Tarik Cohen is a jack-of-many-trades whose presence is missed on the field more than some might have expected.
And while there’s no easy fix for replacing someone who wears as many hats as Cohen does, the Bears are doing their part to try to piece it together. Their latest measure is hosting a renowned return specialist for a tryout:
Bears have a tryout for former Cowboys/Raiders/Giants WR and returner Dwayne Harris.
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) October 22, 2020
Jason Lieser of the Sun-Times tweets the Bears are hosting Dwayne Harris for a tryout.
This is a notable name because Harris has extensive experience as a return specialist. Harris has played 106 games, and even has 11 starts as a wide receiver under his belt. Time as a receiver aside, Harris’ specialty is returning punts. Harris has 180 returns, gained 1,825 yards, and scored four return touchdowns.
This 99-yarder is an all-time favorite of mine:
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) December 25, 2018
Heads-up special teams play is my jam!
Harris, 33, has averaged 10.1 yards per punt return over the course of his career. That’s essentially grabbing a first down for the offense before the quarterback and company step onto the field. In other words, exactly what the Bears should be looking for in a return specialist. Because with all due respect for Ted Ginn Jr., an average of 4.8 yards per punt return is a noticeable drop-off from what Cohen brought to the table when he was healthy.
Unless the Bears make a quick move to sign Harris, I imagine they’ll keep their eyes open for other options — as they should. The special teams has been mostly a strength this year, so giving it a mid-season boost is a good idea.