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Is a Tarik Cohen Trade Imminent for the Bears?

The Bears need draft picks and this is how they get some.

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In a time without any sports actually being played, this has been one of the wildest weeks ever thanks to the NFL. Free agency is upon us and we’ve had a slough of ridiculous trades, i.e. DeAndre Hopkins, and one of the all-time greats donning new colors for the first time in Tom Brady.

Tampa Bay is actually the reason for this potential move. Tom Brady needs a check-down running back to dump the ball off to and Tarik Cohen is the perfect fit. Don’t go screaming at me yet though, this will all make sense.

2018 was Cohen’s breakout year. He had 725 receiving yards and five touchdowns. The short passing game is exactly how he should be used. He makes defenders miss.

Rushing & Receiving Table
Game RushRushRushRushRushRushRush ReceReceReceReceReceReceReceReceReceReceRece TotaTotaTota
Year G Rush Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD 1D Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% Y/Tgt Touch Y/Tch YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2018*+16994443324.527.86.2917172510.2530704.445.378.0%8.01706.911698710
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/19/2020.

Then comes 2019 and the absolutely drastic drop-off that wasn’t his fault at all. He had ZERO rushing touchdowns, compared to the three he had in 2018, and his receiving yards dropped to 456 with three touchdowns.

Rushing & Receiving Table
Game RushRushRushRushRushRushRushRush ReceReceReceReceReceReceReceReceReceReceRece TotaTotaTota
Year G Rush Yds TD 1D Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD 1D Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% Y/Tgt Touch Y/Tch YScm RRTD Fmb AV
20191664213015193.313.34.0104794565.8318314.928.576.0%4.41434.7669335
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/19/2020.

This decline is a product of Matt Nagy not using him properly. He is not the guy to rush up the middle into a big line of men double his size; he cannot break through that.

I propose Ryan Pace take a good look at these numbers and Matt Nagy to get something out of Cohen. If Nagy can’t use him properly, then trade him to Tampa Bay where Bruce Arians will.

Tom Brady needs an agile running back to dump the ball off to when his offensive line inevitably leaks and he’s about to get smashed by Cameron Jordan.


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Jeffrey
Jeffrey
2 years ago

Okay so what do the Bears get in return? A 5th rounder? Is that really worth it for a cheap player that still has some great ability? Historically what value does a 5th rounder really net?

shamrock6699
2 years ago

I hope they do trade Cohen. He is not the same player they drafted or even the same player he was in his Rookie season. Somewhere along the line he got his bell wrung pretty good and he no longer tries to make moves for extra yards.

If you watch the tape from year 2 on he pretty much gets the ball and runs straight to the sideline and out of bounds or he falls to the ground after the catch. The entire reason he was drafted was to make people miss and rack up huge yards if not on runs then on passes. He gets almost no extra yards, his yards per carry is not good and his yards after catch is even worse.

It’s not that the Bears are using him wrong or doing much different with him. The problem is he’s scared of being hit and not getting the extra yards after he gets the ball.

I don’t have memberships to those crazy analytic sites that track everything, but would love to know if one of those sites tracks players who voluntarily go to the ground or voluntarily run out of bounds. I’d bet he was a league leader.

shamrock6699
2 years ago

And Truth be told his 2018 receiving numbers could of easily been closer to 2019. He had several huge plays on wheel routes out of the backfield where he caught long passes he ran under and was untouched. Not much of his YAC was from lining up in the slot, catching a slant, and making LB’s and safety’s miss and him breaking off huge yards. Not many of his rec yards in 2018 were from catching swing passes in the backfield and making people miss and breaking off huge plays.

Fact is you can’t break off huge plays and rack up the Yac if your first instinct is to run to the sideline and get out of bounds. The Bears can’t keep a players just to hope 4-6 times a season you get the perfect wheel route play and get him matched up with a LB down the sideline without safety help.

Adrian
Adrian
Reply to  shamrock6699
2 years ago

I don’t think he’s scared of getting hit . He wouldn’t have made it to the NFL being scared of getting smacked. You didn’t talk about the huge drop off in the offensive line play . They all played horrible. There’s only so much Cohen can do when no ones blocking.

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