Is Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney about to turn into the NFL’s next superstar?
It certainly appears that way after his breakout sophomore season in 2021.
Mooney caught 81 passes for 1,055 yards and four touchdowns last season while playing with a rookie quarterback in an offense that left a lot to be desired (no one in Chicago misses Matt Nagy).
If Mooney continues to progress, he’s primed to become the next star wide receiver in the NFL.
And it’s not just me saying that. Comments from recently retired NFL cornerback Jason McCourty suggest that Mooney is on the fast track to stardom.
McCourty, who won Super Bowl LIII with the New England Patriots, is one of the new panelists on NFL Network’s popular “Good Morning Football” that airs weekday mornings.
On Thursday morning, McCourty had plenty of great things to say about Mooney.
McCourty, who played for the Miami Dolphins last season, practiced against Mooney last year (Miami and Chicago held joint practices at Halas Hall before the first preseason game last August). And he walked away impressed.
“I was super impressed (by Mooney),” said McCourty. “I admit I didn’t know who he was. But he’s crazy quick out of breaks.”
13-year veteran Jason McCourty just said on @gmfb that he practiced against Bears WR Darnell Mooney last year:— Kyle Brandt (@KyleBrandt) July 28, 2022
“I was super impressed. I admit I didn’t know who he was. But he’s crazy quick out of breaks.” @ChicagoBears pic.twitter.com/nMyXaLWqaZ
McCourty isn’t alone in not knowing about Mooney. The young Bears wide receiver is the best-kept secret in the NFL.
But that probably won’t be the case for long. Mooney is the real deal. And he has the potential to develop a special connection with Fields.
Chicago probably isn’t going to compete for the NFC North division title in 2022 as they go through a massive rebuild under new general manager Ryan Poles. The future, however, is bright thanks to the presence of Mooney and Fields. Those are the two players that Poles needs to build this franchise around.
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