Cohen missed most of 2020 with a torn ACL and David Montgomery had a major breakout. That makes Cohen's role in 2021 more mysterious than it was heading into last season. For that reason, Cohen should be treated as a low-end No. 3 running back in PPR worth a pick no sooner than Round 8. In non-PPR he's a flier in the double-digit rounds.
Cohen (knee) may be weeks away from practicing, Mark Grote of WSCR Radio reports. Still rehabbing from the ACL tear he suffered Week 3 last season, Cohen has stayed on the PUP list through the first handful of practices at training camp. A return in mid/late August could still give him a shot to suit up for Week 1, but there's no assurance he'll reclaim his previous role -- one that entailed steady targets on offense and punt returns on special teams.
Cohen (knee) was placed on the preseason PUP list Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. The 26-year-old continues to recover from the torn ACL he sustained Week 3 last year, and he's not fully healthy for the start of training camp. Cohen didn't participate in June minicamp and apparently won't be ready when practice starts this week. Damien Williams was signed in the offseason and provides some veteran depth behind David Montgomery, so the Bears may take a cautious approach with Cohen early on in camp.
Cohen (knee) didn't participate in June minicamp and looked "a bit stiff" walking around with his right leg wrapped, according to Mark Grote of WSCR Radio. Cohen tore his ACL in late September, giving him more than 11 months for recovery and rehab fore Week 1 of the 2021 campaign. It's generally been assumed he'd be ready, but the reports from minicamp suggest we can't take it for granted. The Bears seemingly can afford to take a cautious approach, with David Montgomery and Damien Williams providing plenty of experience in the backfield. Between Montgomery's late-2020 breakout and Williams' solid work in Kansas City, it's fair to wonder if Cohen is looking at a reduce role this season, health aside.
The Bears have signed Damien Williams to join Cohen (knee) and David Montgomery in the backfield, ESPN reports. Montgomery's strong finish to 2020 locks him in as the lead ballcarrier, but it's less clear how targets will be divided between three above-average pass catchers. Cohen is the best route-runner of the bunch, but he's too small to be an effective blocker, and he might need some time to regain his explosiveness after suffering an ACL tear in late September. While a repeat of his target totals from 2018 (91) or 2019 (104) thus seems unlikely, Cohen should still be a significant contributor to the Bears in 2021, the first season of his three-year extension. His $1.4 million base salary this year is guaranteed, but he doesn't have any guarantees remaining thereafter.
Cohen (knee - ACL) will be placed on injured reserve Monday. Cohen suffered a season-ending torn ACL during Sunday's win over the Falcons, so his placement on IR was only ever a matter of time. The move leaves Ryan Nall as the top backup to David Montgomery, though Cordarrelle Patterson is a likely candidate to see increased backfield snaps with Cohen out. The Bears may also see fit to promote Artavis Pierce from the practice squad.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@Los Angeles Rams||6||14.56|
|5||10/10||@Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|6||10/17||Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
|7||10/24||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|8||10/31||San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|14||12/12||@Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
|17||01/02||New York Giants||17||17.50|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||59||244||1||52||407||3||86|