Chicago Bears: Early, bold predictions for 2021 offensive leaders

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2021 offensive predictions for wide receivers Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney

Allen Robinson

99 receptions

1,301 yards

7 touchdowns

I think the biggest issue when it comes to projecting Robinson is the fact that Mooney could be so much better this season. Also, it was apparent that the Bears quarterbacks only looked for Robinson last year. He was the security blanket — and he could be again this year. But, it’s difficult to project Robinson for a better season than he had a year ago, all things considered.

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If we took last year’s average of about six receptions per game and stretched it over 17 games, we’d be sitting right around 102 receptions once again. That’s why it’s difficult to put him over the century mark for 2021. I do think he gets a slight bump in yards per reception, which is why the yardage is a bit more for this coming season.

Darnell Mooney

72 receptions

800 yards

6 touchdowns

Looking at Mooney’s rookie season, I feel like we can give him an uptick in yards per reception (10.3 in 2020), If he averaged just over 11 yards per catch, Mooney would be around 800 yards on the 72 receptions we have him projected for — which would be up from the 61 catches and 631 yards last year.

One of the biggest factors in projecting these two receivers has to do with Kmet taking a step forward in the offense and the Bears having some other weapons either returning or new to the team this year. Chicago has a few more players in the offensive arsenal, so we could see a little more sharing the wealth.