Three Bold Predictions for the 2018 Chicago Bears
2. Tarik Cohen leads the team in Total Touchdowns (non-QB of course)
Last season Bears’ fans were yearning to see the NC A&T product on the field more. The dynamic that Cohen brings to any offense is evident, as he excels wherever you line him up on the field.
Every major question about Cohen coming out of college such as will his speed and elusiveness translate, can his body handle the rigors of an NFL season, will his height detriment his impact on the field, all were answered last season.
While Cohen finished his rookie campaign with only 370 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, the numbers don’t quite paint the whole picture for the young back. Cohen finished second on the team in receptions behind Kendall Wright with 53, and that is significant due to the limited scheme John Fox ran, as well as the limited opportunities he was given. Cohen also demonstrated his ability to score in a myriad of ways as he found the end zone through rushing, receiving, special teams, and by far the most impressive, passing this gem to Zach Miller:
Cohen’s versatility is going to make him perhaps the most dangerous weapon the Bears have on their roster. His diminutive size might be his best characteristic, as that size paired with his insane athletic ability makes a consistent threat wherever he is on the field.
Expect Tarik Cohen to not only be used more this season but to be used more efficiently. You won’t see too many instances of the Bears pounding the rock inside with Tarik in the backfield. Instead, expect more tosses and runs to the outside, wheel routes, short drags and slants in the slot, and the occasional long ball to take the top off the defense.
Cohen will score in the same ways as last season. Expect more rushing touchdowns, even more receiving touchdowns, and even another special teams score or two.
New head coach Matt Nagy is going to bring out the very best we see in Tarik Cohen, so expect his productivity to rise drastically. Cohen will finish the season as the team’s leader in touchdowns with at least ten.