When it comes to making predictions, there’s usually someone, somewhere, that throws the craziest spaghetti against the wall just to see if it sticks. So it’s rare when something really jumps up and surprises us.
When we start to look over the roster to see who has been the Chicago Bears most valuable player through four games, I don’t remember anyone predicting rookie fifth round pick, Tarik Cohen, would be that guy.
As a part of SB Nation’s Theme Week, they are asking all thirty-two NFL team sites to give our newcomer of the year, and for the Bears’, Cohen is a no-brainer.
He’s second on the Bears in rushing yards (181), and he’s second on the team in receiving yards (150). He leads the Bears in both targets (29), and in receptions (24). He’s eighth in the league, and first among all rookies, in catches. Cohen is also Chicago’s primary punt returner.
He’s been used in the slot, on the wing, split out wide, and at running back. He’s the most electric playmaker that the Bears’ have had since Devin Hester.
Cohen started making a name for himself in camp, where he was a daily highlight reel, plus his catching prowess in the punt return drill quickly became legendary.
That last picture is actually Cohen catching a fifth consecutive punt, and the ball only popped out after he fell to the ground.
And then there’s this play...
Even though it didn’t count, it’s just so beautiful.
Who do you guys pick as best newcomer of the year for the Bears?