By: Jovanny Santiago
Can Tarik Cohen be the next Darren Sproles? In Matt Nagy’s offense, Cohen has the ability to be a playmaker, a game changer, and one of the best offensive weapons in the NFL.
Last season, I knew right away Cohen was a star in the making. That debut vs. Atlanta? An amazing performance. His raw talent to go along with his speed is a perfect fit for today’s game.
Cohen played all over the field last season. From returning punts to lining up in the slot, Cohen made an impact wherever he was lined up. The Bears offensive staff last season was not the best and limited Cohen’s potential. But with Nagy and Mark Helfrich in charge now, Cohen’s touches will be increased.
Highlights of Cohen rookie season:
Week 1 vs Atlanta: 6 rushes for 66 yards. 8 catches for 47 yards & 1 TD. Excellent performance and just a preview of the impact he can have on the game.
Week 6 @ Ravens: TD pass to Zach Miler. The little man can throw! Fun fact: Cohen was the first player since Wee Willie Smith in 1934 to throw a touchdown by a player who is 5′ 6″.
Week 12 vs. San Francisco : 4 catches for 39 yards and a punt return TD. I’ve never seen a return like that!
Week 13 @ Cincinnati: 12 rushes for 80 yards. The Bears dominated from start to finish that afternoon.
I’m really looking forward to seeing how Coach Nagy and OC Helfrich use Cohenthis season, and beyond. The sky is the limit for Cohen. I expect a higher volume of touches and a big part of the game-plan every week.