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Bears’ Justin Fields won’t force connection with Darnell Mooney

Despite a revamped roster with no big names at wide receiver or along the offensive line, there was optimism about Bears quarterback Justin Fields heading into second year.

A big reason for that was his blossoming connection with receiver Darnell Mooney. The two were virtually inseparable this offseason, whether on the field or in the classroom. Their connection was evident in training camp, and it was something Bears fans looked forward to seeing unfold.

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But through three games, this connection has not been displayed. In fact, it’s easy to forget it ever existed. Mooney has just four catches for 27 yards this season, and the two haven’t been able to connect on the field like they’ve shown they can.

Fields insists the connection is still there, but they’re going to let it happen organically.

“We still have the connection,” Fields said, via NBC Sports Chicago. “We are not going to force him. I feel like you all talk about it… You know, I stared at him way too many times in the game. He probably said that to me too: ‘Bro, don’t try to force anything ; let it all come. That’s what we’re going to do. When the time comes, that time will come.

Fields and Mooney were quick to criticize their performances. Fields said he played like “trash” last week while Mooney was frustrated with his inability to serve as a playmaker for that offense.

The Bears’ passing offense was, by far, the worst in the NFL. They’re only averaging 78.3 passing yards per game, which isn’t just bad, it’s downright abysmal.

If Chicago hopes to get its passing game back on track, the Fields-Mooney connection would be a great way to get there.

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