Tarik Cohen is a household name in FCS and HBCU circles, but he's quickly becoming a player to watch in the NFL. After impressing in training camp and putting up a solid preseason debut, Cohen continued his strong summer with a great showing in his second preseason game.
Cohen and the Bears took down the Arizona Cardinals in a close, 24-23 game that saw both teams struggle to do much of anyhting on the ground. Outside of Tarik Cohen, that is.
Cohen ran the ball 11 times for 77 yards, including a long carry of 25 yards. No other running back on the field managed more than 18 total rushing yards, and Cohen's teammate Joshua Rounds needed nine carries to get to that number.
Andre Ellington led Arizona with five carries for 11 yards, and Arizona ran for just 40 yards as a team.
The Chicago Bears spent a fourth-round draft pick on Cohen out of North Carolina A&T, likely thinking they had a nice change of pace back and a special teams return man.
Cohen is quickly showing he should be the No. 2 back behnd second-year pro Jordan Howard, which would give the Bears a strong one-two punch out of the backfield.
Following the preseason game Cohen told reporters "I’m always looking to hit the home-run ball.” Clearly, the Bears were looking for a home-run draft pick when they caled out Cohen's name.