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Mooney on chemistry with Fields: We were ‘drafted here for a reason’

Wide receiver Darnell Mooney joined the Chicago Bears when they selected him in the fifth round of the 2020 draft, then had a breakout 2021 season, much of which he spent catching passes thrown by the rookie quarterback Justin Fields. By ESPN stats, Mooney had team highs of 81 catches, 140 targets, 1,055 receiving yards and four touchdowns last season.

The Bears now have a new head coach in Matt Eberflus, and Eberflus has finally named former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy as its offensive coordinator. As Michael David Smith noted for Pro Football Talk, Mooney recently said Athletic’s Dan Pompei how he “never worked with a quarterback as much as he did with Fields” this offseason.

“We’re just similar guys,” Mooney said of his QB1. “We’re not forcing anything. It’s just natural. He was drafted here for a reason. I was drafted here for a reason.”

Mooney added that the new offense “makes sense” ahead of training camp.

“A lot of things have slowed down,” the 24-year-old continued during his comments. “I learned that in the OTAs, from going out to catching the ball to seeing it. The ball comes to me very slowly. I don’t know man. I think this year will be a crazy year for sure .”

Mooney and Fields have a new teammate in wide receiver N’Keal Harry after the former first-round pick was traded from the New England Patriots to the Bears for a 2024 seventh-round pick earlier this week.


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