Darnell Mooney

Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #11
Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #11
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Darnell Mooney News

Comes up big in season finale

Mooney caught 12 passes for 126 yards in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 81 receptions 1,054 yards and four touchdowns.

Analysis: Despite the Bears having a mostly anemic passing attack throughout the season, Mooney showed that is on his way to becoming a star player. On four occasions, he recorded more than 120 yards and although he had just four receiving scores, the lack of touchdowns had more to do with the lack of quality at quarterback than his talent. He'll enter the third year of his four-year rookie deal in 2022, and he could be in line for a breakout season who'll likely be drafted as a top-30 wide receiver.

Jan 9, 2022 1:11 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Mooney caught seven passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 29-3 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Mooney scored his touchdown in the first quarter, but even with the Bears winning in a blowout before halftime, he continued seeing passes from Andy Dalton after the intermission. As the clear lead receiver, Mooney's 13 targets were more than double the amount of any of his teammates. With at least 57 yards in each of his last three games, he'll remain an excellent floor play in Week 18 against the Vikings.

Jan 2, 2022 1:23 PM EST

Leads team with nine targets

Mooney caught five passes for 57 yards while adding a two-yard rush in the Bears' 25-24 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.

Analysis: Mooney had fewer than 10 yards with a couple minutes left in the third quarter, but with the team mounting a late comeback, Mooney had a productive finish to the game. Earlier in the contest, Nick Foles struggled to get the ball to his top receiver, underthrowing him on a couple occasions and simply not seeing him on other plays. With a fair chance of the Bears getting back Justin Fields or Andy Dalton in Week 17, Mooney will be in position to take advantage of a middling matchup against the Giants.

Dec 26, 2021 4:14 PM EST

Efficient performance in defeat

Mooney caught five passes for 63 yards in the Bears' 17-9 loss to the Vikings on Monday.

Analysis: Mooney caught three of his passes on third downs in the first half, which helped the Bears extend drives, but otherwise, the team went with a run-heavy approach, and Mooney disappeared for most of the second and third quarters. Even on the first fourth-quarter drive in which the Bears drove down the field through the air, the only target Mooney saw was an overthrown ball in the end zone that he was unable to stay in bounds on. On the next drive, he had another chance for a score, but again, the pass was overthrown. Although his usage hasn't been consistent, he could easily have a strong finish to the fantasy season with games against the Seahawks and Giants, especially if he can return to the target share he saw between Week 8 and Week 12.

Dec 20, 2021 8:28 PM EST

Disappointing performance

Mooney caught pass for 19 yards in the Bears' 45-30 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Aside from a pair of improbable big receptions by Damiere Byrd and Jakeem Grant, the Bears' passing attack struggled to have consistent success, and Mooney was unable to find much space against a Green Bay secondary that rarely gave him room to operate. Although he was targeted five times, his target total fell behind David Montgomery and Allen Robinson. Over the last two games, Mooney's posted his worst performances since Week 3, but his talent and role in the offense should lead to a rebound in the fantasy playoffs.

Dec 13, 2021 3:32 AM EST

Struggles in loss

Mooney caught five passes for 27 yards in the Bears' 33-22 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Analysis: Between the Cardinals rolling coverage toward Chicago's top receiver along with Andy Dalton having very little time to throw, Mooney was unable to get anything going downfield. With the Bears playing from behind in the fourth quarter, Mooney was able to catch four of his five passes on the day to provide his fantasy managers with a decent floor performance. Going forward, Mooney could easily perform as a top-30 wide receiver as the lead receiver for the Bears, and he could see extra space to operate if Allen Robinson (hamstring) can return to action soon.

Dec 5, 2021 1:25 PM EST

Huge effort in Thanksgiving win

Mooney caught five of eight targets for 123 yards in a 16-14 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving.

Analysis: With Allen Robinson (hamstring) out for a second straight game and Marquise Goodwin (foot) exiting early Thursday, Mooney was left as Andy Dalton's only reliable option at wideout, and the second-year speedster took full advantage by topping 120 yards for the second straight game and the third time this season. He could have trouble keeping that streak going in Week 13, however. In addition to a tough matchup against the Cardinals and the potential return of Robinson cutting into his opportunities, rookie Justin Fields (ribs) could be back under center in place of Andy Dalton, increasing the volatility of the entire Chicago passing game.

Nov 25, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Clear for Thursday

Mooney (foot), who was listed at limited on all three of the Bears' Week 12 practice reports, doesn't have a designation for Thursday's contest at Detroit.

Analysis: Meanwhile, No. 1 wide receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) didn't practice and was listed as doubtful for a second week in a row, which resulted in a DNP this past Sunday against the Ravens. During that contest, Mooney notched a career-high 16 targets and turned them into five catches for 121 yards and one touchdowns. Justin Fields left in the second half of Sunday's game due to bruised ribs and won't play Thursday, meaning Mooney will be on the receiving end of passes from Andy Dalton, with whom he connected on a 60-yard score Week 11.

Nov 24, 2021 11:13 AM EST

Remains limited at practice

Mooney (foot) was estimated as a limited participant Tuesday for the Bears' walk-through practice.

Analysis: Chicago has now listed Mooney as a limited participant on both of its first two Week 12 reports, but head coach Matt Nagy hasn't expressed any outward concern about the wideout's availability for a Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit. At the very least, Mooney's health appears to be in a better spot than fellow starting wideout Allen Robinson (hamstring), who went down as a non-participant for the second straight day coming off an absence in the Bears' Week 11 loss to the Ravens. Assuming Robinson is unable to return to action on a short week, Mooney could be in store for another huge target share Thursday. Mooney drew a season-high 16 looks in the loss to Baltimore, catching five of them for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Nov 23, 2021 3:03 PM EST

'Limited' on first Week 12 report

The Bears listed Mooney (foot) as a limited participant on Monday's estimated practice report.

Analysis: The same foot injury rendered Mooney a limited participant in two of the Bears' practices last week, but it didn't stop the second-year wideout from turning in a season-best 5-121-1 receiving line on a career-high 16 targets in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Ravens. The absence of Allen Robinson (hamstring) likely was a significant factor in Mooney earning extra looks, but the latter could be headed for another busy game Thanksgiving Day against the Lions. Robinson was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice report and may have a tough time gaining clearance to play on a short week.

Nov 22, 2021 1:51 PM EST

Huge performance in defeat

Mooney caught five passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 16-13 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: Mooney caught a screen pass from Andy Dalton and raced past the defense for a 60-yard score on his biggest play of the day. He also led the team with 15 targets, and he had a number of near misses on a number of downfield plays that kept him from having an even bigger day. He's averaged 10 targets and 75 yards with two touchdowns over his last three games, and his recent performances have begun to establish him as a solid weekly fantasy starter.

Nov 21, 2021 1:15 PM EST

Cleared to play, Robinson doubtful

Mooney (foot) has no injury designation for Sunday's game against Baltimore, while fellow Bears wideout Allen Robinson (hamstring) is listed as doubtful, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Mooney has already been more productive than his talented, veteran teammate this season, and the second-year pro now has a nice opportunity for dominant target share. The downside is the possibility of increased attention from the Baltimore secondary, which hasn't played up to its usual standard in 2021 while struggling with injuries and coverage miscommunications. Mooney has seen no fewer than four targets and no more than nine in any game this year, with his best fantasy performance coming in Chicago's most recent game (Week 9 at Pittsburgh) when he had just three catches for 41 yards on six targets but scored one TD through the air and another on the ground.

Nov 19, 2021 12:26 PM EST

Remains limited Thursday

Mooney (foot) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: Prior to preparation for Week 11, Mooney dealt with back and groin injuries. Now, a new health concern is impacting his practice reps, but it should be noted he's been able to play in each of the Bears' nine games this season, logging at least 70 percent of the offensive snaps on each occasion. Friday's injury report will reveal whether he enters the weekend with a designation, but when it comes to his value Mooney could be in line to serve as Justin Field's No. 1 wide receiver with Allen Robinson (hamstring) so far unable to practice this week.

Nov 18, 2021 2:09 PM EST

Limited by foot issue

Mooney (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Mooney has been plagued by injuries this season, with back and groin issues impacting his practice reps. After the Bears' Week 10 bye, he now is tending to a foot concern. On a positive note, Mooney was able to fit in some activity Wednesday, which cannot be said for Allen Robinson (hamstring). In any case, the status of Chicago's top two wide receivers is cloudy in advance of Sunday's contest against the Ravens.

Nov 17, 2021 1:59 PM EST

Scores twice in defeat

Mooney caught three of six targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 29-27 loss to the Steelers. He also rushed once for a 15-yard score.

Analysis: Mooney helped fuel Chicago's comeback effort, taking a wildcat handoff into the end zone to begin the fourth quarter before skillfully securing a 16-yard touchdown catch along the sideline to put the Bears ahead with under two minutes remaining. Although his pair of late scores still didn't result in a victory, Mooney at least enjoyed one of his best performances of the campaign, sending him into the bye week with the only multi-touchdown outing of his early career.

Nov 8, 2021 9:39 PM EST

Playing in Week 9

Mooney (groin) is listed as active Monday at Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Mooney capped Week 9 prep with back-to-back limited practices due to a groin injury, but it won't stop him from missing the first regular-season game of his one-and-half seasons in the NFL. He's mostly had muted performances this season, with just one outing of more than 100 yards and just one touchdown across eight games. Mooney will aim to up his performance against the Steelers' 14th-ranked pass defense (239.7 yards per game).

Nov 8, 2021 3:53 PM EST

Listed as questionable

Mooney (groin) is listed as questionable for Monday's matchup against the Steelers.

Analysis: Mooney popped up on the injury report Thursday and was a limited participant in practice the following two days. The lack of conversation regarding Mooney's injury would seemingly indicate he'll be available for Monday's contest, but more information regarding his status should be available ahead of Monday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.

Nov 6, 2021 11:58 AM EST

Pops up on injury report

Mooney was listed as a limited participant at Thursday's practice due to a groin injury.

Analysis: Mooney had frequently been included on Chicago's injury reports through the first eight weeks of the season due to the groin issue, but he avoided the initial Week 9 report released Thursday before being added a day later. The Bears haven't provided an explanation behind Mooney's addition, but it could be indicative of a setback suffered during Friday's practice. Regardless, Chicago will see what the second-year wideout is able to do Saturday before deciding whether he'll carry a designation into Monday's game in Pittsburgh.

Nov 5, 2021 3:48 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Mooney caught six passes for 64 yards in the Bears' 33-22 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: Mooney was targeted nine times, which was six more than any wide receiver on the team, but as usual, with Justin Fields for throwing for less than 200 yards, there was only so much production to go around. Overall, Mooney has three games with at least 66 yards over his last seven contests, and he's the only Chicago wide receiver who has been a viable fantasy option this season.

Oct 31, 2021 1:44 PM EST

Targeted five times in defeat

Mooney caught two passes for 39 yards in the Bears' 38-3 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: The Buccaneers pressured Justin Fields throughout the afternoon, giving Mooney little chance to operate in his preferred downfield capacity, though he did have receptions of 17 and 22 yards, giving him a passable fantasy performance in a game the Bears failed to find the end zone. He's posted between 35 and 45 yards in each of his last three games, and until the offense shows improvement, he'll likely remain a top-40 fantasy option at WR, though his big-play ability gives him some weekly upside.

Oct 24, 2021 4:44 PM EST

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