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Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Date of Birth:  07/26/1995
Age:  26
Height  5'6"
Weight:   179
College:  North Carolina A&T
Drafted:  2017 | Round 4 | Pick 119
Depth Chart:  2nd string

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB


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Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

The Bears placed Tarik Cohen (knee) on the PUP list.

Cohen will now miss the first six weeks of the season as he continues to recover from last season's knee injury. Damien Williams will help complement David Montgomery in the Chicago backfield to open the regular season.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen is out for the season with a torn ACL.

The fears from yesterday were unfortunately confirmed, and Cohen will miss the rest of the year with this knee injury suffered on a punt return yesterday. Cohen's season ends with 14 carries for 74 yards and six receptions for 41 yards in three games. This is very unfortunate for a player that obviously wants to be out there with his teammates instead of undergoing surgery and rehabbing, but the bright side is Cohen recently received long-term security with a contract extension and he should be ready for Week 1 of next season.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

The Bears fear Tarik Cohen has a torn ACL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

This is tough to hear, and the news is expected to be confirmed by an MRI. There have been numerous season-ending injuries over the past two weeks, and Cohen looks like the latest. We just have to hope for the best at this point.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen leaves game with apparent leg injury.

Cohen appeared to take a hit to the right leg and was holding his knee area. Unfortunately, Cohen was unable to put any pressure on his right leg while going off the field. The dynamic running back's day is almost certainly over, and now we just have to hope this isn't a lengthy absence. Before leaving, Cohen had two carries for 21 yards and three receptions for 30 yards.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

The Bears are singing Tarik Cohen to a three-year extension.

Cohen will get over $17 million on the new deal, including nearly $10 guaranteed. "The Human Joystick" should continue to have a significant role as a receiving back alongside David Montgomery, but this news doesn't have much impact on his redraft value this season; consider Cohen a quality FLEX option this week against the Giants.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen doesn't expect his role to change much in 2019.

Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio, the third-year running back said he expects to have a similar role to last season in Matt Nagy's offense: "I feel like I'm going to be doing the same things I was doing last year. My role is not going to change. I feel like I still have to be the receiving back." Cohen probably has the ability to get more touches on the ground per game after he had 87 as a rookie and 99 last season, but Chicago signed Mike Davis in free agency and added David Montgomery in the third round of this year's draft—they don't need to give him a heavy workload. Expect "The Human Joystick" to do most of his damage as a receiver (he had 71 receptions last season) and to remain a much stronger fantasy option in PPR leagues than standard. Cohen should be in the FLEX mix for half PPR leagues.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen handles four touches in loss to the Eagles.

Cohen rushed once for no gain and caught three passes for 27 yards. He also had a 35-yard kick return to help set up Chicago's 43-yard field goal attempt as time expired, but it was missed in a 16-15 defeat. Coming off a 170-touch season in which he totaled 1,169 yards and eight touchdowns, Cohen will be a mid-round selection in all formats next summer, and his stock could even increase if Jordan Howard is traded.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen handles seven touches as Chicago knocks Minnesota out of the playoffs.

Cohen rushed five times for 24 yards and a touchdown, also adding two receptions for eight yards. "The Human Joystick" was a deadly weapon for Matt Nagy in the regular season, rushing 99 times for 444 yards (4.5 YPC) and three touchdowns with a 71/725/5 receiving line. Cohen should be trouble for opposing defenses for however long the Bears extended their season; they take on the Eagles next week in Chicago.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen gets seven touches in Bears’ win.

Cohen had six carries for 12 yards and one reception for seven yards against the Niners. San Francisco simply did a good job of limiting the explosive second-year running back throughout the game, and Minnesota will look to do the same in Week 17. Cohen had 50 total yards and a fumble lost in his first matchup with the Vikings this season.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen scores against the Packers.

Cohen carried five times for 21 yards and caught five passes for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Week 15 win over the Packers. The score was late in the second quarter on a dump off where Cohen zoomed to the end zone and dove for the pylon for a 12-yarder. The second-year running back has picked it up after he was in a relative lull in middle of the season, and he's strongly in the FLEX mix for standard leagues in Week 16, with his usual boost in PPR scoring.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen gets 13 touches in Bears’ Week 14 win.

Cohen had nine carries for 69 yards along with four receptions for 20 yards versus the Rams. “The Human Joystick” showed off his elite burst throughout the night, including on a 32-yard run on the longest play of the game. Cohen remains in the FLEX mix for the second week of the fantasy playoffs when he faces the Packers.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen does it all in Week 13.

Cohen carried eight times for 30 yards, caught 12 passes for 156 yards, and threw a one-yard touchdown in the Bears' loss to the Giants. The dynamic second-year running back was a terror for the Giants throughout the game, picking up chunk yardage and making chunk plays in an eventual loss. The touchdown was on a "Philly Special" type of play with a wrinkle thrown in, as Cohen hit Anthony Miller on a crossing route instead of hitting the quarterback. The touchdown toss made Cohen the shortest player in NFL history to throw a touchdown. Next week, Cohen has a tough task facing a Rams defense looking to shut him down, but "The Human Joystick" obviously offers solid upside in Week 14 fantasy lineups.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen scores in Thanksgiving victory over the Lions.

Cohen rushed three times for 14 yards, also adding seven receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown, which came from 14 yards away. Plus, Cohen iced the game with a first down run on third-and-nine to help the Bears improve to 8-3. "The Human Joystick" has seemed to taken over as the clear lead back in Matt Nagy's offense (Jordan Howard had just 15 yards), so he will be worth considering as a low-end RB2/FLEX option in Week 13 against the Giants.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Vikings limit Tarik Cohen in Week 11.

Cohen had seven carries for 27 yards and three receptions for 23 yards along with a fumble lost in the Bears' primetime win. "The Human Joystick" flashed his gamebreaking speed—including on a 21-yard run—but Minnesota did a nice job on him overall. On Thanksgiving Cohen has a tough matchup against the Lions, but he just scored against them in Week 10.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen handles 13 touches in win over the Lions.

Cohen rushed seven times for 15 yards and a touchdown, also adding six receptions for 29 yards. The dynamic back actually had more touches than Jordan Howard (13) despite the Bears jumping out to a 26-0 lead in the first half, which obviously bodes well for Cohen on an offense that's really turned into a pass-happy attack. "The Human Joystick" should be treated as a high-upside FLEX option in standard leagues for Week 11 against the Vikings on Sunday Night Football.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Bills limit Tarik Cohen in Week 9.

Jordan Howard scored twice, but overall Buffalo did a nice job of limiting Chicago's run game, and Cohen in particular was shut down. Cohen carried six times for five yards and added one reception (on two targets) for eight yards. The second-year running back will look to have a bigger game next week against the Lions. Through eight games, "The Human Joystick" is on pace for 98 carries, 458 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 62 receptions, 812 receiving yards, and six receiving touchdowns.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen scores long touchdown in Bears' win.

Cohen carried five times for 40 yards and caught one pass for 70 yards and a touchdown against the Jets. The score was a screen pass that was such a walk-in that Cohen ran ahead of his lead blockers and just needed one block down field by Taylor Gabriel. Cohen has a touchdown in four straight games, and Matt Nagy clearly knows how to put him in a position to make big plays. "The Human Joystick" is a solid option in Week 9 fantasy lineups against the Bills.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen scores in Week 7.

Cohen carried six times for 14 yards and added eight receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Patriots. The score was a six-yarder for the dynamic second-year back, and it makes it three straight weeks with a touchdown. Bears head coach Matt Nagy knows how to get Cohen involved, and he should get a handful of carries and at least several targets next week against the Jets.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen totals 121 yards with a touchdown in Week 6.

Cohen had five carries for 31 yards and a touchdown along with seven receptions for 90 yards against the Dolphins. Like teammate Jordan Howard, Cohen had a costly fumble in the turnover-filled overtime loss; but overall, the second-year running back had another great game. The score was a 21-yarder in which Cohen zoomed through the defense and into the end zone, and he also had a 50-yard reception in the game. The Patriots are probably going to focus on stopping Cohen next week, but "The Human Joystick" remains at least a FLEX option in fantasy lineups—and an even stronger option in PPR leagues.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen handles 20 touches in 48-10 win over the Bucs.

Cohen—who led the team both as a runner and receiver on Sunday—rushed 13 times for 53 yards, also adding seven receptions for 121 yards and a score. Heading into the bye week, the shifty second-year back is averaging 5.1 yards per carry and 12.1 yards per reception for the 3-1 Bears. Cohen should be considered an upside FLEX in standard leagues with a boost in PPR formats when Chicago returns to face the Dolphins in Week 6.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen gets eight touches against the Cardinals.

While Jordan Howard (24 carries, 61 yards, touchdown) grinded out his yardage, Cohen was able to pick up 53 yards on five carries while adding three receptions for 15 yards. The electric second-year running back has yet to break a touchdown this season, but he remains an excellent lightning to Howard's thunder. Cohen will look to get in the end zone when he faces the Bucs in Week 4.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen handles five touches in win over the Seahawks.

Cohen rushed four times for eight yards and caught a 17-yard pass. He also had a couple nice punt returns, including a 32-yarder. Those hoping for "The Human Joystick" to turn into Tyreek Hill will probably be disappointed this year, and it looks like he is a better real-life weapon than fantasy option so far in Matt Nagy's offense. Consider him a PPR FLEX option.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen gets eight touches in Week 1.

Things were kept under wraps during the preseason, but Matt Nagy and the Bears unveiled some of the plans they have for the dynamic second-year back in 2018. Cohen had five carries for 25 rushing yards and three receptions for 16 receiving yards in the loss, and he also had a 42-yard punt return that he nearly took the distance. Chicago clearly wants to get Cohen on the edge on rushing attempts, and we should see him more involved as a receiver moving forward. He’s in FLEX consideration for PPR leagues next week against the Seahawks.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen says he's learning "every position" in Matt Nagy's offense.

Cohen appeared on NFL Network's Good Morning Football and said the team's new offense is like "backyard football" because it lines guys up all over the place. The second-year running back says you might see him in the backfield, in the slot, and even at outside receiver this season. He did note that every player is learning every position in the offense and that you might see a tight end (likely new acquisition Trey Burton) line up in the backfield, for example—which the Chiefs did last season with Travis Kelce—, but we expect Cohen in particular to move around the offense a lot in 2018. Remember, Cohen was compared to Tyreek Hill, who had a huge second NFL season last season with Nagy as his offensive coordinator. The Bears might try to get Cohen the ball enough that he comes a huge fantasy factor this season.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen hopes to play a Tyreek Hill type of role in the new Bears offense.

New head coach Matt Nagy was the offensive coordinator for Kansas City the last two seasons, so he oversaw Hill's first two NFL seasons. Cohen told the Chicago Tribune he always brought up Hill when coaches would ask him who in the NFL he would compare himself to at last year's combine, and the second-year back thinks he can do "the same kind of things [Hill] does in the Kansas City offense." While they play two different positions, Hill could probably play full-time running back if he had to, and Cohen could probably play split out full time if he had to. Hill is 5'10" while Cohen is 5'6", but they are both around the same weight, and they might be the NFL's two most dangerous players in the open field. While he won't be involved the same exact way as Hill with the Chiefs, the bottom line is Nagy should find a way to get Cohen involved in 2018, even behind likely workhorse running back Jordan Howard. He'll be someone to watch throughout the summer as a potential big-time fantasy scorer this season.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen gets nine touches against the Vikings.

Cohen had three carries for 13 yards and six receptions for 14 yards, as Minnesota did a good job of limiting him. He actually also threw another pass in this game, but it was incomplete. The dynamic rookie's regular season ends with 87 carries for 370 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, 53 receptions for 353 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown, and one punt return touchdown. It looks like he'll be a big-time weapon for the Bears moving forward, and he might be a more consistent FLEX option in 2018.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen gets four touches against the Browns.

Cohen had two carries for nine yards and two receptions (on two targets) for 12 yards in the Bears' win. There are probably better FLEX options than "The Human Joystick" in Week 17 against Minnesota.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen gets six offensive touches against the Lions.

Cohen had two carries for one yard and four receptions (on six targets) for 16 yards in the loss, and he also had a long kick return that was called back by a hold. The dynamic rookie running back is difficult to trust in fantasy lineups, as Chicago's offense isn't playing very well and he's not getting enough touches to overcome it.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen gets 12 carries in Week 14.

The dynamic rookie running back played well versus the Bengals, gaining 80 yards on his 12 attempts. He had only five receiving yards on two receptions in the passing game, but he still showed his game-breaking skills on the ground. Cohen next faces a Lions team he scored against in Week 11.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen takes punt to the house in Week 13.

"The Human Joystick" showed why the nickname fits against the 49ers, as he took a punt 61 yards for a touchdown after he turned completely around and changed fields before zooming to the end zone. On offense, Cohen had two carries for five rushing yards and four receptions (on four targets) for a team-high 39 receiving yards. For PPR leagues, Cohen is in the FLEX conversation for next week.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen gets four touches versus Philadelphia.

The Bears couldn't get anything going in the Week 12 loss to the Eagles, and The Human Joystick was no exception. Cohen had two carries for -11 yards and two receptions for eight yards. Cohen has some upside to have a huge game against the 49ers next week, but he's probably best out of fantasy lineups for safer options right now.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen handles 13 touches in loss to the Lions.

Cohen rushed nine times for 44 yards and a score, adding four receptions for 15 yards. The rookie back tied things up in the fourth quarter with a 15-yard touchdown run, but Detroit won it with a field goal on the next drive. The workload was a great sign for his rest-of-season outlook, but Cohen won't be a recommended fantasy option outside of PPR leagues as the Bears head to Philadelphia next Sunday.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen sees just two touches in loss to the Packers.

Cohen rushed once for one yards and caught a 10-yard pass. The rookie has really fallen out of the game plan in recent weeks, and he saw fewer touches than Benny Cunningham on Sunday. Cohen is probably droppable in standard leagues and is just a weak bench option in PPR leagues right now. The Bears host the Lions next week.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen scores in Week 8.

Cohen carried four times for two yards and a touchdown while adding only one reception for six yards. The touchdown, which actually came at the goal line, made it a respectable fantasy day for Cohen. Through eight games as a rookie, "The Human Joystick" is one pace for 108 carries, 456 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 56 receptions, 468 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns. Chicago will look probably look to get him more involved when they emerge from their Week 9 bye week.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen catches long pass in Week 7.

The rookie running back was targeted on three of Chicago's seven passing attempts on the day, with his lone reception coming on a deep ball from Mitchell Truisky that went for 70 yards. Cohen nearly took it all the way, but he was surprisingly tackled from behind after good effort from the Panthers. In a potentially high-scoring game against the Saints next week, The Human Joystick is in the FLEX discussion.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen handles 15 touches, throws for touchdown in overtime win.

Cohen rushed 14 times for 32 yards and caught one pass for 14 yards, so he was mostly held in check by the Ravens. He did, however, complete his only pass of the game—a 21-yard touchdown to Zach Miller on a trick play. The workload is encouraging, but the rookie still handled just 28% of the carries, as starter Jordan Howard rushed it 36 times against Baltimore. Cohen remains a solid FLEX in PPR leagues as the Bears host the Panthers in Week 7.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen gets seven touches in Week 5.

The rookie running back was pretty much shut down by the solid Vikings defense, as he had six carries for 13 yards and one reception for -3 yards. There simply wasn't much room to run, and Minnesota appeared to lock in on stopping the running backs from beating them. The Ravens might try to use a similar tactic next week, but Cohen is still on the FLEX radar for the game.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen gets ten touches in Bears' loss.

Cohen was limited a bit by the Packers, who appeared to try and stop Cohen and Jordan Howard. But he still had a decent game, carrying six times for 24 yards while catching four passes (on four targets) for 22 yards. Cohen gets the Vikings in Week 5, and he'll be in the FLEX conversation as bye weeks begin.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen totals 102 yards in Week 3 overtime win over Pittsburgh.

Cohen rushed 12 times for 78 yards and caught four passes for 24 yards, as the Bears relied heavily on their running backs. The rookie is a real asset in PPR leagues, and looks to have FLEX value in standard leagues, too. He's a solid option for Week 4 against the Packers, as Chicago will need to use him if they want to keep up with Aaron Rodgers. They play on Thursday night.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen gets 15 touches in Week 2.

The running game for the Bears could not do anything against Tampa Bay, with 16 carries for 20 yards total in the game. Cohen had 13 yards on his seven carries but was able to add 55 yards on his eight receptions (nine targets), though he did lose a fumble in the game. With a clear role on offense, Cohen is looking like a very good option in the FLEX spot for PPR leagues. And with Jordan Howard (shoulder, nine carries for seven yards) banged up, Cohen could get more work next week against the Steelers.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Rookie Tarik Cohen dazzles in first NFL regular season game.

The North Carolina AT&T rookie led the Bears in both rushing and receiving against Atlanta, carrying five times for 66 yards and catching eight passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. Cohen has a long of 46 yards on the ground, led the team with 12 targets, and had a 19-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. "The Human Joystick" looks like he'll have a huge role as a rookie, especially with top receiver Cameron Meredith (ACL) and Kevin White (likely) out for for the season. He's a FLEX option in both standard and PPR leagues in Week 2 against the Buccaneers.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Bears give Tarik Cohen 11 carries in Week 2 preseason game.

The rookie running back also known as "The Human Joystick" took advantage of some first-team carries with Jordan Howard (minor eye injury) out of the game. Cohen had 77 yards on his 11 carries, including a long of 25 yards. It definitely looks like Cohen will get the second most carries in Chicago's backfield behind Jordan Howard this season. He's worth a selection at the very end of drafts as a dynamic guy that could potentially be a boom/bust FLEX option as a rookie.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

Tarik Cohen carries seven times for 39 yards in Week 1 of the preseason.

"The Human Joystick" showed his electric ability, as the rookie also returned a punt for 17 yards. Though normal number two Jeremy Langford was out for the game, Cohen worked as the second running back and he's certainly going to mix in this season.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

John Fox and the Bears see rookie running back Tarik Cohen as having a third down role.

Fox said Cohen is a "joker back" that they'll use to help with matchups on offense because they "weren't nearly as successful" as they needed to be on third down last season. Cohen is nicknamed the "Human Joystick" for a reason, and he might be able to put up some numbers this season, especially in PPR leagues. This could slightly decrease Jordan Howard's value, but Howard should still easily get 250+ carries.

Tarik Cohen | Bears RB

The Bears select North Carolina A&T RB Tarik Cohen with the 119th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Nicknamed the "Human Joystick," Cohen is just 5'6" but is an explosive weapon on offense. The Bears are obviously set with Jordan Howard, but Cohen could end up being his change-of-pace backup and passing-down back for Chicago. He won't be able to carry the load if injuries occur in front of him, so Cohen probably will not be a fantasy option in 2017.

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