Cohen: Trubisky "slinging it" in unofficial workouts

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) celebrates with quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) and Kevin White (11) after scoring during a 2018 win. The Bears quarterback competition has yet to really begin, but running back Cohen has seen good signs from returning starter Trubisky at their local throwing sessions.

    Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) celebrates with quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) and Kevin White (11) after scoring during a 2018 win. The Bears quarterback competition has yet to really begin, but running back Cohen has seen good signs from returning starter Trubisky at their local throwing sessions. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/11/2020 8:46 PM

The Bears remain locked out of Halas Hall, but the receivers have been doing some regular throwing sessions with quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

"He's slinging it right now," running back Tarik Cohen told reporters on a conference call Thursday. "You still see the talent in Mitch, he's making throws on the run. The normal Mitch you see when he's playing at his best."

 

Of course, that's the trouble with Trubisky. Fans haven't always seen his best. His touchdowns and quarterback rating took a big drop during his third season.

That's why there will be competition when the Bears reconvene. They added veteran Nick Foles, a Super Bowl winner, in a trade from Jacksonville. Foles spent a season in Kansas City as a backup in 2016 when Bears coach Matt Nagy was offensive coordinator.

"When Nick Foles joined the team, it was a shock to all of us," Cohen said. "But to me, I feel like it was a shock like, 'Oh yeah, we're about to get the best out of everybody now.' Like coach Nagy said, competition breeds success.

"I just love that. Growing up with my twin brother, we always competed in everything. I feel like it's just two brothers on the team now competing for one spot. They're going to have to get at it."

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New Bears tight end Demetrius Harris, who was also on that 2016 Chiefs team, is getting his first reps with Trubisky.

"I really didn't know too much about him," Harris said. "Every day we get together, we work hard. We have fun, have the music playing and get to it every day. I like him. What I see, I like him. I don't see nothing wrong with him."

Cohen provided some details on how the workouts come together. He identified Trubisky as the leader.

"They're not too out of the norm of what we do every year," Cohen said. "You get to meet players, like I met (rookie tight end) Cole Kmet for the first time a couple days ago, good guy. So everybody just getting the vibe of everybody before training camp."

Of course, the vibe will be different when training camp begins and there's some serious competition between the quarterbacks.

"Mitch always has that grind in him, so that's not changing," Cohen said. "I've seen him want it more than everybody else around him, when we first came in as rookies together, and I still feel that same intensity from him."

Cohen ready for change:

Tarik Cohen talked about his own decline in production. In 2019, he set a career-high with 79 receptions, but those catches amounted to 269 fewer receiving yards than he had in 2018.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"Definitely felt a lot toward the end of the year that my body was deteriorating more than I would normally feel," he said. "So I felt like my hips were tight and lower back. I've been doing yoga now, stretching more often and just the small training room, in-house things that you do to keep your body durable."

Cohen is also looking for some changes in the game plan with new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.

"I feel like we're just going to simplify things," Cohen said. "At times, we made it too hard on ourselves. And we didn't have people guessing, I feel like we were kind of showing our cards a little bit. I feel like this year with a new OC, coach Lazor, already seeing the things he has planned for us, it's going to be hard to tell who's getting the ball -- when or how they're getting the ball too."

When head coach Matt Nagy was asked about Cohen's sliding stat line, he brushed it off.

"You could look across the board at every position and say we struggled. We understand that," Nagy said. "That's gone. We don't care anymore about 2019, we don't care about 2018. I don't even like bringing it up because we're in such a good place."

Jackson can't wait:

Safety Eddie Jackson told reporters he couldn't be more anxious to get back to business as usual.

"I don't care if they tell us we've got to wear a face mask in the building (Halas Hall), they just need to let us back in the building," he said. "I was telling my friend the other day, I never missed sitting in a meeting so bad until now. Just really ready to get back.

"It's been different, man. I really miss football. I don't think I can say it enough. I'd give up anything to just sit in a meeting room right now, just watch film with my teammates. It's crazy."

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