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Tarik Cohen won’t participate in 40-yard dash contest

Tarik Cohen won’t participate in 40-yard dash contest

The race to determine pro football’s fastest player won’t include Tarik Cohen, but a different Bears player still plans to participate in the tournament-style 40-yard-dash contest.

The 5-foot-6 running back was originally slated to participate in “40 yards of gold,” an independent competition that attracted the likes of New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., but Cohen’s name no longer appears in the list of 16 participants.

Still in the mix is Bears defensive back John Franklin III, an undrafted free agent from last offseason who starred in “Last Chance U” on Netflix.

He was also a star in track during his high school and college careers, with his speed allowing him to play everywhere from quarterback to wide receiver and now DB.

Before the draft last year, a video surfaced of Franklin running what appears to be a laser-timed, 4.19-second 40-yard dash

But he then went on to run a timed 4.4-second 40 in the National Scouting Combine, which is different from the full NFL scouting combine.

Franklin has already proven he’s fast, but he’ll see just how well he stacks up in his first race of the tournament June 29 against former Northern Iowa undrafted free agent Terrell Sinkfield, who ran a 4.19 40-yard dash during his Pro Day in 2013. 

Under Center Podcast: Previewing Bears-Redskins with JP Finlay

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Under Center Podcast: Previewing Bears-Redskins with JP Finlay

JJ Stankevitz chats with NBC Sports Washington Redskins Insider JP Finlay to preview Monday night's game, which just might be a must-win for Washington (1:20).

Also, is the Redskins' defense actually as bad as it's looked in the first two games of 2019? (2:30) Will Josh Norman shadow Allen Robinson and try to shut him down? (6:15)

On the offensive side of the ball, JP explains what's made Case Keenum so good this year (9:45) and if rookie wideout Terry McLaurin's explosive start to the season is sustainable (11:55). Plus, JP gets into the impact of left tackle Trent Williams' holdout (13:30) and how it's effected running back Adrian Peterson (15:05).

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WATCH: NFL Films breaks down final moments of Bears vs. Broncos

WATCH: NFL Films breaks down final moments of Bears vs. Broncos

The Chicago Bears avoided the dreaded 0-2 start by defeating the Denver Broncos last Sunday in what's become something of an instant classic for Bears fans. Eddy Pineiro's 53-yard game-winner injected life into an otherwise lifeless start to the season, and while it was incredible to watch unfold live, NFL Films' recap of the final minute is goosebump-inducing. 

"We need one second and the ball," Matt Nagy said in the Bears locker room after the win. "And that's a credit to you guys for never giving up. I dont care about stats, we got the dub!"

The Nagy-booms that followed were epic. Check it out: