The Bears added Iowa State RB David Montgomery in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Montgomery is coming off 3 productive seasons for the Cyclones. He led the squad with 563 rushing yards as a true freshman and then broke out for 1,146 yards and 11 TDs in 2017. Montgomery bested those numbers this past season, racking up 1,216 yards and 13 scores. His career 4.7 yards per carry looks disappointing, but he played behind some bad offensive lines. Montgomery is a tackle-breaking machine on tape and ranked 4th in this RB class in Pro Football Focus’ 2018 Elusive Rating. He’s also adept in the passing game, totaling 71 catches over 3 college seasons and faring well in pass protection. Montgomery tested as a 36th percentile athlete at the Combine and won’t be a big-play back as a pro. But he has the size (5’10, 222 lbs.) and skill set to make it as a lead back. He joins free-agent addition Mike Davis and change-of-back guy Tarik Cohen in Chicago’s backfield. Montgomery has a shot to lead the way in touches this season.
Bears HC Matt Nagy said Monday that he'll be "smart" with his starters in Sunday's finale against the Vikings. Chicago still has a shot at the #2 seed -- but only if the Rams lose to the 49ers. If the Rams are up big in the 2nd half, guys like QB Mitchell Trubisky, RBs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, WR Allen Robinson and TE Trey Burton could get pulled.
The forecast for today's Jets-Bears game calls for 20 mph sustained winds with gusts around 35 mph. That's more than enough to impact the deep-passing and kicking games. You shouldn't have been investing in the Jets passing game anyway, but the weather is a downgrade for QB Mitchell Trubisky and WR Taylor Gabriel. Short-range targets like TE Trey Burton and RB Tarik Cohen should be fine.
Bears WR Allen Robinson (groin) is not expected to play against the Jets today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "The hope is a week off gets him right.," Rapoport adds. Robinson's absence leaves Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, Kevin White and Josh Bellamy as Chicago's top 4 WRs. It should also mean a few extra targets for RB Tarik Cohen and TE Trey Burton.
New Bears HC Matt Nagy likes what he's seen from RB Tarik Cohen both on film and early in the offseason program. “He’s a run threat and then he can catch the ball in space in broken formations," Nagy said. “That’s an advantage for the play callers and the play designers to be able to do some different things. We can move him around and try to get an advantage. … He’s dynamic." Cohen is coming off a promising rookie season that saw him average 4.3 yards per carry on 87 attempts and tally 53 catches. Nagy said recently that Jordan Howard will remain the team's lead back, but there's certainly room for Cohen to tack on another 20 or 30 touches to last year's total. He's fairly valued at his current 7th-round ADP.
Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited on Thursday for the 2nd straight practice. It's looking like he'll play vs. Pittsburgh on Sunday -- but at far less than 100%. Tarik Cohen is the better fantasy bet in the Bears backfield both in PPR and non-PPR leagues.
Bears WR Markus Wheaton (finger) is inactive for today’s game against the Bucs. That leaves Kendall Wright as the best target bet among Chicago WRs. RB Tarik Cohen and TE Zach Miller should also be busy in the passing game.
Bears HC John Fox confirmed on Monday that WR Kevin White is headed to the IR with a fractured scapula suffered in Week 1. It sounds like he's done for the season (and not a candidate for the "designated-to-return" spot). White will be 26 years old and have played in just 5 NFL games when the 2018 season kicks off. His dynasty stock is fading fast. Chicago is now left with Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton and Deonte Thompson at WR. We could see TEs Zach Miller and Dion Sims and RB Tarik Cohen play big passing-game roles the rest of the way.
Bears RB Benny Cunningham was carted off the field with an ankle injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Falcons. His absence could mean more action for rookie Tarik Cohen, who's already impressing early in his NFL debut.
Bears rookie RB Tarik Cohen started Saturday night's game against the Cardinals after Jordan Howard suffered an eye injury Friday. Cohen capitalized by gaining 77 yards on 11 carries. He's now averaging 6.4 yards per rush through 2 preseason outings and looks like the #2 RB behind Howard. That makes Cohen an intriguing later-round handcuff or standalone pick in your fantasy football draft. Despite standing just 5-foot-6, Cohen has displayed the ability to run between the tackles. The 4th-round pick also produced Darren Sproles-level college tape as a workhorse at North Carolina A&T.
The Bears added North Carolina A&T RB Tarik Cohen in the 4th round of the draft. Cohen ran for 1,100+ yards in all 4 of his college seasons -- and 1,500+ in each of the last 2. He also totaled 97 catches over the past 4 years. Cohen boasts 4.4 speed and some of the nastiest cuts you'll see from a RB in this year's class. He goes just 5'6 and 179 pounds, so he'll never be a feature back at the NFL level. But Cohen could quickly carve out a change-of-pace role behind Jordan Howard.
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