What’s five-feet-six and is hard to tackle? Bears rookie running back Tarik Cohen is.
He gave the Falcons fits Sunday. The Bears weren’t surprised.
“I’ve been watching him for a month and a half, two months,” says Bears coach John Fox. “I don’t really know the time frame but we’ve seen him every day so he didn’t surprise anybody that’s in that locker room.”
Cohen led the Bears in rushing topping Jordan Howard’s total despite having eight fewer carries. He also was the Bears top receiver. He had eight receptions for 47 yards. That included a 19 yard touchdown reception from Mike Glennon in the fourth quarter.
Cohen creates mismatches for defenders. That’s why the Bears drafted him even though he played college ball at little North Carolina A&T.
“It goes back to Ryan (GM Ryan Pace) and his staff even selecting him,’ says Fox. “Obviously we saw something that we needed. It’s not something that we’ve had here in at least our tenure.”
Another key moment for Cohen Sunday came right before halftime when he lined up in the Wildcat, took a direct snap and gave the ball to Howard who ran in for a touchdown.
Cohen’s versatility makes Mike Glennon’s job a whole lot easier. Cohen gives Glennon a legitimate home run threat on the field.
“The secret’s out of what we have in him,” said Glennon. “We knew how good he was going to be for us and he showed that today. I mean first game in the NFL he did it all.”