When you google “Tarik Cohen”, his Wikipedia page doesn’t come up until the third page. This is worth nothing, because it seems that anything that could be potentially perceived as a slight against Cohen serves as ammunition for the Buick-sized chip on his shoulder.
The chip on Cohen’s shoulder may actually be bigger than Cohen himself, who stacks up at a diminutive 5’6″. What Cohen lacks in physical stature, however, he seems to compensate for in the form of braggadocio and self-assigned nicknames. Yet to play a snap of professional football, Cohen has already requested that he be referred to as “Big Daddy,” or, alternatively, for reasons difficult to ascertain, “Chicken Salad.”
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This is not intended to be a slight against Mr. Salad. Unless, of course, he channels his grievances into the kind of flashy big plays he made so routine while at North Carolina A&T. Cohen’s penchant for the home-run play earned him a third nickname while in school: The Human Joystick. If poking fun at Big Daddy will turn him into Devin Hester 2: Return to Touchdown, then consider all offense very much intended.
Cohen was picked by the Bears in the fourth round this year. Along with Adam Shaheen and Jordan Morgan, Chicken Salad was one of three players the Bears picked who were not from FBS schools. Unlike those other two players however, Cohen can catch a pass while doing a backflip.
John Fox plans to use Salad Daddy as a joker back. We’ve seen smaller, faster backs excel in this kind of role elsewhere, especially if those backs have the ability to catch passes out of the backfield. Darren Sproles and Danny Woodhead come to mind, but the Big Human Chicken Salad Stick fancies himself akin to a different player.
“I see myself as a Tyreek Hill-type of player, very versatile, do things in the slot and also out of the backfield, and then not to mention also the special teams,” Cohen said, according to espn.com.
If Cohen can be as explosive Hill is, that would be a tremendous boon to a Bears offense. They’ll need it, especially following the departures of Alshon Jeffery and Jay Cutler. Cohen’s Wikipedia page may be difficult to find for now, but one thing’s for certain: if he’s as good as he thinks he is, his name will be on the first page when you google “Chicken Salad.”