Even though Tarik Cohen was shut out of the Professional Football Writers of America All-Rookie team, the first year Chicago Bears’ player did receive one All-Rookie honor. The ESPN reporters that cover the NFC North, Minnesota's Courtney Cronin, Green Bay’s Rob Demovsky, Detroit’s Michael Rothstein, and Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson voted on the best of the NFC North, and Cohen was their top rookie.
The North leading Vikings dominated their year end awards, winning Offensive MVP (Case Keenum), Defensive MVP (Harrison Smith), and Coach of the Year (Mike Zimmer), but Cohen managed to shine through for the Bears.
He ended his rookie season with 1,583 all purpose yards, which was ninth highest in the league. I’d say the odds are fairly high that new Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy, and his offensive staff, will devise even more ways to get the ball in Cohen’s hands than the offensive brain trust from a year ago.
Back to the Vikes for a second, if it wasn’t for a torn ACL, they might have swept these ESPN awards. Through only four games, rookie Dalvin Cook was averaging 88.5 yards per game, with 11 receptions.
Do you guys think there’ a chance the Bears have anyone named to these awards next year?