By: Alex Patt
The Bears opened their season last Sunday in a close, but frustrating loss to the Atlanta Falcons 23-17 at Soldier Field. Lets face it, nobody thought that game was going to be close. Kudos to the Bears for playing a close game despite dropping several potential game-winning touchdowns in the final minute of the game.
Tarik Cohen had himself a game in his NFL regular season debut. The 5’6′ 179 pound running back was drafted this past year out of North Carolina A&T 119th overall. His plan was to play behind Jordan Howard, which gives them a nice young one-two punch in the backfield. He impressed a lot of people with his speed, ability to cut and the way he can power through defenses at such a small height.
On Sunday he rushed for 66 yards on five carries and recorded eight catches for 47 receiving yards while hauling in a touchdown pass from Mike Glennon. His total offensive yards were 158 including rushing, receiving and 45 punt return yards.
Overall this kid is versatile. He may be small, but he can be used as a throwing target and a special teams player with his speed. Cohen will be extremely valuable for the Bears considering that their top-two receivers are out and the receiver core is incredibly thin, so he can be targeted a decent amount of times if needed. The biggest concern for him is that he took some massive hits on Sunday because that is how players have to take him down since he is hard to get at being so small. However, if healthy and he continues to perform the way he does, lookout.