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Tarik Cohen explodes in season debut

Tarik Cohen explodes in season debut”

Jordan Howard entered the 2017 season as a first-round fantasy running back who many owners hinged their championship aspirations to.

Cohen led the Bears in rushing yards opposite the Falcons, racking up 66 yards on just five carries, thanks in large part to a big gain on a 46-yard run. His words were prescient.

"We have a lot of playmakers all around this team", Cohen said. 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.

Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains didn't tip his hand in preseason games. Production will be matchup dependent for both running backs, so you'll need to temper expectations from week to week and use them properly to get the most out of them.

Clearly, Cohen isn't a novelty. What is worse is that Kevin White is now likely out for the season. We'll take a look at the different ways Cohen was utilized.

"By the way, he is a game wrecker", said Smith of Cohen, who accounted for more than a third of the Bears' yards from scrimmage against Atlanta. His instincts took him back against the grain, where he was able to outrun 10 Falcons defenders back to the opposite sideline.

That, though, is exactly what the Bears need - someone who can fill in for Howard and make plays in tough situations. But the level of competition he played against at North Carolina A&T and that of the National Football League is incomparable.

In fact, there were a few examples where Cohen bounced the ball outside despite having clear running lanes in between the tackles. Cohen gives Glennon a legitimate home run threat on the field.

Early in the fourth quarter trailing 13-10, the Bears defense had the Falcons offense facing third and 10 on the Falcons 12-yard line.

Cohen was asked about it at his locker.

Cohen was a stud in the passing game. This chart from the NFL's Next Gen Stats graphically illustrates that outside running pattern. Granted, he hasn't faced a regular-season defense yet, but he's made the most of the opportunities that he's been given.

The team was yet again overmatched from a talent aspect, especially at the wide receiver position against a highly superior team and found themselves one play away from having the biggest upset of the week.

Before dissecting the game, it is important to understand where Cohen came from. If not for two late drops at the goal line by the Bears, the Falcons may even have lost the game.

Cohen's versatility makes Mike Glennon's job a whole lot easier.

The Falcons play a Cover-3 zone.

Cohen is getting similar feedback via social media. Along with a handful of touchdowns, that would put Cohen in the top-24 conversation.

"We all went to my house yesterday", Raynard said, "but for some reason it wasn't working and we couldn't get the (Bears) game. They definitely wanted to focus on him and get him the ball".

Is Cohen capable of being this good all the time? Defenses will declare their coverage intentions before the snap and sell out to the sideline to try and funnel plays back inside. "We knew how good he was going to be with us and he showed that today". He ran the ball, caught the ball and scored a touchdown. Are we partial to him because we naturally root for the underdog?

"He's a great player", said Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander. "Coming from college, scoring touchdowns every game, and just to start my National Football League career with a touchdown, it feels great".

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