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Darnell Mooney

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#11

Experience: 4 years

Height: 5-11

Age: 25

Weight: 173 lbs

College: Tulane

2022 SEASON

  • REC
    40
  • YDS
    493
  • AVG
    12.33
  • TDS
    2
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Career Stats

WRTE Career

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2020Chicago Bears1696163110.3534420516010
2021Chicago Bears1714811055136446325.3151
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Biography

PRO CAREER:

  • Entered his third season with the Bears in 2022
  • Played in 45 career games with 35 starts over his first three seasons, totaling 182 catches for 2,179 yards with nine touchdowns to go along with 11 rushes for 54 yards and a score
  • Holds the Bears record for most receptions by a wide receiver in their first two seasons (142)
  • In 2021 he recorded a team-high 1,055 receiving yards (13.0 avg.) and four receiving touchdowns
  • Started in nine of 16 games as a rookie in 2020, finishing as Chicago's second-leading receiver with 61 catches, 631 yards and four TDs
  • His 61 receptions as a rookie were second most all-time by a Bears rookie, only behind Matt Forte (63, 2008), and the most ever by a Bears rookie wide receiver
  • His 61 receptions are tied for fourth most ever by an NFL rookie drafted in the fifth round or later, and the most since Tyreek Hill also had 61 in 2016
  • Selected in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft (173rd overall) by the Bears

HONORS:

  • 2020: Brian Piccolo rookie award winner

2022 SEASON (Bears):

  • In Week 1 vs. San Francisco, hauled in one catch for eight yards
  • Had two receptions for 23 yards against Houston in Week 3
  • Finished Week 4 at New York with four receptions for 94 yardsThat yardage total was a season-best and the fifth highest of his career
  • Caught a 56-yard pass from quarterback Justin Fields with 5:00 in the first quarter, which is his sixth reception of 50+ yards in his career and his first on the season
  • Had two receptions for 52 yards against Minnesota in Week 5, including a 39-yard pass from Justin Fields with 1:54 in the second quarter that eventually set up the Bears' first touchdown of the day
  • Led the team in receptions with seven totaling 68 yards against Washington in Week 6
  • Caught three passes for 53 yards in the Week 7 win against the Patriots
  • Finished Week 8 at Dallas with five catches for 70 yards
  • Caught a 36-yard pass from Fields with 11:50 left in the third quarter, which puts him over the 2,000 receiving yard mark, now at 2,050 yards for his career
  • s the seventh receiver drafted by the Bears to eclipse the 2,000-yard milestone since the start of the 2000 season
  • The 36-yard catch also marks the fifth straight game he's caught a pass of 20 yards or more
  • In Week 9 vs. Miami, led the team with seven receptions for 43 yards and also caught his first touchdown of the season after a 12-play, 75-yard drive which was capped off by a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Fields
  • Also rushed once for two yards in this game
  • Caught four passes totaling 57 yards vs. Detroit in Week 10
  • Caught a 22-yard pass in this game, which gives him six games in his last seven with a reception of 20 or more yards
  • Led the team in catches in Week 11 vs. Atlanta, hauling in four receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown
  • It was his second touchdown reception of the season and the 10th of his career
  • Made the start at wide receiver vs. the Jets in Week 12, but exited the game due to injury

2021 SEASON (Bears):

  • Played in all 17 games with 14 starts
  • Finished the season with a team-high 1,055 receiving yards (13.0 avg.) and four receiving touchdowns
  • With seven receptions in the Week 17 game vs. the Giants, Mooney broke the Bears record of the most catches by a receiver in their first two seasons
  • Led the team in receptions and in receiving yards (66 yards) in the Week 2 win over the Bengals
  • Led the team in receiving yards with 125 yards and hauled in a career-long 64-yard reception to open Chicago's second drive in the Bears Week 4 win over the Lions
  • He also recorded his first career game with 100+ receiving yards during this matchup
  • Led the team in receiving yards with 45 yards and recorded his first touchdown of the season, a five-yard reception from Fields with 8:44 to go in the fourth quarter vs. the Packers in Week 6
  • Recorded a team-high 64 receiving yards vs. the 49ers in Week 8
  • Recorded his first career rushing touchdown on a 15-yard run with 14:17 to go in the fourth quarter Week 9 at the Steelers. He also recorded his sixth career receiving touchdown, hauling in a 16-yard pass from QB Justin Fields to put the Bears ahead 27-26 with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter
  • Dating back to 1970, Mooney became Chicago's second wide receiver to log a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in the same regular-season game, joining Michael Timpson's Nov. 26, 1995 performance vs. the New York Giants in a 27-24 victory
  • Caught a 60-yard TD pass from QB Andy Dalton with 8:02 to go in the third quarter vs. the Ravens. His 60-yard reception is the second-longest of his career (64, vs. DET, 10/3/21); Mooney finished the Week 11 contest with 121 receiving yards, his second career 100-yard outing
  • Surpassed the century mark in receiving yards for the third time this season in Week 12, hauling in five catches for 123 yards; his 52-yard reception from Dalton late in the second quarter (5:21), marked his fifth straight game with a reception of 20+ yards
  • Started and caught five passes for 63 yards (12.6 avg.) Week 15 vs. the Vikings
  • Hauled in five passes for 57 yards in the Week 16 win at Seattle
  • Hauled in a season-high seven receptions, including a four yard touchdown pass from QB Andy Dalton to put Chicago ahead 14-0 in the first quarter vs. the Giants
  • Surpassed 1,000 receiving yards on the season and recorded a team-high 126 receiving yards in Week 18 at Minnesota, marking his fourth 100+ yard game of the season

2020 SEASON (Bears)

  • Had multiple catches in every game this season; had 61 total catches on the season, which finished fifth among NFL rookie WR leaders
  • With his four receptions in Week 15, he broke the record for most receptions by a Bears rookie wide receiver (Harlon Hill, 45 receptions, 1954)
  • His 631 receiving yards were most in a season by a Bears rookie since Willie Gault had 836 in 1983
  • Had a team season-high 11 receptions in Week 17. 11 receptions are the most by a Bears rookie ever in a game, breaking the previous mark of Ken Margerum (10, 1981).
  • Caught TDs in consecutive Weeks (14-15); a 12-yard TD in Week 14 and a 8-yard TD in Week 15
  • Hauled in a 12-yard touchdown in Week 14 vs. Houston
  • Averaged 13.3 yards per catch with 40 yards on three receptions in Week 7 at the Rams
  • Posted a 50-yard reception vs. the Saints in Week 8; with 5 catches for 69 yards and a touchdown
  • Posted five catches for 52 yards (10.4 avg) in Week 4 vs. the Colts
  • Caught three passes for 38 yards (12.7 avg) in his rookie debut in Week 1 at the Lions
  • Caught another three passes for 36 yards in the Week 2 win over the Giants, including a 15-yard touchdown from Mitchell Trubisky in the second quarter

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