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Tarik Cohen Reminds Kurt Warner of a Certain Hall-of-Fame Ex-Teammate

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Seven games into his NFL career, Tarik Cohen leads the Chicago Bears in receiving targets and catches.


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Did I mention he was a fourth round pick … and a running back?

Cohen has looked like a natural when asked to run patterns, lining up outside and in the slot while forcing defenses to account for him at all times. And Mitch Trubisky has clearly taken a liking to him and they even connected for this 70-yard pass highlighted by NFL analyst Brian Baldinger:

But wait, there’s more praise – this time from Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who compared Cohen’s route-running skills out of the backfield to a Hall-of-Famer who used to lineup in the backfield with Warner:


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Seeing a Hall of Fame quarterback say a rookie running back’s double-move was better than most receivers is one thing, but for Warner to see flashes of Marshall Faulk – who caught 767 passes, gained 6,875 receiving yards, and hauled in 85 receiving touchdowns in his 12-year career – is the highest praise any pass-catching back can get.

Let’s be real, Cohen’s double move is probably the best we’ll see from a Bears pass catcher all year. And that’s a bummer because Cameron Meredith had the best one in the NFL last year, which would have made him a nice target for Trubisky. Alas, Trubisky and Meredith will have to wait until next year to make that kind of connection.

Meanwhile, Trubisky can continue to build a rapport with Cohen, who is undoubtedly the Bears’ best playmaker on the offensive side of the ball (outside of, perhaps, Jordan Howard). Cohen has been a staple in the passing game, appearing on 41.4 percent of the team’s passing snaps as a receiver. That hasn’t changed much with Cohen being on the field for 40.6 percent of the team’s passing snaps since Trubisky took over for Mike Glennon three games ago.


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Cohen figures to continue to receive a ton of action in the passing game between now and season’s end. That is, of course, if the team allows its rookie quarterback to attempt a forward pass more often than he has in his first three starts.

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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.