RB Tarik Cohen - Chicago Bears
|5-6, 179||Born: 7-26-1995||College: North Carolina A&T||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2017|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Tarik Cohen's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 18 vs PHI (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Cohen was mysteriously a non-factor in a game that should have set up well for the running back. Facing an Eagles team that has struggled with pass-catching running backs, Cohen only touched the ball four times in this game. Cohen did make a key 19-yard reception in the second quarter in which he went over the middle and took a big hit from Rasul Douglas.
2018 Week 17 vs MIN (5 / 24 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Since the return of Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears are using Cohen as a check down type receiver and due to the lack of deep throws as a team, in general, those underneath routes are being tackled quickly. Cohen did find the end zone on the ground late in this game as the Bears spread the field on the 3-yard line handed the ball off to Cohen who ran right behind Kyle Long for the touchdown. Outside of this play, Cohen was largely bottled up on the running game as he only saw five total carries and was on the field for just 28% of the snaps. Adding to Cohen's struggles has been a fumbling issue that seemingly won't go away as he now has 7 fumbles on the season which is 4% of his touches, and while the team has only lost three of those fumbles has to continue to play into the coaching staffs mind.
2018 Week 16 vs SF (6 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Cohen was largely a non-factor in this game as the 49ers did a nice job in game planning around the speedster. Cohen saw just one target in this game and was unable to get anything going on the ground as he saw six carries, but was not able to get out in space in this one as the defense was ready for his lateral runs in this game.
2018 Week 15 vs GB (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 31 / 1 rec)
While the amount of touches for Cohen has decreased since Mitchell Trubisky has taken back over for Chase Daniel, Cohen remains a big part of the Bears game plan on a week-to-week basis. Cohen was inconsistent on the ground as he had four carries for a loss of one yard, but was able to make up for that on a 22-yard carry in which he just used his speed and elusiveness to cut back and simply out-run linebackers who had an angle on him. The Bears did try to use Cohen out of the Wildcat formation in this game which ended up being a disaster between him and Jordan Howard on a read-option play in which Cohen tried to pull the ball way too late leading to a fumble. In the passing game, Cohen found the end zone late in the second quarter on a check down play in which he amazingly outran safety Kentrell Brice who had an angle on Cohen.
2018 Week 14 vs LAR (9 / 69 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
The Bears plan was simple in this game after the early struggles of Trubisky and that was to win the game on the ground and Cohen played a big role in this. Cohen had the second most carries of his 2018 season and made the most of it as he was able to burst a 32 yard run off tackle on a read-option play that took the Bears into the red zone that ultimately led to a field goal. Cohen saw volume in the passing game but was not a primary target that he was with Chase Daniel at quarterback as Cohen saw just four targets that were largely check-down passes for Trubisky.
2018 Week 13 vs NYG (8 / 30 / 0 rush, 14 / 12 / 156 / 0 rec)
The Bears exploited the Giants linebacking group which has struggled mightily in covering running backs out of the backfield this season. Whether it was Landon Collins or Grant Haley, the Giants did not have an answer for Cohen out of the backfield as he was often the second look for Chase Daniel and he was seemingly open on every play. Cohen showed his ball skill ability on a 46-yard wheel route in which the ball was under-thrown but Cohen was able to come back to it and make a tremendous catch. The wheel route was the play of the day for Cohen as he was able to burn Grant Haley for 32 yards, and then on 4th down on the final drive of the day was able to run past Landon Collins again for a 23-yard completion that set up the tie. Cohen showed off his arm at the end of the game on a reverse wide receiver pass where Cohen was lined up out of the slot and Cohen threw the ball for one-yard for the touchdown to Anthony Miller.
2018 Week 12 vs DET (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 45 / 1 rec)
The Bears all but abandoned the running game in this game and primarily used Tarik Cohen as a receiver out of both the backfield and the slot. All but one of Cohen's catches were within three yards of the line of scrimmage as the team tried to get him the ball quickly and have him run after the catch. Cohen made the most of his one reception longer than three yards downfield as he was able to use his speed on a wheel route to run past the defender for an easy touchdown.
2018 Week 11 vs MIN (7 / 27 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
While Tarik Cohen didn't have a major impact on the stat column, he was a big reason that the Vikings won this game. The Vikings sold out to stop Cohen after he had a run off the left tackle for 21 yards. Cohen did have a big fumble at the end of the third quarter on a play that Cohen was trying to make something out of nothing as he was bottled up and should have just gone down.
2018 Week 10 vs DET (7 / 15 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 29 / 0 rec)
Much like Howard, Cohen found little success on the ground as there just was not significant space to run through this Lions defense. Cohen was able to score a touchdown on a goal-line carry in which he found a small crease and was able to use his small frame to sneak in for the end zone. Cohen, as a receiver did haul in six catches on check down plays in which he found little room to work.
2018 Week 9 vs BUF (6 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen was largely taken out of this game due to the game script as the Bears got ahead early and decided not to give Cohen the touches we have been used to seeing this year. Cohen did have six carries including a seven-yard run, but his other five carries went for a total of negative two yards as he was trying to make something of his limited touches.
2018 Week 8 vs NYJ (5 / 40 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 70 / 1 rec)
Cohen only touched the ball six times this week but made the most of it. The Bears dialed up the perfect play call for Cohen as the Jets brought seven defenders on an all-out blitz and the Bears ran a screen play to perfection leaving Cohen essentially untouched for a 70-yard touchdown play as there was just one defender to beat in which Taylor Gabriel did a fantastic job blocking downfield for the easy score. Outside of this play, Cohen was able to utilize his speed on a run-pass-option play in which the Jets did a nice job defending the play that was a designed run to the right, but Cohen was able to turn it up the middle for five yards before cutting the run to the outside after he got past the initial rush of defenders.
2018 Week 7 vs NE (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 12 / 8 / 69 / 1 rec)
Cohen had very little success rushing in this game, but the Bears extended the passing game by getting Cohen in space. Cohen lined up all over the field in the slot and in the backfield and caught four of his passes out of the backfield and four of his passes out of the slot. Seven of Cohen's eight catches came within five yards of the line of scrimmage while the other reception came on a route that was seven-yards down the field. The Bears used Cohen's speed on primarily crossing routes to get him in space when matched up against linebackers and safeties.
2018 Week 6 vs MIA (5 / 31 / 1 rush, 9 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec)
Cohen's speed was too much for the Dolphins to handle in this game as the Bears in the second half worked to create mismatches for Cohen by getting him in space on a 50-yard slant in which linebacker Jerome Baker was lined up on Cohen and had no chance keeping up with the speedy running back. Cohen later scored on a draw play in which the Bears blocked the entire play right while Cohen ran left confusing the defense. This put Cohen in a one-on-one situation between him and safety Reshad Jones in which Cohen simply outran the safety and was untouched in the end zone.
2018 Week 4 vs TB (13 / 53 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 121 / 1 rec)
Jordan Howard has been the work horse for the Bears, but Cohen had the hot hand today and the Bears rode him to victory. Cohen led the team in total touches and yards this week with most of the damage coming through the passing game. His longest rush was 19 yards and helped setup the game's second touchdown. Cohen took the ball off the right end and was pushed out of bounds before he could cut back in for more yards. The rushing split between Cohen and Howard (13 to 11) was very close, but Cohen really set himself apart in the passing game. He hauled in a 9-yard touchdown right in the middle of the field. He ran a wheel route out of the back field and the coverage picked up the wrong inside man and the outside corner was late getting over in coverage. It was an easy pitch and catch for the touchdown and Cohen was not even touched before crossing the goal line. He caught 7 of his 8 targets and had another big play of 35 yards to set the Bears up with a 1st and goal from the 4-yard line. After a false start pushed them back 5 yards, he was rewarded on the next play with his 9-yard touchdown catch. Howard is going to end the season with more rushing attempts, but Cohen clearly established himself as the passing down back this week.
2018 Week 3 vs ARI (5 / 53 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard ran into a wall of defenders time and time again this week and that helped to soften things up for Cohen. The longest play of the day on the ground came from Cohen after he took the ball off the right end for 21 yards before being pushed out of bounds. This helped get the Bears into field goal range, but after a bad sack Cody Parker missed the 46-yard field goal. Cohen was targeted 3 times in the passing game as well but did not do much with those receptions. Jordan Howard will continue to get the bulk share of the carries throughout the season and Cohen should remain in the 8-10 touches per game range.
2018 Week 2 vs SEA (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen is going to be a volatile player this season as most big-play threats are. In this game, it was one of the down games for the running back as he failed to get anything going in this game. Cohen is the type of player that defenses can keep in check if they put a focus on and the Seahawks ensured that the speedsters for the Bears did not beat them.
2018 Week 1 vs GB (5 / 25 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
The Bears success was largely determined based on if Tarik Cohen was touching the ball on that drive. Cohen had eight touches in this game, and seven of those touches came on the Bears drives that ended in points. The Bears utilized Cohen to keep the defense honest as they used him on lateral runs and on his three receptions. The one concern for Cohen is the emergence of Jordan Howard in the receiving game as Howard had more receptions in this game with five receptions compared to Cohen's three which could lead to Howard staying on the field more than anticipated this season.
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