In sports news, the New York Jets made an unexpected move on Wednesday by signing veteran running back Tarik Cohen, despite already having a deep backfield.

The Jets’ roster features four strong running backs: Breece Hall, Izzy Abanikanda, Braelon Allen, and Isaiah Davis. Hall is expected to dominate the carries, with Allen and Davis, both highly touted picks from the 2024 NFL Draft, likely to play significant roles. This crowded lineup raises questions about where Cohen fits in.

Head coach Robert Saleh addressed the media, highlighting Cohen’s potential impact, particularly on special teams. ‘Tarik is an explosive playmaker. He’s starting to get back healthy,’ Saleh said. ‘With the new kickoff rules, kick returners could touch the ball over 100 times a year. A guy like him, still young despite his injuries, is exciting to have aboard.’

Jets Make Moves: Signing Tarik Cohen

Cohen, known as ‘The Human Joystick’ during his college days, made a name for himself with his agility and ability to evade defenders. From 2017 to 2020 with the Chicago Bears, he averaged 5.7 yards per touch and accumulated 2,676 total scrimmage yards. However, after a series of severe injuries, including torn knee ligaments, a fractured fibula, and a torn Achilles, Cohen’s role in the Jets’ offense might be limited.

Instead, Cohen is expected to shine on special teams. During his time with the Bears, he excelled as a return specialist, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in 2018. He led the league with 411 punt return yards that year and maintained an impressive career average of over 10 yards per punt return.

The NFL’s new kickoff rules have increased the value of skilled returners, prompting teams to prioritize players like Cohen. The Jets already have Xavier Gipson, a promising return specialist who led the team with 830 return yards and a touchdown last season. Despite this, Saleh mentioned that the returner position is open for competition, with Cohen being a strong candidate.

Ultimately, Cohen represents a low-risk, high-reward addition for the Jets as they aim to end their 13-season playoff drought.

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