Bears coach Matt Nagy sees parallels between Tarik Cohen and Tyreek Hill

Tarik Cohen led the Bears in yards from scrimmage as a rookie, but to match his idol in Kansas City, he must improve in Year 2. EPA/Tannen Maury

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chicago Bears all-purpose threat Tarik Cohen's admiration for Kansas City's Tyreek Hill is well documented.

Within hours of being drafted by the Bears in the fourth round out of North Carolina A&T last spring, Cohen told reporters that he sees himself "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's prediction was pretty much spot on.

The 5-foot-6 running back/wide receiver/return man/Wildcat quarterback had a memorable first year in Chicago. Cohen became the first NFL rookie since Gale Sayers in 1965 to score touchdowns via rushing, receiving, passing and punt return in a single season.

Cohen finished the regular season second on the Bears in receptions (53) and rushing yards (370). He led the club with 855 combined return yards, and tallied an impressive 1,578 yards from scrimmage.

For comparison sake, Hill amassed 1,836 yards from scrimmage as a rookie in 2016.

But to truly follow in Hill's footsteps, Cohen's game must improve in Year 2.

Hill proved last season that he definitely wasn't a one-year wonder. The 5-foot-10 speedster averaged 15.8 yards per catch for the Chiefs in 2017, up from 9.7 yards per reception the year before. Hill led Kansas City in receiving yards (1,183) and was the club's second-leading pass-catcher (75) behind only tight end Travis Kelce.

The good news for Cohen, is that the system Hill thrived in the past two years is coming to Chicago.

Enter new Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who served as Kansas City's play caller for the final four games of the 2017 regular season and the playoffs. Nagy is expected to bring along many of the concepts he learned in Kansas City under Andy Reid, meaning the first-year head coach should have a head start in understanding how to utilize a player with Cohen's unique skill-set.

"Well, No. 1, size-wise you see that and you say, 'OK, they're pretty similar, right?'" Nagy said at the NFL scouting combine. "And then you have the speed, the shiftiness, the moves, everything that they do. They're similar in the fact that you can move them around and do different things. As you see on tape, the one thing if you go back and look at simple numbers, you're going to see that Cohen can run the ball a little bit more from the backfield. Not that Tyreek can't.

"So they're different. So I don't think it is fair to compare them but I do understand why people compare them, and for me, I am very excited to coach both of them and look forward to working with Cohen."