Standing 5-foot-6, former Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen is interested in making an NFL comeback after missing the last two seasons while recovering from an ACL injury.
While he never had more than 99 carries in a single season, Cohen was a prolific receiving back — especially during the 2019 season, seeing 104 targets and catching 79 of them, and going for 456 yards and three touchdowns.
Former Bears? RB Tarik Cohen, who missed the 2021 season while recovering from an ACL injury and was out of football last season recovering, is now healthy and ready for NFL workouts, per his agents Drew Rosenhaus and Ryan Matha. At 28, Cohen wants to resume his NFL career.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 22, 2023
According to his agents Ryan Matha and Drew Rosenhaus, Cohen, 28, is healthy and seeking NFL workouts.
Cohen's size might not be the most intimidating as a pure runner, but his specialty as a receiver could help numerous teams around the league.
Tarik Cohen with 195 targets over a two year stretch was wild man pic.twitter.com/J50RddHs2t
— Kyle Lindemann (@LuckIsMadeFF) August 22, 2023
For fantasy football players, Cohen was always a fantastic late-round points-per-reception-based running back option, as he had nearly 200 targets through two seasons.
Cohen has played in four seasons and 51 games. He ran for 1,101 yards on 264 carries (4.2 yards per attempt) and five touchdowns. His value as a receiver was fantastic, accumulating 209 receptions across those 51 games for 1,575 yards and nine touchdowns.
With Jonathan Taylor requesting a trade out of town, the Indianapolis Colts could potentially be a notable team to show interest in Cohen. He doesn't have nearly the same skill set as Taylor, but he could serve as a complementary piece to a more traditional first- and second-down back. Some other teams that could be potential landing spots are the Minnesota Vikings or the Cleveland Browns.
Two years out of the game is a long time, but this has given Cohen time to recuperate. And he has a skill set that, especially in today's pass-heavy NFL, will have value, even if for a season or two.
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