Sport Bears' Darnell Mooney says Justin Fields' deep ball caused him to smile mid-route: 'It's a beautiful ball'
Darnell Mooney: I was smiling mid-route from Justin Fields’ deep ball
Bears head coach Matt Nagy wasn’t the only one excited about Justin Fields‘ performance in OTAs on Wednesday. Second-year receiver Darnell Mooney has been impressed with how the rookie quarterback lets it rip, complimenting his deep-ball ability. “I’ve caught one or two deep balls from him,” Mooney said, via Stephanie Stremplewski of NBCSportsChicago.com. “The very [more]Second-year receiver Darnell Mooney has been impressed with how the rookie quarterback lets it rip, complimenting his deep-ball ability.
Theare expected to begin the 2021 season with under center, but many wonder if he will finish the season as the starter. The Bears traded up to the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to select former Ohio State quarterback , and it's worth pondering how quickly Matt Nagy and Co. could be on the trigger if Dalton struggles early on.
Fields' new teammates are getting their first look at the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in OTAs, and his deep ball has impressed the wide receivers early on.
"It's a beautiful ball, man,"said, . "He knows where he wants to put it and it's very accurate. Sometimes it can get there at the right ball, but he wants it out in front of you and he'll get frustrated with his self if it's not there. He's very tough on his self. He's a great player, great person as well, and he's gonna have a good career."
Bears Wide Receiver Sums Up Justin Fields’ Deep Ball
The Chicago Bears’ organization is buzzing with excitement after the drafting of first-round quarterback Justin Fields. Trading up from No. 20 to No. 11, the franchise clearly had a significant level of confidence in the young QB when they made their call on draft night. And from the looks of things this offseason, the Bears […] The post Bears Wide Receiver Sums Up Justin Fields’ Deep Ball appeared first on The Spun.
In fact, Mooney couldn't help but smile when Fields threw that first bomb to him.
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"I've caught one or two deep balls from him," Mooney said. "The very first one that he threw up to me I was smiling mid-route of just seeing the ball in the air and just where it was placed. He's very accurate with his ball and he understands exactly where he wants the ball."
High winds, tornadoes and drenching rain reported as Tropical Depression Claudette batters parts of Gulf Coast
Claudette made landfall in southeast Louisiana just before 7 a.m. CT Saturday and is drenching coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. 2/9 SLIDES © Margaret Baker, AP A worker moves water tricycles off the beach in Biloxi, Miss., as a tropical system approaches on Friday, June 18, 2021. 3/9 SLIDES © Justin Mitchell, AP A man takes a photo of waves crashing into what once was a dock for a ferry that transported people from Bay St. Louis to Pass Christian, Miss., as a tropical system moves toward the Mississippi Coast on Friday, June 18, 2021.
It's easy to make too much of things said by players in June, but Mooney's quote about smiling mid-route after seeing a perfectly placed pass speaks volumes. That sounds like a wide receiver who has not seen an accurate deep ball thrown to him in quite some time.
Fields completed 70.2% of his passes for 2,100 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions in last year's COVID-shortened season. In 2019, he passed for 3,273 yards, 41 touchdowns and just three interceptions in his first season at Ohio State. Fields was a Heisman finalist in 2019, and then led Ohio State to the national championship this past season, where the Buckeyes fell to Alabama. He has the potential to be a franchise quarterback, and apparently already has the wide receivers smiling.
Pilgrims return to Spain’s 'El Camino' paths after pandemic .
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) — Committing to the pilgrim’s path has for centuries been a source of renewal for those willing to put their lives on hold and spend days, weeks or even months crossing Spain along the Camino de Santiago, a journey that takes hikers to the reported burial place of the apostle St. James. But after a year of being kept off the Way of St. James due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, soul-searchers hoping to heal wounds left by the coronavirus are once again strapping on backpacks and following trails marked with a seashell emblem to the shrine in the city of Santiago de Compostela.