Darnell Mooney

Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #11
Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #11
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Scores first touchdown of season

Mooney caught five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 24-14 loss to the Packers on Sunday

Analysis: Mooney led the Bears with eight targets, but he was unable to make downfield plays while the Packers were applying consistent pressure on Justin Fields. On his touchdown, Mooney found an opening in the Green Bay zone, and Fields found him for an easy score. Since Fields entered the mix at quarterback for the Bears, Mooney has posted at least 66 yards or scored in three of the last five games, and he should continue to see enough targets to be in consideration as a starting option when making weekly fantasy lineups.

Oct 17, 2021 1:19 PM EST

Good for Sunday

Mooney (groin) has no injury designation for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: It was the same deal last week, with Mooney listed on the injury report before logging a full practice Friday and avoiding a game designation. He's showing signs of Year 2 improvement with a 64.5 percent catch rate and 8.4 yards per target, but he's averaging only 6.2 targets per week overall and 5.3 per game with QB Justin Fields as the starter. It is possible Mooney gets some extra looks if Allen Robinson (Q/ankle) is limited or unavailable, though A-Rob returned to practice Friday.

Oct 15, 2021 11:36 AM EST

Limited Thursday

Mooney (groin) was limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: With another limited showing under his belt, Mooney has been listed as such in 10 of the past 11 Bears injury reports. Still, it hasn't impacted his ability to suit up on game days, so even if he enters the weekend with a designation for Sunday's contest versus the Packers, he doesn't seem to be a candidate to sit out. Through five outings this season, Mooney has been hit or miss, with three games below 40 receiving yards, one with 100-plus yards and overall no touchdowns.

Oct 14, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Remains limited at practice

Mooney (groin) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday.

Analysis: Mooney has been a regular on Bears injury reports this season, but his health concerns haven't impacted his ability to suit up for games. He hasn't visited the end zone through five contests, but his overall receiving line of 20-261-0 on 31 targets is reasonable enough working with Andy Dalton and rookie Justin Fields. Fields (rib/knee) was able to practice fully Wednesday, while No. 1 wide receiver Allen Robinson (ankle) showed up on the report for the first time this season as a non-participant. The extent of Robinson's health concern is unknown, but Mooney would stand to benefit if the former misses any time or is inhibited on game days.

Oct 13, 2021 2:39 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Mooney caught three passes for 35 yards in the Bears' 20-9 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: In a game Chicago controlled from the second quarter on, Justin Fields only threw 20 passes, and the result was a limited passing attack that directly impacted Mooney's fantasy potential. Although he tied for the team lead with five targets, the conservative play calls limited the potential for big plays, which is Mooney's specialty. Although he's been very inconsistent this season, his ability to catch long passes will continue to make him a borderline fantasy starter.

Oct 10, 2021 4:42 PM EST

Cleared for Week 5

Mooney (groin) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Quarterback play is now the biggest concern for both Mooney and Allen Robinson, though the second-year pro did catch five of seven targets for 125 yards last week in a 24-14 win over the Lions. Rookie Justin Fields, while erratic, has at least sent 15 of his 52 targets (28.9 percent) in Mooney's direction so far, while Robinson (13, 25.0 percent) is the only other player who has seen more than eight passes from the rookie QB. Injuries could improve Mooney's matchup this week, with the Raiders potentially missing No. 2 CB Trayvon Mullen (foot) and No. 4 CB Damon Arnette (groin).

Oct 8, 2021 11:37 AM EST

Stays limited at practice

Mooney (groin) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: Despite dealing with a few injuries this season, Mooney hasn't missed a game, and his share of the offensive snaps has been above 70 percent in all four contests. He hit that number exactly this past Sunday against the Lions, but he nonetheless put together his best performance of the campaign (5-125-0 on seven targets). Assuming he gets the all-clear ahead of Sunday's visit to Las Vegas, Mooney may produce against a Raiders defense that has allowed the 12th-most catches (57) to wide receivers in 2021.

Oct 7, 2021 2:11 PM EST

Still limited by groin issue

Mooney (groin) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Mooney has been a regular on Bears injury reports this season, first with a back issue and now a groin injury. The latter concern has lingered into a third consecutive week of prep, but he is coming off his most productive performance of the season this past Sunday, when he hauled in five of seven passes for 125 yards versus the Lions. Assuming he gets through this week unscathed, too, Mooney will look to continue to his recent success with Justin Fields under center moving forward.

Oct 6, 2021 2:52 PM EST

Eclipses century mark

Mooney caught five passes for 125 yards in the Bears' 24-14 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Mooney streaked between a pair of defenders, and Justin Fields threw a perfect pass on a 64-yard connection, helping the receiver to the first 100-yard game of his career. In a game the Bears threw just 17 passes, Mooney had seven targets, and he was the only Chicago receiver with more than three looks. He's now seen at least seven targets in all but one game this year, but with inconsistent production so far, he'll be a risky fantasy option with moderate upside.

Oct 3, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Suiting up Sunday

Mooney (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Analysis: Mooney has been dogged by the groin injury for both of the past two weeks, but it didn't stop him from playing 98 percent of the Bears' offensive snaps in the Week 3 loss to the Browns. The Justin Fields-led passing game struggled mightily in the rookie quarterback's first NFL start, and Mooney was no exception to that, as he finished Week 3 with one reception for nine yards on four targets. Fields will draw a much softer matchup in his second start this weekend, and with some better game planning from the Bears' coaching staff, Mooney could be in store for a bounce-back outing versus Detroit.

Oct 3, 2021 8:50 AM EST

Groin injury not going away

Mooney (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Analysis: Mooney has logged a trio of limited practices this week. He played through this injury against the Browns in Week 3 but was held to one catch in Justin Fields' first start under center. Getting quarterback Andy Dalton (knee) back would be a boon to Mooney's outlook, but Dalton's also listed as questionable after three limited practices of his own.

Oct 1, 2021 11:55 AM EST

Still limited Thursday

Mooney (groin) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: Mooney has gutted through back and groin injuries so far this season, and even though his practice reps have been capped by the Bears, he's logged at least 89 percent of the offensive snaps in all three games. It's possible the combination of being less than 100 percent and poor quarterback play have contributed to a pedestrian 12-101-0 line on 19 targets, but he'll look to get on the right track Week 4 against the Lions, assuming he's active.

Sep 30, 2021 2:19 PM EST

Remains limited at practice

Mooney (groin) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Mooney's availability has been in question for all three games this season, first by a back injury Weeks 1 and 2 and then by a groin issue last week, but he still was able to play on game days. The latter has followed him into Week 4 prep, but perhaps the bigger question mark in Chicago is who will be throwing him passes. Andy Dalton (knee), who sat out this past Sunday in Cleveland, also was limited Wednesday, while rookie Justin Fields brushed off a right thumb injury and practiced in full. If Dalton doesn't make the requisite progress this week, Mooney likely will be on the receiving end of throws from Fields on Sunday against the Lions, assuming the wide receiver suits up again himself.

Sep 29, 2021 2:19 PM EST

Nearly invisible in loss

Mooney caught one pass for nine yards in the Bears' 26-6 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: Mooney was second on the team with four targets, but with the Chicago offense completely dominated by the Browns, the team was unable to sustain drives, which contributed to his weak performance. After having been targeted at least seven times in each of his prior games, he'll likely bounce back, and he may do so in an excellent matchup next week against the Lions.

Sep 26, 2021 1:54 PM EST

Good to go Week 3

Mooney (groin) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Browns.

Analysis: Mooney was limited in practice all week for the Bears, but he'll ultimately suit up despite a "questionable" tag. Last week against the Bengals, Mooney led the bears in snap share and targets, and this week, he'll face a middle-of-the-pack Cleveland secondary that has allowed 29 catches and two touchdowns to opposing wideouts through two games. The other variable here is a new signal caller, as Justin Fields will be making his first career NFL start.

Sep 26, 2021 8:37 AM EST

Deemed questionable

Mooney (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Cleveland.

Analysis: Mooney was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday, after seeing a team-high eight targets (6-66-0) on 89 percent snap share in the Week 2 win over Cincinnati. If Mooney ends up on the inactive list ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. et kickoff, the Bears likely will turn to Marquise Goodwin and/or Damiere Byrd across from Allen Robinson. The team also has Breshad Perriman, but he was a healthy scratch for the first two games.

Sep 24, 2021 11:40 AM EST

Still limited Thursday

Mooney (groin) was limited at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Prior to having his practice reps capped this week due to a groin injury, Mooney had them managed during prep for the first two games of the season with a back issue. The second-year wide receiver still was able to suit up Weeks 1 and 2, combining for 11 catches (on 15 targets) for 92 yards and no touchdowns. Friday's injury report may clear up Mooney's standing heading into the weekend.

Sep 23, 2021 1:56 PM EST

Remains limited by back injury

Mooney (groin) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday.

Analysis: Mooney has been bothered by a back injury each of the first three weeks of the campaign. The results have been modest through two games, with the second-year receiver gathering in 11 of 15 targets for 92 yards and no touchdowns. Assuming he follows the same path this week. Mooney could produce Sunday against a Browns defense that has given up 9.5 YPT to wideouts this season (11th worst in the NFL).

Sep 22, 2021 2:14 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Mooney caught six passes for 66 yards in the Bears' 20-17 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

Analysis: Not only did Mooney lead the team in receiving yardage, but his eight targets made him the only Chicago receiver with more than four. With the Bears leading throughout, they only threw 24 passes, so he could be in line for even better production in future games when the team needs to keep up on the scoreboard, especially as the second option in what seems to be a fairly narrow team target tree.

Sep 19, 2021 1:40 PM EST

Suiting up Week 2

Mooney (back) is listed as active Sunday against the Bengals.

Analysis: Going back to Week 1 prep, Mooney has logged four consecutive full practices, but the Bears have listed him as questionable for both of their first two games of the campaign. Still, he's ready to go Week 2 versus a Cincinnati defense that allowed 22 catches (fourth most in the NFL) to Minnesota wide receivers in the season opener.

Sep 19, 2021 8:32 AM EST

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