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Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen

Running Back #29
ADP:Round: 5, Pick: 10
Team:Chicago
Ht / Wt:5'6" / 178 lb.
College:North Carolina A&T
Age:23
Born:July 26, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 4 (119)
Draft Team:CHI

Tarik Cohen: Competing with Davis and rookie

Cohen is now competing with Mike Davis and David Montgomery for backfield snaps, Rich Campbell of The Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Cohen's pass-catching prowess gives him the best role security of the trio, but Chicago didn't make significant investments in Davis (two-year, $6 million contract) and Montgomery (third-round pick) just to watch them linger on the bench. Of course, the team lost 624 snaps, 250 carries and 26 targets from 2018 when Jordan Howard was traded to Philadelphia, so there is room for both Davis and Montgomery to earn roles without infringing on Cohen's workload (495 snaps, 99 carries, 91 targets). The third-year scatback also has proven effective from the slot, allowing coach Matt Nagy to keep two running backs on the field at times.

April 30, 2019 8:34 AM EST

Tarik Cohen: Thriving under new head coach

Cohen rushed 99 times for 444 yards and three touchdowns while securing 71 of 91 targets for 725 yards and five touchdowns over 16 games in 2018.

Analysis: The arrival of ex-Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy worked wonders for Cohen, who generated eight touchdowns and 1,200 scrimmage yards in his first season under the first-year head coach. The same can't be said for fellow running back Jordan Howard, who ultimately finished the year with career lows in carries, rushing yards, and yards per carry while seeing Cohen eat into his workload. The Bears' wild-card loss to the Eagles was a bitter way to end the season for the versatile scatback -- Cohen gained just 27 yards and no scores on four touches -- but he averaged 10.6 touches and 73.1 scrimmage yards per game during the regular season, setting Cohen up for another solid season in Year 2 under Nagy in 2019.

January 18, 2019 12:29 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Scores eighth touchdown of season

Cohen rushed five times for 24 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's Week 17 victory over the Vikings, and he ended the season with 1,189 total yards and eight touchdowns.

Analysis: Although he was the Bears' primary receiving weapon out of the backfield this year, his usage was erratic on a week-to-week basis, making him a volatile fantasy option. Signed through 2020, he'll likely continue to see his role grow in the offense, giving him the potential to see a leap in his fantasy production.

December 30, 2018 8:23 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Disappointing effort

Cohen rushed six times for 12 yards while catching one pass for an additional seven yards in Chicago's Week 16 victory over the 49ers.

Analysis: Cohen was clearly not a part of the game plan, as he was targeted just a single time while being used as nothing more than a change of pace in the running game to Jordan Howard. He's now been held to fewer than 60 total yards in six of his last eight games, and he'll finish the regular season with a tough matchup at Minnesota.

December 23, 2018 5:58 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Scores, fumbles in win

Cohen ran for 21 yards on five carries and added 31 yards and a touchdown on five receptions during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Packers. He lost a fumble during the contest.

Analysis: Cohen put Chicago up by two scores in the closing seconds of the first half, taking the dump pass out in the flat and beating the defense to the pylon for a 12-yard touchdown catch. Cohen is averaging seven catches per game and has two touchdown receptions in his last four games -- obviously buoyed by Week 13's monster performance against the Giants. Fumbles remain a concern, however, as he has fumbled six times, losing three, in his last 10 games. Fortunately -- next Sunday's opponent, the 49ers, have recovered just one fumble this season.

December 16, 2018 3:46 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Solid in limited touches

Cohen rushed nine times for 69 yards, pulling in all four of his targets for another 20 yards in Sunday's 15-6 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Cohen wasn't able to repeat last week's triple-threat performance, but he still turned in a fine fantasy outing for a backup running back. The 69 rushing yards actually marked a season high for the 23-year-old, but fantasy owners own Cohen for his pass-catching abilities in PPR formats, so any rushing yards are usually a bonus for his owners. He will look to do more in the passing department (20 yards was his lowest total since Week 9) against the Packers on Sunday.

December 9, 2018 11:11 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Wows through multiple means in loss

Cohen rushed eight times for 30 yards, hauled in 12 of 14 targets for 156 yards returned two punts for 15 yards in the Bears' 30-27 overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday. He also completed a game-tying one-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining in regulation.

Analysis: Cohen turned in a jack-of-all-trades performance for the history books, posting career bests in receptions and receiving yardage while also sending the game into overtime with a one-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller as time expired in regulation. The 23-year-old easily paced all pass catchers in receptions and receiving yardage, eclipsing the century mark through the air for the second time this season. Cohen's production has been hard to trust from week to week, but he now has 19 receptions over the last two games with Chase Daniel under center. Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) is slated to return to action in Week 14 against the Rams, and Cohen will remain a highly viable asset as the fantasy postseason begins in many leagues.

December 2, 2018 3:14 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Finds end zone through air in win

Cohen rushed three times for 14 yards and brought in seven of eight targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 23-16 win over the Lions on Thursday.

Analysis: As customary, Cohen played a minimal role on the ground but provided solid production through the air. The dynamic second-year back's 14-yard touchdown reception with 13:40 remaining erased a 13-9 deficit at the time and served as fourth receiving score of the campaign. Cohen now has an impressive 16 catches over his last three games combined and will look to continue his strong stretch of play in Week 13 battle against the vulnerable Giants defense on Dec. 2.

November 22, 2018 1:42 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Gains 50 yards

Cohen ran the ball seven times for 27 yards and caught three of four targets for 23 receiving yards in Sunday's 25-20 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Cohen did cough up a fumble, marring what was already a quiet fantasy day. The electric receiving back has really cooled off over the last three weeks (20 receiving yards per game) after posting elite receiving totals over his previous four (87.5 receiving yards per game with four combined touchdowns). This is the risk that comes with starting third-down backs in fantasy, but the upside that Cohen possesses will make him a tantalizing option in almost any matchup, and that should be no different against the Lions on Thanksgiving.

November 19, 2018 12:09 AM EST

Tarik Cohen: Finds end zone in Week 10 win

Cohen rushed seven times for 15 yards and a touchdown and brought in six of seven targets for 29 yards in the Bears' 34-22 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Cohen was able to find his way into the end zone on the ground for the firs time since Week 6, scoring on a three-yard run in the first quarter to open the scoring on the day. The change-of-pace back's reception totals were also encouragingly back up after a pair of atypical one-catch efforts, as Cohen reestablished his high-volume role in the air attack. He'll look to build on Sunday's performance versus the Vikings in Week 11.

November 11, 2018 3:08 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Has worst game of season

Cohen rushed six times for five yards while adding one reception for an additional eight yards in Chicago's Week 9 victory over the Bills.

Analysis: With Chicago controlling this game from wire-to-wire, Jordan Howard took on the lead role of the backfield as Cohen was mostly invisible. Although he's had double-digit touches in three games this season, this is the fifth time he touched the ball eight times or fewer. He'll certainly continue to have a fantastic ceiling, but this game should remind fantasy managers that he has a dangerously-low floor as well.

November 4, 2018 4:50 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Turns six touches into 110 yards, TD

Cohen rushed five times for 40 yards and caught one of three targets for a 70-yard touchdown in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Cohen was extremely effective on a per-touch basis, delivering a strong performance despite getting the ball only six times. He found the end zone for the fourth straight game by taking a first-quarter screen 70 yards to the house against an all-out blitz. Cohen almost made a blunder in the return game by inexplicably touching a bouncing punt, but he was able to dive back on top of the ball. He'll stay firmly in the mix in Week 9 against Buffalo.

October 28, 2018 1:50 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Finds end zone again

Cohen rushed six times for 14 yards while adding eight receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' Week 7 loss to New England.

Analysis: Cohen led the Bears with 12 targets, but the New England defense was prepared for him, and they significantly limited his ability to gain big yardage after the catch, but he had enough volume to emerge with a productive afternoon. He's now posted at least 83 combined yards and a touchdown in three-straight contests, and he's settling in as a solid weekly starter for fantasy managers.

October 21, 2018 2:10 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Finds end zone in overtime loss

Cohen rushed five times for 31 yards and a touchdown while adding seven catches for 90 yards in Chicago's overtime loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Early in the game, it appeared that Cohen might not get as much work as he did in his Week 4 explosion, but once the game turned into a bit of a shootout, he emerged as an integral part of the offense, especially in the passing game. Although his usage may be game specific, his big-play ability gives him excellent weekly upside, but his inconsistent weekly usage also presents a concerning floor.

October 15, 2018 5:58 AM EST

Tarik Cohen: Explodes for 174 total yards in win

Cohen rushed 13 times for 53 yards and brought in seven of eight targets for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 48-10 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Cohen was finally deployed by head coach Matt Nagy in the way many envisioned coming into the season, and he even surprisingly outpaced Jordan Howard in rushing touches by two carries. More importantly, however, he put up a season- and team-high receiving yardage total while drawing even with Taylor Gabriel for tops in receptions. The second-year back will naturally see his fantasy value take a monumental leap if Nagy opts to continue deploying him in similar fashion moving forward, but given Howard's typically secure role as the lead back, Cohen isn't exactly likely to see the same degree of opportunity on the ground in games that are much closer. He'll look to continue producing against the Dolphins in a Week 6 showdown following a Week 5 bye.

September 30, 2018 2:59 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Eight touches in Week 3

Cohen rushed five times for 53 yards while catching three passes for an additional 15 yards in Sunday's victory over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Cohen's 68 total yards was two more than he had compiled in the first two games combined, and he's yet to have touched the football more than eight times in any contest. His lack of consistent usage has relegated him to being a low-upside fantasy option unless the coaching staff chooses to increase his involvement in the game plan.

September 24, 2018 4:40 AM EST

Tarik Cohen: Avoids injury report Wednesday

Cohen (ankle) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Cohen was removed late in the fourth quarter of Monday's win against the Seahawks and diagnosed with an ankle injury. In the locker room postgame, he was in good spirits, coach Matt Nagy told Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM Chicago. With a full practice under his belt Wednesday, Cohen will focus on getting on the same page as Mitchell Trubisky, who has targeted the pass-catching back on just five of his 69 throws this season.

September 19, 2018 2:26 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Appears to be okay

Cohen (ankle) appears to be fine after exiting Monday's contest late in the game, Adam Hoge of WGN reports.

Analysis: Head coach Matt Nagy said Cohen was dancing around in the locker room after the victory over the Seahawks. He finished the contest with four rushes for eight yards and caught one pass for 17 yards prior to exiting.

September 17, 2018 8:55 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Questionable to return with ankle injury

Cohen is questionable to return to Monday's game against the Seahawks due to an ankle injury.

Analysis: Cohen carried four times for eight yards and caught one pass for 17 yards prior to exiting. He also returned four punts for an average of 14.5 yards per tote. The severity of Cohen's injury is not yet known, but Benny Cunningham figures to see an extended role in the Bear's backfield as long as the second-year running back is out with Bryce Callahan in line to see punt return opportunities.

September 17, 2018 8:12 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Eight touches in Week 1

Cohen rushed five times for 25 yards while catching three passes for 16 yards in Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Cohen was used often while the Bears were pulling out to a 17-0 halftime lead, but his role decreased as the team played more conservatively the rest of the way. He wasn't used as solely a change-of-pace option to Jordan Howard, but both backs were often on the field at the same time. In addition, Cohen was used as a quarterback when the team used the wildcat formation. This will likely be one of his least-productive games, as it's clear the coaching staff plans to use him in a variety of ways.

September 10, 2018 8:30 AM EST

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