Tarik Cohen ‘not ready to handle the burden of everything now’

Heading into their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, the Bears were seeking playmakers to emerge on offense.

It’s the failure to make the one big play that has hampered the Bears, in 2015, they lost four games where the opposing team score the go ahead score late in the fourth quarter or in overtime. Cohen is a waiver wire target if still available and will hold stand-alone value all season.

Chicago Bears head coach John Fox said that quarterback Mike Glennon, “operated the team well”, in a 23-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. After all, Tampa Bay was supposed to be in Miami playing the Dolphins at the exact same time. The expectations of a few heavily targeted games are realistic as the Bears could be trailing in games much of the season.

“When I saw what he did in his first game, I wasn’t shocked at all”, said cornerback Ryan Smith, who played at N.C. Central when Cohen played for rival N.C. A&T. “He is a guy that can really scoot. We beat him, but he was a great player”. I’m not caught up on the stats: how many rushing yards, how many receiving yards. His instincts took him back against the grain, where he was able to outrun 10 Falcons defenders back to the opposite sideline. “He is a talented guy”. “Just because I’m not on the field doesn’t mean a play can’t be made”.

The carry that stood out the most was a 46-yard gain. With White going down, this could open up more passing plays for Cohen.

Tampa Bay is led by quarterback Jameis Winston, who passed for 4,090 yards with 28 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and an 86.1 passer rating previous year in his second National Football League season.

However, he wasn’t on the field as much down the stretch of the team’s Week 1 loss, and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains was concerned about putting too much on the North Carolina A&T product. “And if you guys remember, I told you last year, and the year before, and the year before: ‘Sit back and enjoy, because you’re watching greatness.’ …” “We knew how good he was going to be for us and he showed that today”.

With the ball in his hands as a punt returner, runner and receiver, Cohen’s 158 all-purpose yards – five rushes for 66 yards, eight receptions for 47 yards and three punt returns for 45 yards – set a franchise debut record.

“The selection of Cohen signals the Bears trying to get more matchup opportunities on the field”.

So although Chicago may be thin, they do have a knack for finding those diamond in the rough players recently.

“Well I think each week it’s a completely different animal in terms of what defense they’re defending”, said the Bucs’ coordinator. “They definitely wanted to focus on him and get him the ball”. On various plays he worked against corners, safeties and linebackers. Cohen, instead of making one of those moves, lowered his shoulder into Trufant and bowled through him to get in the end zone. While he is undoubtedly a gifted athlete, his size will limit his ceiling to at least some degree, and thazt brings up another item to consider; Cohen and Howard will nearly certainly work as a time share, which could limit the Fantasy value of both players in some matchups. “And we ended up offering him a scholarship and he signed and the rest is history”.

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