Chicago Bears: 5 bold, early offensive predictions for 2021

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4. Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen will return to his 2018 form

Back in 2018, Tarik Cohen earned an All-Pro nod to go with his Pro Bowl selection — even if he technically got in as a punt returner. He was second fiddle to starter Jordan Howard and continues to be primarily a backup running back in addition to the team’s punt returner.

That season, Cohen averaged 12.5 yards per punt return which is what earned him the notoriety. But, he also totaled over 1,100 yards from scrimmage between rushing and receiving. Cohen scored eight touchdowns that year, too. He did it all.

When healthy and locked in, Cohen is one of the more athletic, electrifying gadget players in the league. All he needs is a bit of space, and Cohen can work magic. The problem in 2019 was that he didn’t have much space. Therefore, he became used to having to dance around and that became more of a habit.

Last year, of course, he missed the majority of the season with an ACL tear. But, Cohen is healthy and ready to rock for 2021. Unfortunately, he will also be playing with a heavy heart and extra inspiration this year to play for his late twin brother.

I am looking forward to seeing a bounce-back year from Cohen and to see him make a Pro Bowl as the NFC punt return specialist. But, he’ll also have a big impact on the offense.