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Darnell Mooney

#2 WR,

Falcons

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ACTUAL 2022

102 FPTS

RANK: 71

2023 SEASON

157 FPTS

RANK: 55

AGE

25 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

5'11'' / 173 lbs

COLLEGE

Tulane

SEASONGPFPTSRANKTARGETRECPTREYDRETDREAVE
20231515755th9254774414.3
20221210271st6140493212.3
3yr Ave1718236th11971843411.87

Locked in for key role

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-05-02

The Falcons figure to be heavily reliant on Mooney and Drake London at wide receiver, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports.

The Falcons have sent multiple signals that they expect Mooney to bounce back from a quiet 2023 in Chicago, first giving him $26 million guaranteed on a three-year, $39 million contract and now waiting until the sixth round of the 2024 NFL Draft before taking a wide receiver (Casey Washington). There's no serious competition for the No. 2 WR job, though it is possible Mooney ends up a distant fourth behind London, RB Bijan Robinson and TE Kyle Pitts in terms of prioritization in Atlanta' offense. Still, it's not a bad spot to be in, especially for a thin, fast receiver who projects better as a deep threat than as a high-volume guy.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

1.8
0.6
4.3
13.4
7.2
13.8
8.3
12
17.5
9.7
12.9
0

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingReceiving StatsRoutes Run
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKTARGETSPREADO/UTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
1 SF Outdoor 67° 1.8 111th 1.806.038.531808.0080%00018%42%0%58%
2 @GB Outdoor 73° 0.6 112th 0.6010.042.521-40-4.0-400%00018%43%0%57%
3 HOU Outdoor 65° 4.3 77th 2.15-3.040.56223011.511133%10038%51%0%46%
4 @NYG Outdoor 59° 13.4 24th 3.353.039.55494023.522220%31125%51%0%49%
5 @MIN Dome 57° 7.2 58th 3.608.543.55252026.02060%21024%65%2%33%
6 WAS Outdoor 48° 13.8 26th 1.972.038.51276809.7730%22046%50%0%49%
7 @NE Outdoor 56° 8.3 50th 2.778.539.56353017.71350%31029%42%0%58%
8 @DAL Dome 64° 12.0 35th 2.4010.042.55570014.0680%21022%44%0%56%
9 MIA Outdoor 58° 17.5 11th 2.194.044.5874316.1330%20030%59%0%41%
10 DET Outdoor 34° 9.7 45th 2.42-3.048.54457014.31050%31022%53%0%47%
11 @ATL Dome 41° 12.9 27th 3.232.549.5542917.3250%10026%59%0%38%
12 @NYJ Outdoor 50° 0.0 124th 0.007.539.500000.0000%0000%44%0%50%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMTOUCHRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVEAIRYACDROP10+20+50+
Home Outdoor 21 170.61.6487th7.34.7530.311.27.44.05%1.90.80.2
Away Outdoor 15 110.51.15144th5.92.9350.112.29.03.412%1.50.40.1
Away Dome 6 52.21.84124th7.04.8710.214.68.06.63%3.20.70.2
Away Retractable Dome 3 23.21.9276th5.03.7390.310.74.56.20%1.30.30.0

Career Stats by Season: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
2020 23 CHI 16 9 152 99th9861631410.3742%246216%23%0%76%
2021 24 CHI 17 14 220 23rd140811,055413.08510%4214327%42%0%56%
2022 25 CHI 12 12 102 71st6140493212.3845%197117%51%0%48%
Yards ball travels in the "Air" per completion. "YAC" is average yards gained after catch. "Drop"ped pass rate. "Share" of team passing targets.

Joining Kirk Cousins in Atlanta

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-12

Mooney and the Falcons have reached agreement on a three-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The deal reportedly is for $39 million, including $26 million in guarantees. It's a good landing spot for Mooney's fantasy value, with the Falcons also set to sign QB Kirk Cousins and lacking depth at WR behind No. 1 Drake London. The former Bear came into the NFL as a fifth-round pick and had 1,686 receiving yards over his first two seasons, but a severe ankle injury cut his third year short and he then dropped off to only 414 yards in 15 games in 2023. If nothing else, Mooney's 4.38 speed should help keep defensive backs honest and leave more space underneath for London, TE Kyle Pitts and RB Bijan Robinson.

Not playing in finale

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-05

Mooney (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Mooney will sit out the season finale after he has been unable to resume practicing in any capacity since experiencing concussion symptoms following the Bears' Week 16 win over the Cardinals. Before missing the Bears' final two games of the 2023 campaign, Mooney was active for each of the first 15 contests and recorded a 31-414-1 receiving line on 61 targets. The 26-year-old is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason, and while the Bears could look to retain him, Mooney could be pushed down a spot or two on the depth chart after he was one of the NFL's least-productive No. 2 receivers when healthy in 2023.

Still not practicing

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-04

Mooney (concussion) didn't practice Thursday.

Mooney emerged from a Week 16 win against the Cardinals with a concussion, which hasn't allowed him to practice in the meantime. He's already missed one game as a result of the injury, and coach Matt Eberflus confirmed Wednesday that Mooney still was in the protocol, per Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. With only one more chance to mix into drills this week, Mooney may be in danger of sitting out Sunday at Green Bay.

Remains in concussion protocol

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-03

Cpach Matt Eberflus said Wednesday that Mooney remains in the NFL's five-step concussion protocol, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Mooney sat out Chicago's Week 17 win over the Falcons due to a concussion, and he remains in concussion protocol as the Bears prepare to face the Packers in their season finale. With Chicago eliminated from playoff contention and Mooney set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, the team has little incentive to rush the wide receiver's return.

Won't play Week 17

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-29

Mooney (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Mooney entered concussion protocol earlier in the week and failed to gain clearance before Sunday's game. If he clears concussion protocol next week, Mooney could be available for Chicago's season finale against the Packers. Otherwise, he'll finish his fourth NFL season with 31 catches for 414 yards and one touchdown on 61 targets.

Sits out another practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-28

Mooney (concussion) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

In the wake of Mooney self-reporting concussion symptoms Monday, he has yet to mix into any drills during Week 17 prep. He has Friday's practice available to him to show any sign of progress through the protocol for head injuries, but another absence likely would imply upcoming inactive status Sunday against the Falcons. If Mooney is out this weekend, Tyler Scott, Equanimeous St. Brown (pectoral), Velus Jones and Trent Taylor would be the candidates for WR reps alongside the Bears' top option DJ Moore.

No practice reps Wednesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-27

Mooney (concussion) officially didn't practice Wednesday.

Earlier Wednesday, coach Matt Eberflus revealed that Mooney self-reported concussion symptoms Monday, which has forced the wide receiver into the protocol for head injuries, per Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic. If Mooney doesn't log at least a limited session by Friday, he'd likely be in danger of missing his first game of the season, a scenario that could give Equanimeous St. Brown (pectoral), Tyler Scott and Velus Jones more run behind the Bears' top wide receiver DJ Moore.

In concussion protocol

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-27

Coach Matt Eberflus said Wednesday that Mooney is in the concussion protocol, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Mooney self-reported concussion symptoms Monday, and has been in the NFL's protocol since. It sounds like Mooney won't practice Wednesday as a result, and he could potentially be in danger of missing Sunday's matchup against the Falcons. With Cole Kmet (knee) also not practicing Wednesday, Chicago's receiving corps is suddenly looking dangerously thin behind DJ Moore.

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