Chicago Bears: 4 players who could lose their starting jobs

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All eyes are on Darnell Mooney in the Chicago Bears offense

From game one, it was clear that the potential in Darnell Mooney was there. A 2020 fifth-round pick from Tulane, Mooney made the most out of a poor Bears’ offense and inconsistent quarterback play. He ended the year with 61 receptions for 631 yards and four touchdowns, per Pro Football Reference.

The confidence in Mooney is there, as he’s set to be lined up opposite of Allen Robinson. This is a big year for Mooney, as many are hopeful he can take another step forward as a long-term piece in the Bears offense.

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Similar to Kmet, that’s a lot of pressure for the second-year wide receiver. With hopes that the Bears will have consistent quarterback play, it will be up to Mooney’s explosiveness and crisp route running to emerge as a real weapon for the Bears. A sophomore slump could spell disaster, as Mooney is currently the only wide receiver on contract for the Bears in 2022.