just 29 career attempts. There are undoubtedly many different ways he can be best used by the team that makes him a valuable asset to the Bears’ offensive game plan.
What these comments from Nagy signals most is that Cohen will be a significant factor in the offensive game plan for Chicago in the 2018 campaign.