RB Tarik Cohen - Chicago Bears
|5-6, 179||Born: 7-26-1995||College: North Carolina A&T||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2017|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 11 vs LAR (9 / 39 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 35 / 1 rec)
Tarik Cohen had a large role in the Chicago offense on Sunday against the Rams. Cohen saw nine carries and played as the lead back in the offensive extensively in the second quarter but struggled behind an offensive line that was overwhelmed against the Rams' defensive line. Cohen was used in the passing game, including lining up in the slot and drew nine targets and had a highlight back shoulder reception for a touchdown. Cohen's other targets were limited by Mitchell Trubisky's inaccuracy that caps Cohen's ability to make plays after the catch. Cohen will face the Giants next week and would benefit from Chase Daniel starting in place of Trubisky.
2019 Week 12 vs NYG (6 / 25 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 29 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen had thirteen touches against the Giants, including six as a runner. Cohen was used in some traditional running back roles, including interior runs and toss sweeps, but had a bigger role in the passing game. Cohen's targets are low value to the offense, as outside of a 14-yard reception on an RPO slant, Cohen average 2.5 yards per reception on his other six receptions. Cohen's reception totals help him in PPR scoring more than his actual play does at this point in an offense capped by Mitchell Trubisky's ineffective play. He will get a good matchup next week against the Lions.
2019 Week 13 vs DET (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen was involved early in the Chicago offense but only managed seven touches on the day. Cohen showed well in the passing game, including a swing pass, and a good reception over the middle but too frequently is targeted by Mitchell Trubisky under the line to gain. With Montgomery getting a large role in the running game, Cohen needs to score a touchdown or be peppered with short targets to be fantasy viable in a week. He will face the Cowboys next week.
2019 Week 14 vs DAL (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 24 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen caught all six of his targets against the Cowboys in week 14. Cohen's receptions were all short and of the empty yardage variety. Cohen saw three carries, including early in the game, but was out carried by David Montgomery 20 to 3. Cohen will have a good matchup against the Packers in week 15.
2019 Week 15 vs GB (8 / 28 / 0 rush, 10 / 7 / 57 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen was heavily involved in the passing game against the Packers in a loss on the road. Cohen was frequently used in the screen game and was a check down safety outlet for Mitchell Trubisky. Cohen did get eight carries in the rushing game, but like David Montgomery, he struggled to get any interior running room established. Cohen's fantasy value at this point in the season is linked to his reception value in PPR leagues and he is a low touchdown probability player next week against the Chiefs.
2019 Week 16 vs KC (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen had a quiet night against the Chiefs on Sunday night in a blowout loss. Cohen had three receptions, and two carries where he was able to show power on the interior. He also added a drop. Cohen will be a risky play next week against the Vikings.
2019 Week 17 vs MIN (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 44 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen had 13 touches against the Vikings on Sunday. Cohen had traditional running back touches early in the first half, before working in his more frequent receiving centric role afterward. Cohen had a screen for a solid gain, a solid run after the catch for a conversion, and a chunk gain on a carry, but otherwise was held in check. The Bears turned too frequently to Cohen this season on inefficient opportunities where they essentially chose a low upside play instead of relying on Mitchell Trubisky for something more aggressive.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2017 Week 1 vs ATL (5 / 66 / 0 rush, 12 / 8 / 47 / 1 rec)
Welcome to the NFL, Mr. Cohen. Wow. Just wow. OK, sure, he didn't run for 200 yards or score something ridiculous like four touchdowns, but he most certainly was a whirling dervish every time he touched the ball. Cohen carried the ball five times for 66 yards and caught eight passes on 12 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown. Cohen's best play came on a run left that quickly broke down and turned into a run right. Cohen's quick decision to turn it back right was the only decision to make, one that resulted in the rookie beating every Falcon defender to the edge. Cohen ended up with a 46 yard gain on the plan. Cohen was everywhere in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Falcons. He saw crucial snaps late in the game as the game was getting tighter, a clear sign that he's earned the trust of this coaching staff. Given the lack of offensive talent elsewhere on the roster, there's no doubt that Cohen will be leaned upon for output, heavy output, for that matter. If Cohen still is available in your league, especially a PPR league, it would make sense to throw a hefty amount of change in order to secure him this season.
2017 Week 2 vs TB (7 / 13 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 55 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen followed up his monster Week 1 effort with a pretty decent effort in the 29-7 Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the rookie only gained 13 yards on seven carries, his impact was felt most in the passing game where he caught eight of nine targets for 55 yards. He did lose a fumble, let's not forget to mention that as well. There's little doubt this kid can play, but he's going to get killed playing at the rate he's currently playing. What makes Cohen so dangerous is the element of surprise when he's on the field with Jordan Howard. Sadly, though, Howard has been brutal thus far through two weeks and looked to be somewhat injured. The Bears have been relying on Cohen to be the bell-cow back, and he's not that kind of player. He's not built to be that kind of player. Cohen will continue to be a great PPR asset, but keep in mind that he's only going to wear down the more touches he receives.
2017 Week 3 vs PIT (12 / 78 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen still is really good at football. Cohen has established himself as the most exciting player in the Bears' offense, an offense that has shown to be very boring to watch, for the most part. Cohen, combined with Jordan Howard, dominated the Steelers' defense in Sunday's 23-17 win. Cohen gained 78 yards on only 12 carries and caught for passes for 24 yards. Cohen nearly won the game in overtime for the Bears after taking a handoff for 36 yards but ended up in the end zone. Cohen was ruled to have stepped out of bounds at the Pittsburgh 37. The whistle wasn't heard on the field, but it was blown. On replay, there wasn't enough evidence to overturn a call that looked to be incorrect. Not long after Cohen's long run, Jordan Howard ended the game with a 19-yard touchdown run. What's evident after three weeks is that Cohen is better when Howard is better. The two Bears' running backs both were impactful in the close Week 1 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. In Week 2 against Tampa Bay, Howard struggled because of a shoulder injury and then Cohen became the focus and struggled as a result. Against the Steelers, Howard ran for 138 yards on 23 carries. Howard's success really took some of the pressure off Cohen and it was very noticeable. We now know that when Howard goes, so will Cohen.
2017 Week 4 vs GB (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen was stifled by the Green Bay Packers in Thursday's 35-14 loss. Green Bay defenders regularly beat Cohen to the edges and contained him to the inside where he is much less dangerous. Cohen is at his best when he busts the edge with running room ahead, but the Packers clearly watched enough tape on Cohen to know how to stop it. The lack of a downfield passing game doesn't help Cohen much in either the run or the pass game. No team throws downfield less than the Bears, so that removes many of the passing options for the opposing defense to worry about on a given play. That is why we've seen a lot of up-and-down performances from Cohen and Jordan Howard. Until the Bears passing game finds some success -- which likely won't happen until Mitchell Trubisky is given a shot -- opposing teams will continue to make Cohen and Howard work extra hard to put up numbers.
2017 Week 5 vs MIN (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
The start to Tarik Cohen's NFL career has been up and down, to say the least. Cohen was the talk of the league following the Bears' Week 1 loss to Atlanta. In only a few weeks, Cohen's role in this offense has been toned down quite a bit, to the tune of only seven touches in Monday night's 20-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Cohen saw the bulk of his snaps Monday night lined up as a receiver, most often in the slot. Cohen, however, only saw on target from first-time starter Mitchell Trubisky. The rookie quarterback clearly was looking downfield more than Mike Glennon had in past weeks, which could explain why Cohen only saw one target this week. There was such an overcompensation to go downfield that the short passing game was nowhere near our frames of reference. While it makes perfect sense that Cohen, all 5-foot-nothing of him, would slow down once NFL defense started to see actual NFL game tape, the Bears coaching staff needs to figure out how Cohen can be the lynchpin Trubisky's success in the NFL. How do you move Trubisky around in the pocket while Cohen basically yo-yo's with him. Cohen is the shiftiest pass catcher on the roster. He needs to be put in positions to be shifty.
2017 Week 6 vs BAL (14 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen played himself an interesting football game in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens. The rookie running back once again played a different role for the Bears as he ended up not being much of a factor in the passing game. Cohen only saw three targets for one catch 14 yards, whereas he carried the ball a season-high 14 times for 32 yards. It was the actual passing game where Cohen made the biggest impact. In the second quarter, Cohen took a pitch right from Mitchell Trubisky and tossed it 21 yards to Zach Miller in the end zone. Trick plays are starting to become Cohen's thing. We've seen Cohen's impact be limited since he broke out in Weeks 1 and 2; and we've also seen opposing defenses specifically game plan to stop Cohen. When that started happening, running back counterpart Jordan Howard started to find more success. The two backs are on the field together more than most RB tandems, mostly due to the frequency of which Cohen lines up in the snap. The beauty of having a quarterback like Trubisky under center (or in shotgun) is his experience in running a more spread offense, which the Bears can do with both Howard and Cohen on the field. As the season progresses and an offensive balance presents itself, meaning the passing game gets its act together, Cohen will become so much more dangerous.
2017 Week 7 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 70 / 0 rec)
This section should be about as short as Cohen's height. The rookie running back didn't run the ball a single time in the Bears' 17-3 win over the Panthers. Cohen caught one pass on the day for 70 yards. If only even one of his catches went for 70 yards. The play was beautiful, though, as Cohen lined up out wide and beat his coverage over the top where Trubisky found him (mostly) in stride. Two early defensive touchdowns put the offense into run-only mode. Jordan Howard carried the ball 21 times in the win. Cohen's lack of success on the ground of late, due to his east to west running style, clearly has made an impact on his usage rate.
2017 Week 8 vs NO (4 / 2 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
We are getting to the point where Tarik Cohen might not be a useful fantasy asset to have on your roster. The Bears rookie running back and pass catcher continued his struggles in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Now, before you stand up and emphatically say something like "But Cohen scored the Bears only touchdown!" Yes, that is true; he did score the only touchdown for the Bears. However, the touchdown came on a one-yard rush. Aside from the touchdown, Cohen rushed the ball three times for one total yard. In the passing game, where Cohen sometimes excels, he only caught one pass for six yards on three targets. Cohen's total usage has gone down since Mitchell Trubisky took over at quarterback. Not only are the Bears trying to play a more conservative style of offense, the team also appears to be in search for a more conventional offense. Trubisky throws to his receivers more than Mike Glennon did in the few starts he was benched. Cohen and Jordan Howard are hands down the most skilled players the Bears have on offense. It's a shame, too, because Trubisky seems willing to take more risks throwing downfield when the play calls for it.
2017 Week 10 vs GB (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
This one is a puzzler. Tarik Cohen only played 13 snaps in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Cohen rushed the ball one time for one yard and caught one pass on two targets for 10 yards. For reasons unknown to most, John Fox and Dowell Loggains elected to give Benny Cunningham 28 snaps in a game where the Bears were trailing the majority of the game. It's probably best to stay away from Cohen until the rest of the Bears' offense goes through more growing pains. Cohen won't be able to his max potential until there are receivers on the field who can help spread out the defense.
2017 Week 11 vs DET (9 / 44 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)
Cohen got the first target of the game and also got first down carries throughout the game. He even got a first and goal carry. He was making tacklers miss on multiple touches and his speed allowed him to get outside and soar over the pylon for the game-tying score in the fourth. One would expect him to remain this involved and carry at least flex value going forward.
2017 Week 12 vs PHI (2 / -11 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Cohen had a grand total of four touches on the day, and one was a lateral from Jordan Howard on a play that was doomed from the get-go. After having and executing a coherent plan to get Cohen involved early and often last week, he wasn't a focus of the offense at any time in this debacle.
2017 Week 13 vs SF (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen is one more mediocre performance away from being fantasy irrelevant. Sure, he's dynamic. Sure, he ran back a punt for a touchdown in one of the most incredible displays of athleticism you'll see. He's merely not consistent enough at this stage of his career; and the Chicago Bears coaching staff certainly does him no favors with trying to put him in the best possible positions for success. Cohen ran the ball two times for five yards and caught a team-high four passes for 39 yards. Six touches a game for someone on a fantasy roster simply is not enough to warrant ownership -- even with a punt return for a TD on his mantle. Aside from that punt return, Cohen might as well not even been on the field in Sunday's 15-14 loss to the 49ers. His impact is significantly lessened each time he takes the field alongside the miserable group of wide receivers the Bears trot out there each and every week. Avoid Cohen in all formats until the Bears are able to put out a respectable stable of receivers who can distract some attention away from the little guy that is Tarik Cohen.
2017 Week 14 vs CIN (12 / 80 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
We all know what Tarik Cohen is capable of when on the field. Cohen provided the "lightning" to Jordan Howard's "thunder" in Sunday's 33-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Cohen actually made the most impact in the run game this week, gaining 80 yards on 12 carries. The usually catch-first running back only was targeted twice and finished with two receptions for five yards. Mitchell Trubisky played a more confident style of football Sunday and looked to the second-and-third levels much more frequently than usual, mostly because the Bengals were without a handful of defensive starters in the secondary. OC Dowell Loggains drew up a great game plan for Howard and Cohen, running inside and outside, respectively. Four of Cohen's 12 carries went 9-plus yards (19, 9, 29, 11). Gauging by past performances, Cohen is best when he's touching the ball between 12-15 times a game, but the coaching staff hasn't been consistent when it comes to how and when Cohen has been used. Loggains showed us something Sunday, let's see if he can continue to put Cohen in positions to succeed before we get too excited.
2017 Week 15 vs DET (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)
Cohen wasn't as involved early as he was in the first matchup and ended up being a non-factor in this game. He collected a few short receptions, had a long kick return called back by penalty and got a wildcat snap on an uneventful afternoon.
2017 Week 16 vs CLE (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Not much to see here. Week 16 must have been Tarik Cohen's week to be a decoy, as he only ran the ball two times for nine yards and caught two passes on two targets for 12 yards. The game play, for the most part, was stale and ugly. Twenty-two Jordan Howard runs, most of which he was stuffed up the middle for little-to-no gain, muddied up the game script, leaving the Bears with quite a few third-and-long situations. Instead of Cohen's name being called in those spots, it was Bennie Cunningham who received the critical targets. Until the Bears hire a new coaching staff, preferably one that can conjure up some creative ways to infuse Cohen into an offense, it'll be touch to trust him for production on a weekly basis.
2017 Week 17 vs MIN (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 14 / 0 rec)
Cohen had two touches on the first drive, but then only touched the ball once more in the first half. He was used more in the second half, with a combination of runs for losses and substantial gains (for the Bears running game on this afternoon at least), and Cohen also had the last two targets on the after for this futile offense at the Minnesota two-yard line for an incompletion and a one-yard gain.