Bears’ Tarik Cohen may not get as many touches in 2019
Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen shouldn’t be classified as a back; he’s an all-around weapon who contributes whether he’s returning kicks, running the rock, passing the ball, or catching passes. He even went to the Pro Bowl in 2018 for his abilities as a returner. The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs answered questions about Cohen’s usage, and he suggested a slightly different role will be in store for the all-around weapon:
Tarik Cohen has a different skill set as a wide receiver and might not get as many touches as he has at running back. He’ll still be handed the ball, but the Bears want to use draft pick David Montgomery and free-agent addition Mike Davis.
Cohen, otherwise known as The Human Joystick, will certainly be used plenty in the Bears’ offense. He’s an explosive weapon and deserves to have the ball in his hands. In 2018, he tallied 1,169 yards and eight touchdowns from scrimmage on 170 touches. However, he’s not thought of as a true bell-cow back. Measuring in at 5-foot-6 and 181 pounds, that’s justifiable. New faces Mike Davis and David Montgomery are, as they each can run with power and have apt size, so expect to see them rush the ball more often than not.
As Biggs notes, he expects Cohen’s skill set to be used more at wide receiver. He can line up in the slot well, and due to quick feet and exceptional explosiveness, can thrive there. He’ll also get his touches as a returner. The culmination of Cohen’s versatility is a gadget head coach Matt Nagy must use. Though not a prototypical running back, Cohen will still hear his number called in 2019 despite fewer predicted touches.