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Bears RB Tarik Cohen says role in Chicago is ‘not going to change’

Tarik Cohen

Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen says his role is “not going to change.”

This was what Cohen told SiriusXM NFL Radio on June 20 (via Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper).

I feel like I’m going to be doing the same things I was doing last year. My role is not going to change. I still have to be the receiving back, come in be the change-of-pace back, running the ball, be that speedy guy. I’m just prepared for anything however I get the ball.

The Bears made Cohen the 119th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft out of North Carolina A&T. They overhauled their running back position for the 2019 NFL season.

First, they traded Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles. Next, they signed Mike Davis and drafted David Montgomery. Despite the new-look running back depth chart, Cohen’s role with Chicago remains the same – a receiving and speedy back the Bears need in clutch situations.

If there’s one role which has changed for Cohen, it’s on the leadership side of things. He told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley on June 4 he has “to bring up the young guys” next season.

I feel like my role is going to pretty much stay the same – I might have a little more on my plate. The only role I feel like has changed is the fact that I’m one of the older guys in my room now.

I have to bring up the young guys, stay with them, and talk to them and help them learn.

A more seasoned Tarik Cohen spells trouble for the Bears’ opponents in 2019. Look for him to split carries with Montgomery and get Chicago’s ground game going.