Leave it to the smallest guy on the field to make the biggest impression — Chicago Bears rookie Tarik Cohen is quickly showing fans at training camp that his 5-foot-6, 181-pound frame can make some plays.
The North Carolina A&T running back was the 119th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, a fourth round selection for the Bears.
He ran for 5,619 yards in his college career and has twice run for more than 1,500 yards in a single season, breaking his own record last year with a 1,588-yard season. He had 56 career rushing touchdowns and 59 total touchdowns in his college career. He accumulated nearly 1,000 receiving yards at A&T as well.
Now he's showing his skills off in front of NFL fans at Chicago Bears training camp. Cohen figures to be in the mix for a job on special teams from day one, and could play a change-of-pace role to running backs Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey.
Though he's small in stature, he's full of big play potential, as Bears fans are quickly seeing.
“I love the reaction from the fans,” Cohen told the Chicago Sun Times. “I never take it for granted because I feel like I can relate so much to the average fan because they feel like they’re the same size as me. They feel like they can relate closer to me. So I always try to give back, even if it’s just my time or speaking to kids or adults.”
Cohen will have plenty of opportunities in training camp and the preaseason to continue to impress Bears fans before the regular season gets underway.