RB Tarik Cohen - Chicago Bears

5-6, 179Born: 7-26-1995College: North Carolina A&TDrafted: Round 4, pick 2017

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Week 11: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Since head coach and play-caller Matt Nagy publicly proclaimed his intentions to run the football more, rookie David Montgomery's role in the Chicago Bears' offense has grown immensely. Across the 3 games since, Montgomery has tallied 83-percent of all running back carries in the team's offense. Averaging over 19 carries per game in that span, Montgomery has struggled to convert his newfound rushing volume into significant rushing production. On the season, the rookie running back has registered only 2 games of more than 3.53 yards per carry. Montgomery's struggles on the ground are primarily a product of poor offensive line play and stacked defensive fronts. The Chicago Bears' offensive line has been one of the weakest in the NFL this season, and opposing defenses are showing their passing attack very little respect. Montgomery has faced a loaded defensive front with at least eight players in the box on over one-quarter of his carries this season, and this will likely continue in week 11 against the Los Angeles Rams. The Los Angeles Rams' loaded defensive front has been one of the league's premier run-stopping forces through the first nine games of the 2019 season. The Rams have only allowed 3.3 yards per carry thus far this season, the second-best mark in the NFL. Along the defensive line, Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers are two of the league's best disruptors against the run. At linebacker, Corey Littleton has stepped up in 2019 as one of the surest tacklers in the league. He ranks 20th in the NFL with 47 total tackles through 9 games, while only missing 1 tackle during that span. The secondary provides ample support against the run, with Eric Weddle and Jalen Ramsey both grading as top-end run stoppers in the defensive backfield. The Rams have only allowed 2 100-yard rushers this season: MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey in week 1, and Chris Carson in a 27-carry Thursday night game in week 5. David Montgomery will certainly have his work cut out for him on Sunday night in his quest to add another name to that list. The Rams' superior defensive front-seven should dominate in the trenches against the Bears' weak offensive line, leaving Montgomery with very little room to run in week 11.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 vs NO 36 3 10 0 12 9.0 19 0 0 2.9
8 vs LAC 17 4 9 0 3 3.0 37 0 0 4.6
9 at PHI 16 2 7 0 5 2.0 9 0 0 1.6
10 vs DET 30 3 14 0 4 4.0 23 1 0 9.7
11 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * 5.0 * * * *
11 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 10 * * 6.4 * * * *
11 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * 4.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Tarik Cohen's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 10 vs DET (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 1 rec)

Tarik Cohen had a secondary role in the backfield behind David Montgomery on Sunday against the Lions. Cohen saw four carries, including two runs that got to the perimeter, but his passing game was the primary fantasy contribution. Cohen saw a swing pass in the red zone where he was able to get to the perimeter for a touchdown. He also saw three more short receptions. Cohen is quick and the swing pass was a well-designed use of his strengths, in an offense that has not maximized his talents this year. He will get a matchup against the Rams next week.

2019 Week 9 vs PHI (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen has taken a backseat to David Montgomery in the backfield the past two weeks. Cohen was still used in the passing game, but only managed two short receptions in the flat. He added a drop and was overthrown by Mitchell Trubisky on another target. Cohen did get a chance in the red zone and was stopped just short of the end zone on a carry along the perimeter but stopped for no gain on a goal line carry before David Montgomery converted on a goal line carry later in the drive. Cohen will face the Lions next week.

2019 Week 8 vs LAC (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

After leading the Bears in carries last week, Tarik Cohen took a backseat to David Montgomery against the Chargers after Coach Matt Nagy promised a stronger rushing attack during the week. Cohen was involved on the first drive of the game in the running game but only had four carries to David Montgomery's 27. Cohen was only targeted three times in the passing game and managed a long gain down the seam from the slot, but otherwise was held in check during the game. Cohen will look to increase his volume next week against the Eagles that gave up a long receiving touchdown from the Buffalo backfield this week.

2019 Week 7 vs NO (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 12 / 9 / 19 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen led the backfield in both rushes and receptions against the Saints. Unfortunately, Cohen only rushed three times on a day they had seven total carries, while he caught nine passes for only 19 yards. Cohen was the frequent target of check-down passes from a skittish Mitchell Trubisky which boosted his fantasy day in points per reception leagues. Cohen is restrained by the fact Trubisky is a limiting element to the offense and the offense predictably revolves around Allen Robinson and Cohen, limiting Cohen's opportunities to create plays in the passing game. He will hope to bounce back against the Chargers next week.

2019 Week 5 vs OAK (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen was heavily involved in the passing game, including from the first drive of the game against the Raiders. He was consistent in getting yards after the catch throughout the game but his receptions were lower leverage touches. Cohen did mix in some running work but is the lesser half of a committee in the run game with David Montgomery. Cohen had an explosive punt return that created a scoring opportunity for the offense that struggled to consistently move the ball. Cohen will face the Saints in week seven after a bye net week.

2019 Week 4 vs MIN (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 7 / 1 rec)

Tarik Cohen was the first running back in the game against the Minnesota Vikings but was out-touched by David Montgomery 24 to 7. Cohen was used in the running game early in the game, but Montgomery was the primary ball carrier through much of the game. Cohen managed a touchdown on a route out of the backfield where he beat Anthony Barr in man coverage. He had the opportunity for another big play on a wheel route but bobbled it along the sideline and the pass was ruled incomplete. Cohen's role has been capped in the offense with the need to produce a touchdown to maintain fantasy viability in weekly scoring.

2019 Week 3 vs WAS (4 / -2 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen worked as a more traditional running back for the second consecutive week against Washington on Monday night. Cohen was the first running back in the game but was ineffective. Cohen was targeted four times and caught two passes while dropping one. Cohen will look to have a better performance next week against the Vikings.

2019 Week 2 vs DEN (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen played more of a traditional running back role than in week one, carrying the ball four times, but clearly a secondary option in the running game behind David Montgomery. Cohen caught two of his five targets, both of them on screen plays. Cohen looked explosive on the first but tried to cut all the way back across the field on his second and took a massive loss. He did get free down the field for a target that was broken up by a defender who made an excellent play. With the Chicago offense limited by Mitchell Trubisky, Cohen should remain a screen and short passing game target against Washington.

2019 Week 1 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 49 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen played a strong receiving role in the week one loss to the Green Bay Packers. Cohen had two carries that did not show up on his stat line but were called back by penalty so he left the game without an official carry, which was a good description of his role. Cohen was nearly exclusively a target in the slot, while Mike Davis and David Montgomery worked the traditional running back position. Cohen was used primarily in the short area passing game, including on the receiving end of RPOs. He was the leader in snaps for the Chicago backfield, but his snap count projects to be independent of Davis and Montgomery if the current deployment of the offense holds. Cohen will face Denver next week.


Latest News

Bears | Tarik Cohen totals seven touches, TD (Sun Nov 10, 06:41 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen rushed three times for 14 yards in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions while finishing with four grabs for 23 yards and a touchdown.

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Bears | Just four touches for Tarik Cohen (Sun Nov 3, 05:42 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen ran twice for seven yards in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles and he added two grabs for nine yards on five targets.

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