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10 takeaways from Bears' second week of voluntary OTAs

SMG Logo By Alyssa Barbieri of SMG | Slide 2 of 10: The future is bright for second-year wide receiver Darnell Mooney, who had an impressive rookie season with the Bears. And the encouraging thing is that he could've been even better if not for inconsistent quarterback play. Despite a lack of a real offseason program last year during COVID-19, Mooney quickly climbed the ranks when the regular season began, establishing himself as the clear-cut No. 2 receiver behind Allen Robinson. Mooney caught 61 passes for 631 yards and four touchdowns, and he was open deep on several occasions, which unfortunately wound up as wasted opportunities given the inability of Bears quarterbacks to connect on the deep ball. Heading into 2021, it's safe to say that Mooney will become an even bigger part of the offense. “Now it’s our job to make sure that he gets lots of opportunities,” Nagy said. “He’s a threat in this offense and what he’s doing out here in OTAs, he’s gotten even better. He has that inner drive. It’s that DNA thing that not everybody has, but he has it and we’re lucky.” While Mooney had an impressive rookie season, he remains unsatisfied as he wants to accomplish more than he did in 2020. “They told me that I exceeded expectations and that I played very well,” he said. “To me, I didn’t exceed everything I wanted to accomplish. Going into Year 2, I want to be more of a threat to defenders and more of an asset to this team.”

Expect a lot more Darnell Mooney in 2021

The future is bright for second-year wide receiver Darnell Mooney, who had an impressive rookie season with the Bears. And the encouraging thing is that he could've been even better if not for inconsistent quarterback play. Despite a lack of a real offseason program last year during COVID-19, Mooney quickly climbed the ranks when the regular season began, establishing himself as the clear-cut No. 2 receiver behind Allen Robinson. Mooney caught 61 passes for 631 yards and four touchdowns, and he was open deep on several occasions, which unfortunately wound up as wasted opportunities given the inability of Bears quarterbacks to connect on the deep ball. Heading into 2021, it's safe to say that Mooney will become an even bigger part of the offense. “Now it’s our job to make sure that he gets lots of opportunities,” Nagy said. “He’s a threat in this offense and what he’s doing out here in OTAs, he’s gotten even better. He has that inner drive. It’s that DNA thing that not everybody has, but he has it and we’re lucky.” While Mooney had an impressive rookie season, he remains unsatisfied as he wants to accomplish more than he did in 2020. “They told me that I exceeded expectations and that I played very well,” he said. “To me, I didn’t exceed everything I wanted to accomplish. Going into Year 2, I want to be more of a threat to defenders and more of an asset to this team.”
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