Celebration Bowl Hall Of Famer And NFL Running Back Signs With The New York Jets As A Return Specialist

Celebration Bowl Hall of Famer was released by Carolina following its their rookie minicamp, but found a new team with the New York Jets.
Dec 19, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; North Carolina A&T Aggies running back Tarik Cohen (28) holds up the offensive MVP award after a 41-34 win against the Alcorn State Braves in the 2015 Celebration Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; North Carolina A&T Aggies running back Tarik Cohen (28) holds up the offensive MVP award after a 41-34 win against the Alcorn State Braves in the 2015 Celebration Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

HOUSTON - NFL insider Adam Schefter has reported that the former North Carolina A&T star signed a one-year deal to compete for the New York Jets' return specialist position.

During his four active seasons in Chicago, the All-Pro running back was once considered a very dangerous weapon in the Bears' offensive attack as a rusher and receiver.

In his NFL career, Cohen has 46 kickoff returns, 96 punt returns, and one touchdown return during his rookie season. The Celebration Bowl Hall of Famer has 4,286 all-purpose yards on 599 touches.

Tarik Cohen
Dec 19, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; North Carolina A&T Aggies running back Tarik Cohen (28) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Alcorn State Braves in the fourth quarter of the 2015 Celebration Bowl at the Georgia Dome. North Carolina A&T defeated Alcorn State 41-34. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Jets head coach Robert Saleh wants to utilize Cohen's explosiveness, especially with the new kickoff rules, as a returner could potentially have over 100 returns in the 2024-25 NFL regular season.

Tarik Cohen
Sep 20, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) warms up before the game against the New York Giants at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Cohen will face tough competition from former Florida A&M speedster Marcus Riley and Xavier Gipson, all vying for the same spot during the Jets' OTAs and summer training camp.


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