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  • Darnell Mooney Still Progressing From Ankle Injury

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    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said that wide receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle) is still "progressing" from his ankle injury and isn't taking part in organized team activities this week. "This is a voluntary time for all the players. Some players have certain things going on," Eberflus said. Mooney suffered a season-ending left ankle injury in Week 12 last year and required surgery. He finished the 2022 campaign with 40 catches on 61 targets for 493 yards and two touchdowns. The 25-year-old should still have a big role in the passing game once he's back to full health, but the addition of DJ Moore and Chase Claypool will make his fantasy ceiling much lower in 2023. Mooney can still be a big-play asset for quarterback Justin Fields, but he won't be as attractive in PPR fantasy leagues.

    May 23 · Source via Chicago Bears Darnell Mooney
  • Darnell Mooney Expects To Be Ready For Week 1

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    Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle) reported he expects to be ready for the start of the 2023 campaign. The 25-year-old had a breakout season in 2021, amassing 81 catches for 1,055 yards and five total touchdowns. However, he took a step backward last season by compiling just 40 receptions for 493 yards and two scores. Even worse, he was limited to only 12 games before fracturing his ankle, which resulted in surgery. Although Chicago added DJ Moore, Mooney may benefit. The wideout could be an even bigger fantasy asset if Justin Fields improves as a passer.

    May 20 · Source via Chicago Bears Darnell Mooney
  • Darnell Wright Signs Rookie Deal, Boosting Justin Fields' Protection

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    The Chicago Bears signed their first-round draft pick offensive tackle Darnell Wright to his rookie deal on Monday. The Tennessee Volunteers product, who is 6'6" and 335 pounds, allowed no sacks and just six hurries while taking 507 pass protection snaps his senior year in Knoxville. The Bears are hoping his prowess will result in better protection for Justin Fields, who was one of the most-sacked quarterbacks in the league. Last season, the Bears allowed 58 sacks, the fourth-most. Chicago did rank No. 16 in pass blocking, according to PFF. Some of the sacks Fields took were the result of him holding onto the ball too long. Still, Wright is an upgrade at right tackle, and he should improve the fantasy outlooks of Chicago's offensive weapons.

    May 16 · Source via NFL Draft Chicago Bears Justin Fields Darnell Wright
  • Tyler Scott Should Be Deep Option For Justin Fields

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    Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Tyler Scott, who was drafted in the fourth round (133rd overall) this year, should primarily be a deep option for quarterback Justin Fields when he plays in 2023. DJ Moore is the team's clear No. 1 receiver, but they also have Chase Claypool, Darnell Mooney, Equanimeous St. Brown and Dante Pettis in the fold at the position. It's the deepest their receiver room has been in years, which means it will be hard for Scott to see valuable playing time in his first NFL season. But the Bears are counting on Scott's speed becoming a part of the offense while also being featured on special teams as a gunner. The 21-year-old's athletic profile increases his long-term ceiling, and Moore is the only wideout on the roster that the team is invested in long term.

    May 9 · Source via NFL Draft Chicago Bears Justin Fields Tyler Scott
  • Bears Don't Want A Bell-Cow Back?

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    The Chicago Bears still like running back Khalil Herbert despite selecting rookie Roschon Johnson in the fourth round of this year's draft. Herbert averaged 5.7 yards per carry last season, which was more than David Montgomery. But their fondness for Herbert didn't prevent them from trying to extend Montgomery or later signing veteran D'Onta Foreman to a one-year deal. Johnson might not be a bell-cow back, but the Bears don't want a bell-cow back for their offense right now. The Athletic's Adam Jahns writes that Chicago wants a wave of backs. The Bears like Johnson's versatility in the backfield, and it certainly sounds like this will be a timeshare backfield between Herbert, Johnson and Foreman in 2023, which is bad news for fantasy managers looking to invest here.

    May 9 · Source via Chicago Bears D'Onta Foreman Khalil Herbert Roschon Johnson
  • Roschon Johnson Could Earn Starting Role Early

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    Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson was selected in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft. His draft capital means he's not guaranteed to have a significant role in his rookie season, but he'll only have former sixth-round pick Khalil Herbert and 27-year-old journeyman running back D'Onta Foreman to compete with. Bears writer for Windy City Gridiron Jacob Infante said "There's a legit chance he takes he takes over the starting RB role in Year 1," but it'll benefit the former Texas Longhorn if he carves out a role on special teams first. Ultimately, Johnson will be an intriguing target in 2023 fantasy drafts in one of the league's most run-heavy attacks, even if he's a committee back. Foreman and Herbert have plenty of injury troubles in their careers.

    May 8 · Source via NFL Draft Chicago Bears Roschon Johnson
  • Stephen Carlson Signs With The Bears

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    According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Bears signed free-agent tight end Stephen Carlson to a one-year deal. The 26-year-old appeared in 25 games during his career, totaling only six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL during training camp in 2021 and hasn't played since. With Cole Kmet and Robert Tonyan on the roster, Carlson isn't expected to do much for fantasy managers this season, assuming he remains on the roster come Week 1.

    May 6 · Source via Chicago Bears Stephen Carlson
  • Justin Fields Making Strides With Footwork

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    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said that quarterback Justin Fields has looked stronger in his rhythm and timing this offseason. "Obviously, the priority is the passing game," Eberflus said Friday. "We ran the ball very well. But we all know that we've got to improve in the passing game. Part of that is the rhythm and timing. That's the footwork with Justin." Eberflus said he's "really optimistic" about the passing game going into the 2023 season, in part because of the additions on offense. The third-year signal-caller ran for 1,143 yards and eight rushing touchdowns, but he completed 60.4% of his passes for 2,242 yards with 17 TDs and 11 interceptions. If Fields can improve his efficiency through the air, he'll no doubt have elite QB1 upside.

    May 5 · Source via Chicago Bears Justin Fields
  • Bears Really Like Roschon Johnson

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    The Chicago Bears really seem to like rookie running back Roschon Johnson, who was the No. 115 overall pick in this year's draft in the fourth round, even though he was the backup to Bijan Robinson at Texas. Everyone at Texas praised Johnson's work ethic and his toughness, and he might already be better than Khalil Herbert, even in pass protection. "(Johnson) increases the competition in the running back room," general manager Ryan Poles said. "But the cool thing about it is if you watch Texas tape, he does a lot." The Bears plan to rotate Herbert, D'Onta Foreman and Johnson in their backfield in 2023, but the 22-year-old rookie might already have the best path to third-down duties, which would make him worth a look in PPR leagues as a late-round draft flier in redraft leagues.

    May 2 · Source via Chicago Bears Roschon Johnson
  • Darnell Wright Expected To Be Day 1 Starter At Right Tackle

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    Chicago Bears offensive tackle Darnell Wright, the 10th overall pick in this year's NFL draft, should be penciled in as the Day 1 starter at right tackle for the team in his rookie year. Braxton Jones, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to build on the success he had as an every-game starter at left tackle as a rookie. Wright has the versatility to play both sides of the O-line, but he became a first-round pick because of what he did on the right side, and the Bears have a hole there that he'll fill nicely. The 21-year-old didn't allow a sack in 2022 and shut down Alabama pass-rusher Will Anderson Jr., who went third overall to the Houston Texans. The addition of Wright is excellent news for the continued development of quarterback Justin Fields.

    May 1 · Source via Chicago Bears Justin Fields Darnell Wright
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