Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky raved about rookie wide receiver Darnell Mooney following a Week 2 win over the New York Giants. Mooney, who entered the league without big expectations, was selected in the fifth round of this past NFL but he is quickly gaining the trust of Trubisky and the entire Bears organization.
With 14 seconds left in the second quarter against the Giants, Trubisky threw back to the left corner of the end zone to Mooney -- who was covered by experienced NFL veteran Corey Ballentine. Trubisky showed confidence in Mooney, who ended up hauling a pass for a 15-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 17-0 halftime lead.
"When you have a young guy with that type of hunger, as a quarterback, you trust him," Trubisky said, per the team's website. "The O-line did a great job giving me time, and I was just extending the play and I saw the DB had his back turned.
He had no eyes on the football, so I was kind of waving to Mooney to go out to the left and I put it in a spot, and he did a great job attacking the football and coming back towards it and made an amazing catch."
Trubisky impressed by Mooney
When a player gets selected in the fifth round, he enters the NFL without big expectations.
But Mooney spent the entire offseason tirelessly working with Trubisky to get on the same page and show this season that he belongs to be in the league. "His approach as a rookie is impressive," Trubisky said. "It's good to see just how he's seeing the game, how he's doing his job, how he approaches practice, how he's working hard, how he's asking questions, how he's trying to be on the same page with me, how he's detailed in his routes.
"You can tell he's making an effort to be on the same page, getting in his depth, being in the right place at the right time. And as a quarterback, you just trust that. It's really cool to see in a young guy that's getting it right away, and that he wants to learn because he wants to catch the football and he wants to make plays for this offense.
I think that's huge. The more reps I get with him, the more trust I'll get. "When I saw the DB's back was turned, I had a lot of faith that he was going to come down with that football, so I just put it up in his area, and he attacked it and made a huge play."