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Darnell Mooney

Darnell Mooney

Wide Receiver #11
Team: Chicago Bears
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 176 lb.
College:Tulane
Age:23
Born:October 29, 1997
Drafted:2020 / Rd. 5 (173)
Draft Team:CHI

Darnell Mooney: Could see role expands

Mooney (ankle) appears locked in as a key part of the Bears offense, while the rest of the wideout group is in flux, ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson reports.

Analysis: It'll be an interesting offseason in Chicago with WR Allen Robinson and QB Mitchell Trubisky both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in March. That leaves Mooney, RB David Montgomery and TE Cole Kmet locked in as building blocks at the skill positions, whereas Anthony Miller, Jimmy Graham and Javon Wims are on shakier footing. Mooney finished his rookie year with 61 catches for 631 yards and four touchdowns on 98 targets, playing 73 percent of Chicago's offensive snaps. The workload was surprisingly large for a fifth-round pick, and his subpar efficiency stats -- 62.2 percent catch rate, 10.3 YPR, 6.4 YPT -- were bogged down by Trubisky and Foles' poor accuracy on deep throws. Mooney had his best game of the season Week 17, but he injured his ankle in the process and wasn't able to suit up for the playoff loss to New Orleans. He should have plenty of time to recover from his injury before the Bears' offseason program starts up in April/May. It remains to be seen whether Trubisky, Foles or someone else will take the first snap at OTAs.

January 19, 2021 10:31 AM EST

Darnell Mooney: Ruled out for Sunday

Mooney (ankle) has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Saints, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Analysis: Mooney never managed to practice all week, but it's still a tough blow to a Bears offense that targeted the rookie fifth-round pick 13 times in last week's loss to the Packers. Anthony Miller and Javon Wims will be expected to shoulder some of the additional snaps in Mooney's absence.

January 9, 2021 1:07 PM EST

Darnell Mooney: Status in question for Sunday

Mooney (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's wild-card game in New Orleans.

Analysis: In the midst of a career performance Week 17 against the Packers -- 11 catches for 93 yards on 13 targets -- Mooney required assistance to get off the field in the fourth quarter. He hasn't logged any activity since injuring his ankle, but at least the Bears haven't ruled out the possibility of the rookie fifth-rounder suiting up this weekend. At the latest, the team will make a call on Mooney's availability about 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:40 p.m. ET kickoff.

January 8, 2021 11:34 AM EST

Darnell Mooney: Not practicing yet

Mooney (ankle) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Mooney injured his ankle near the end of the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Packers. The issue has kept him off the practice field this week so far, but he has one more session to prove his health ahead of Sunday's 4:40 p.m. ET kickoff in New Orleans. If he's able to suit up, Mooney previously put up a 5-69-1 line on six targets against the Saints back in Week 8.

January 7, 2021 1:01 PM EST

Darnell Mooney: Listed as DNP

Mooney (ankle) is listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's injury report, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Wednesday report is an estimate, as the Bears held a walkthrough instead of a regular practice. Mooney had career highs for catches, yards and targets in the Week 17 loss to Green Bay, putting up 11/93/0 before an ankle injury knocked him out of the game in the fourth quarter. Javon Wims picked up most of Mooney's vacated snaps, but Anthony Miller could also get more work if the rookie isn't available for the playoff game in New Orleans on Sunday.

January 6, 2021 11:57 AM EST

Darnell Mooney: Injured amid breakout game

Mooney (ankle) will not return to Sunday's game against the Packers, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Mooney was leading the Bears receivers before being forced out of Sunday's divisional matchup in the fourth quarter. Prior to injuring his ankle, the rookie fifth-round pick had secured 11 of 13 targets for 93 yards.

January 3, 2021 4:10 PM EST

Darnell Mooney: Targeted seven times in win

Mooney caught four passes for 39 yards and added a two-yard rush in Chicago's 41-17 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Although Mooney was second on the team with seven targets, he was unable to turn any of his chances into a big play, and on the one play that he was targeted deep for potential big play, Mitch Trubisky overthrew the pass. Although he scored in each of the last two games coming into this contest, he's failed to reach 50 yards in any of his last seven games, making him a low-upside fantasy option in Week 17 against the Packers.

December 27, 2020 2:47 PM EST

Darnell Mooney: Leads team in targets

Mooney caught four passes for 49 yards and a touchdown while adding a 16-yard rush in the Bears' 33-27 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Mooney scored his touchdown early in this contest, but with the Bears leading throughout, the team attempted just 21 passes, potentially keeping him from posting a bigger fantasy performance. Although he's scored in each of his last two games, he's failed to reach 50 receiving yards in any of his last six games, making him a risky fantasy option in Week 16 despite facing a weak Jacksonville defense that has a depleted secondary.

December 20, 2020 1:49 PM EST

Darnell Mooney: Scores third touchdown of season

Mooney caught two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown while adding a five-yard run in Chicago's 36-7 victory over the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: With Allen Robinson and the tight ends soaking up the majority of targets, Mooney made the most of his three touches, as he found the end zone for the first time in five games. He's only surpassed 43 yards twice this season, making him a low-upside option during the fantasy playoffs.

December 13, 2020 1:52 PM EST

Darnell Mooney: In lineup for Week 14

Mooney is active for Sunday's matchup against the Bears, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: Though the 23-year-old will suit up for Week 14, it's notable that he was unable to practice all week because of a personal matter. Javon Wims and Riley Ridley are both active for the cross-conference showdown with Houston, meaning Mooney may have to contend for offensive looks. He's attracted 15 targets the past two weeks, but there are signals indicating he may be in line for a lighter workload against Dallas. Ridley (coach's decision) was not active Week 13 for a road trip to Miami.

December 13, 2020 8:55 AM EST

Darnell Mooney: Expected to play

Coach Matt Nagy said he "feels good" about Mooney's chances to play in Sunday's game against Houston, even though the wideout missed practice all week to attend to a personal issue, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Analysis: Despite missing three practices in a row, Mooney isn't listed as questionable, doubtful or out on the Bears' final injury report. It seems the team expects him to play, but we may not know for sure until Sunday morning.

December 11, 2020 11:54 AM EST

Darnell Mooney: Misses another practice

Mooney (personal) did not practice Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Mooney has now missed two straight practices due to personal reasons, potentially putting his availability for Week 14 in jeopardy. As long as the rookie wideout can get back on the field Friday, though, he should be good for Sunday's game against the Texans.

December 10, 2020 2:52 PM EST

Darnell Mooney: Away from team

Mooney missed Wednesday's practice due to personal reasons.

Analysis: The specifics of the absence remain unclear, as Mooney was away from the team dealing to personal matters. The rookie out of Tulane has been a steady target for the Bears' quarterbacks, racking up 40 catches for 428 yards and two touchdowns through 12 games this campaign. The length of his absence is also uncertain, but it's still too early to panic on his chances to play in Week 14.

December 9, 2020 3:30 PM EST

Darnell Mooney: Targeted six times in defeat

Mooney caught four passes for 43 yards in Chicago's 34-30 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: With the Bears leading for the majority this contest, they had no need to aggressively attack the Detroit defense with Mooney's downfield ability, keeping him from taking advantage of a secondary that was missing two of their top three cornerbacks. On the season, he's only surpassed 43 yards on two occasions while failing to reach 70 yards in any contest, making it unlikely that he'll provide fantasy managers with much upside in the fantasy playoffs.

December 6, 2020 2:23 PM EST

Darnell Mooney: Will face Lions

Mooney (knee) is active for Sunday's matchup against Detroit.

Analysis: Mooney was a late addition to the Bears' injury report this week, sitting out Friday's practice after experiencing no restrictions Wednesday or Thursday. Coach Matt Nagy provided reassurance soon thereafter, noting the receiver's absence as a precautionary measure. The 23-year-old will, indeed, make his 12th appearance of the season during Week 13. He's amassed nine-plus targets in two of his past three games.

December 6, 2020 8:38 AM EST

Darnell Mooney: Remains on track for Sunday

Mooney (knee), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday versus the Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old was a late addition to the injury report Friday with the knee issue and didn't practice, but he appears to be progressing well halfway through the weekend. Coach Matt Nagy indicated Mooney's absence from practice was a precaution, so it's not a major surprise he's still expected to suit up Sunday. Fellow wideout Allen Robinson (knee) is also likely to play, so quarterback Mitchell Trubisky should have his full complement of weapons in the passing game for the divisional matchup.

December 5, 2020 9:39 PM EST

Darnell Mooney: Questionable, but should play

Mooney is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions with a knee injury.

Analysis: A late addition to the Bears' injury report, Mooney didn't practice in any capacity Friday, but head coach Matt Nagy said after that the rookie was withheld from the session as a precaution, according to Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site. Nagy said he expects Mooney to play this weekend, but the coach didn't speak about the potential availability of fellow starting wideout Allen Robinson (knee), who is also being listed as questionable after practicing in a limited fashion Friday. After drawing nine targets in the Bears' Week 12 loss to the Bears, Mooney could again be busy against a suspect Detroit secondary Week 13, particularly if Robinson is sidelined or limited during the contest.

December 4, 2020 11:48 AM EST

Darnell Mooney: Nine targets in defeat

Mooney caught three passes for 34 yards in the Bears' 41-25 loss of the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Mooney was second on the team with nine targets, but whenever Mitchell Trubisky tried to connect with him downfield, the duo couldn't seem to get on the same page. On the season, he's posted between 34 and 69 yards in all but three games, and he'll likely continue to be a low-upside fantasy option.

November 29, 2020 8:37 PM EST

Darnell Mooney: Quiet in losing effort

Mooney caught two passes for three yards in the Bears' 19-13 loss to the Vikings on Monday.

Analysis: Whenever the Bears were in obvious-passing situations, which was often, the Vikings blitzed relentlessly, which basically eliminated any potential for a downfield passing attack, and as a result, Mooney was a non-factor while seeing a pair of screen passes. He's now been held to fewer than 36 yards for the third time this season, though his typical target volume makes him a potential flex option in weekly lineups.

November 16, 2020 8:21 PM EST

Darnell Mooney: Leads team in targets

Mooney caught five passes for 43 yards in the Chicago's 24-17 loss to the Titans on Sunday.

Analysis: With Chicago falling behind by double digits in the first half, the team mostly abandoned the run, leading to 11 targets for Mooney, though with the Bears missing multiple starting offensive linemen, Nick Foles had little time to target Mooney deep downfield, keeping the receiver's yardage total in check. He's posted at least 40 yards in three straight games, and he's a player who can be considered as a solid flex option in most fantasy leagues.

November 8, 2020 2:24 PM EST

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