Darnell Mooney

Matt Eberflus confirms Darnell Mooney will be ready for training camp

Darnell Mooney broke his ankle during Week 12 of last season.

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Darnell Mooney has been rehabbing this offseason back from a broken ankle he suffered during Week 12 of last season.

But, according to Matt Ebeflus, Mooney will be ready to go come time for Bears training camp.

"Darnell's working his tail off and he's right on track," Eberflus said. "We anticipate him going as soon as possible. He's gonna have a great summer. Barring any setbacks, he'll be ready."

Eberflus mentioned -- after opening about Mooney -- that the fourth-year wide receiver will be ready for training camp.

Mooney struggled as the No. 1 pass-catching option last season. Amid Allen Robinson's departure to the Los Angeles Rams in free agency, Mooney was looked upon to become Justin Fields' first option in the passing game.

Through 12 games, Mooney recorded 493 yards and two touchdowns; a stark contrast from the 1,055-yard, four-touchdown season he recorded a season prior. He wasn't alone in the decrease in production. Cole Kmet led the team with just over 500 yards receiving. The Bears, as a team, churned the lowest passing production in the NFL last season.

This season will be different for Mooney and the pass-catching group. In March, the Bears traded the No. 1 pick to the Carolina Panthers for a haul, including wide receiver DJ Moore. Moore will inevitably become the team's top pass-catching option, relegating Mooney and Chase Claypool to lesser, yet more sustainable roles.

Mooney's best work has come as a secondary receiver in the Bears' offense. But this season he's focused on winning and "disrespecting" anyone in his path.

"Do whatever I can do for my team, or whatever," Mooney told the St. Brown brothers on The 33rd Team when asked about his goals for the season. "I mean ball out, of course. Dominate.

"Not really on the 'respect my name' anymore. I'm just disrespecting everybody now. I don't really care about respect no more. Other than that, I just want to win. I don't really care about anything else, for real."

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