Tarik Cohen

Chicago Bears
Running Back #29
Chicago Bears
Running Back #29
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Tarik Cohen News

Joined by Damien Williams

The Bears have signed Damien Williams to join Cohen (knee) and David Montgomery in the backfield, ESPN reports.

Analysis: Montgomery's strong finish to 2020 locks him in as the lead ballcarrier, but it's less clear how targets will be divided between three above-average pass catchers. Cohen is the best route-runner of the bunch, but he's too small to be an effective blocker, and he might need some time to regain his explosiveness after suffering an ACL tear in late September. While a repeat of his target totals from 2018 (91) or 2019 (104) thus seems unlikely, Cohen should still be a significant contributor to the Bears in 2021, the first season of his three-year extension. His $1.4 million base salary this year is guaranteed, but he doesn't have any guarantees remaining thereafter.

Mar 26, 2021 9:54 AM EST


Shifting to IR

Cohen (knee - ACL) will be placed on injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: Cohen suffered a season-ending torn ACL during Sunday's win over the Falcons, so his placement on IR was only ever a matter of time. The move leaves Ryan Nall as the top backup to David Montgomery, though Cordarrelle Patterson is also a likely candidate to see increased backfield snaps with Cohen out. The Bears may also see fit to promote Artavis Pierce from the practice squad.

Sep 28, 2020 11:57 AM EST



ACL tear confirmed

Coach Matt Nagy confirmed Monday that Cohen suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's win over the Falcons, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Analysis: Cohen will doubtless be placed on season-ending injured reserve in the near future, as he sets his sights on returning to full health for 2021. With Cohen out of the lineup, David Montgomery could see a slight uptick in touches, while Cordarrelle Patterson and Ryan Nall are each candidates to handle expanded change-of-pace roles. The 25-year-old inked a fortuitously timed three-year, $17.25 million extension with the Bears earlier this month.

Sep 28, 2020 10:29 AM EST


ACL tear feared

The Bears fear that Cohen tore his ACL during Sunday's win over the Falcons, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Cohen will undergo tests to confirm the severity of his knee injury, but it looks like the Bears will need to to redistribute Cohen's backfield touches behind David Montgomery to some combo of Cordarrelle Patterson and Ryan Nall.

Sep 27, 2020 2:02 PM EST


Leaves with knee injury

Cohen has reen ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Falcons with a knee injury, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Analysis: Cohen called a fair catch on a punt return, but Falcons RB Brian Hill was pushed and rolled onto Cohen's leg. He left the field in obvious pain, and his day is done. If he's forced to miss any time, Ryan Nall could see an increase in usage behind David Montgomery, and WR Cordarrelle Patterson would likely log some reps in the backfield. Cohen finished the game with two rushes for 21 yards and three receptions on six targets for 20 yards.

Sep 27, 2020 12:57 PM EST



Receives six touches

Cohen rushed five times for 12 yards and caught his only target for 15 yards in the Bears' 17-13 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Cohen was an afterthought in the Chicago offense, as he saw fewer rushing attempts than Cordarrelle Patterson and fewer targets than David Montgomery. Unless his role in the offense drastically changes, it'll be difficult to use Cohen with confidence when setting fantasy lineups.

Sep 20, 2020 2:48 PM EST


Inks three-year extension

Cohen signed a three-year extension worth $17.25 million with the Bears on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old will receive $9.533 million guaranteed and is now under contract with Chicago for the next four seasons. Cohen has served as the team's change-of-pace and passing-down back since being drafted in the fourth round in 2017, and he'll remain in that role for the foreseeable future.

Sep 19, 2020 10:11 PM EST


Receives nine touches

Cohen rushed seven times for 41 yards while catching both of his targets for an additional six yards in Chicago's 27-23 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: With the Bears trailing throughout the second half, it was disappointing that Cohen only saw a pair of targets, however, with the Detroit defensive front failing to provide much penetration at the line of scrimmage, Cohen was productive on his limited rushing attempts. As the clear second running back on the team, unless he's consistently productive in the passing game, his fantasy value lacks the upside to make him a strong line up option.

Sep 13, 2020 2:10 PM EST


Improves training routine

Cohen is focused on taking better care of his body this year, Colleen Kane of The Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Cohen hasn't missed a game in three pro seasons, but he said he he deteriorated down the stretch in 2019 while dealing with tightness in his hips and lower back. He hopes changes in his training routine and diet will lead to a rebound in the final season of his rookie contract, coming off a disappointing 2019 campaign in which a career-high 104 targets produced only 456 receiving yards and three touchdowns. David Montgomery is set to lead the Chicago backfield in carries again, but that doesn't mean Cohen can't push toward triple-digit targets and 50-to-100 carries.

Aug 14, 2020 12:44 PM EST


Targeted nine times

Cohen caught nine passes for 44 yards and rushed four times for 20 yards in the Bears' 21-19 win over the Vikings in Week 17.

Analysis: After posting over 1,150 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018, Cohen was a massive disappointment this season, as he barely posted for three yards per carry and six yards per reception. Despite his lack of production, he actually saw an increase from the 91 targets he had last season, but aside from PPR leagues, he had very little fantasy value. Going into the last year of his rookie contract in 2020, he'll likely be considered as little more than a depth option at running back in fantasy drafts.

Dec 29, 2019 1:45 PM EST


Targeted four times

Cohen caught three passes for 25 yards and rushed twice for eight yards in the Bears' 26-3 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: Even though the Bears were trailing for most of the contest, Cohen saw just four targets, leading to a disappointing fantasy performance. Although he's posted 35 or fewer yards in three of his last four games, he's been targeted at least six times in four of his last six games, and his greatest value in a Week 17 matchup against the Vikings will be in leagues that allow a point per reception.

Dec 22, 2019 9:19 PM EST


Targeted 10 times in loss

Cohen caught seven passes for 57 yards and rushed eight times for 28 yards in the Bears' 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Once the Bears fell behind by double digits early in the second half, Cohen logged full-time duty when the offense was in hurry-up mode, which led to him seeing at least 10 targets for the second time this season. This was the third time all season that he surpassed 50 yards from scrimmage, and aside from leagues that award a point per reception, he'll be a risky fantasy option at home in Week 16 against the Chiefs.

Dec 15, 2019 2:24 PM EST


Pedestrian on yards-per-touch basis

Cohen rushed three times for seven yards and brought in all six of his targets for 24 yards in the Bears' 31-24 win over the Cowboys on Thursday. He also committed two fumbles, but neither was recovered by Dallas.

Analysis: Cohen's lack of impact plays continued Thursday, as the third-year back generated under 40 total yards and went without a touchdown for the second straight game. Cohen did notch his second-highest reception tally of the last seven games, but at an average of just four yards per catch, it didn't amount too much fantasy-wise outside of full PPR formats. Cohen is averaging a pedestrian and career-low 4.4 yards per touch through 13 games, a number he'll look to bump up against the Packers in a Week 15 divisional clash versus the Packers a week from Sunday.

Dec 5, 2019 9:36 PM EST


Quiet in Thanksgiving win

Cohen rushed three times for nine yards and brought in all four targets for 26 yards in the Bears' 24-20 win over the Lions on Thursday.

Analysis: Cohen was only a complementary option in the narrow win, as Mitchell Trubisky and the wideout duo of Anthony Miller and Allen Robinson took center stage in the offense, while backfield mate David Montgomery saw the lion's share of the rushing touches as usual. Cohen has yet to log double-digit carries in 2019, but he does now have at least four catches in four straight contests. The second-year back will look to keep that streak going versus the Cowboys in a Week 14 Thursday night matchup.

Nov 28, 2019 1:33 PM EST


Targeted nine times

Cohen rushed six times for 25 yards and added seven receptions for 29 yards in the Bears' 19-14 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: For the second week in a row, Cohen led the Bears' backfield in touches, and during that time, he's posted his only performances of more than 50 yards this season. If he continues to see this level of usage as a runner and receiver, he'll be a useful flex option, especially in leagues that award a point perception.

Nov 24, 2019 2:35 PM EST


Finds end zone again

Cohen rushed nine times for 39 yards and caught five passes (six targets) for 35 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-7 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: David Montgomery (ankle) was able to suit up and dominated the backfield carries, but it was Cohen who benefited from Mitch Trubisky's lone touchdown pass in a losing effort. The receiving back has caught touchdowns in consecutive weeks and three on the season (none on the ground). The Bears' stagnant offense -- mainly due to its quarterback's struggles -- has kneecapped Cohen's ability to put up fantasy-worthy numbers. The 24-year-old has accumulated just 367 total yards through 10 games after racking up 1,169 yards in a similar role last season. The inconsistent production should keep Cohen limited as a fringe PPR option against the Giants in Week 12.

Nov 17, 2019 10:25 PM EST


May benefit if Montgomery sits

Cohen could be in store for a heightened role out of the backfield Sunday against the Rams with starter David Montgomery (ankle) viewed as a game-time decision, Nathan Smith of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: The 5-foot-6, 191-pound Cohen already sees a sizable role in the passing game (6.1 targets per game), but Montgomery's potential absence would create a major void on the ground. While third-string option Ryan Nall is a better fit to absorb most of Montgomery's work between the tackles, Cohen should nonetheless benefit from at least a slight uptick in carries in the event the rookie is sidelined. Cohen hasn't handled more than five carries in any game this season and is averaging 2.7 yards per tote, well below his career rate (4.1 YPC).

Nov 15, 2019 2:39 PM EST


Logs 10 touches

Cohen caught six passes for 39 yards and rushed four times for 10 yards in the Bears' 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: With Chicago falling behind 17-0 at the half, they had to lean upon their passing attack to get back into the game. That led to Cohen seeing more snaps than David Montgomery while also being second on the team in targets. Although he caught all but one of his targets, he was unable to post a reception of longer than 12 yards. Although it didn't help most fantasy owners, his biggest play of the game was a long punt return that helped get the Bears back into the contest. This was the first time since Week 1 that he's been targeted more than twice in a game and he's yet to see more than five carries in any contest, making him little more than a flex option in fantasy leagues.

Oct 6, 2019 2:46 PM EST


Finds end zone

Cohen rushed five times for 11 yards while adding two receptions for seven yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 16-6 win over the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Cohen appeared to be an integral part of the Bears game plan against a stout Minnesota defense. On the first drive of the contest, Mitchell Trubisky was knocked out of the contest, but Chase Daniel connected with him on a short touchdown pass. Once Chicago took control of this contest shortly after halftime, Cohen was used sparingly while David Montgomery took over the majority of the backfield work. Cohen has yet to have more than seven touches in any contest this year, capping his fantasy value as a flex option unless he begins to see more opportunities.

Sep 29, 2019 4:57 PM EST


Quiet in win

Cohen lost two yards on four carries, but caught two of four targets for 26 yards in Monday night's 31-15 win over the Redskins.

Analysis: Cohen was held in check once again, but at least ripped off a season-long, 24-yard reception Monday. He also placed third on the team in receiving, but is yet to top 50 yards through the air this season. With zero touchdowns to date, either, Cohen will be desperate to get going in Week 4, but his matchup against a tough Vikings defense is hardly ideal.

Sep 23, 2019 9:20 PM EST


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