Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney is coming off a formidable season where he emerged as Chicago’s top option. The previous fifth-round selection recorded his first 1,000-yard season, which was made much more impressive considering the state of the Bears offense.
Sports Illustrated’s Conor Orr examined every NFC team’s most underrated players, and it wasn’t a surprise to seek out Mooney on the list. Especially considering he’s already made an impression just two years in.
I’m in a little bit of a kerfuffle with Bears Twitter in the intervening time, over my take that Justin Fields is in trouble and will flag down an Uber for the subsequent flight out of town before his profession gets seriously damaged. That said, I can still appreciate Mooney, who thrived in one of the broken offenses within the NFL last 12 months. His abilities after the catch are borderline harking back to vintage Odell Beckham Jr., allowing him to show vacant space right into a very dangerous weapon. I’ll enterprise to guess that if Chicago pulls off any stunning upsets this 12 months, it would be in games where Mooney goes off. 4 of his six best games were wins in Chicago last 12 months, including a five-catch, 125-yard performance against the Lions through which he was virtually unguardable.
Following the departure of Allen Robinson in free agency, Mooney’s the highest option for Chicago, which presents its own challenges. He’ll likely be the main focus of double teams, which might open up opportunities for other receivers on the roster. And Mooney’s able to function a decoy to assist his teammates.
“I’m ready for whatever anybody brings to me,” Mooney said, via The Gadsden Times. “I’m ready for any task, any kind of defense that we’re seeing, whatever it’s, anyway, I will help the team. You recognize, if I get double teamed, I’ll be a decoy for the team so everybody else could be open. I mean, I’m good with that. Anyway I will help win.”
Mooney is the one proven commodity within the wide receiver room, but there are some intriguing names in Byron Pringle and Velus Jones Jr., who figure to learn from Mooney getting the eye.
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