D.J. Chark

D.J. Chark

Wide Receiver #17
ADP:Round: 5, Pick: 5
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 199 lb.
College:LSU
Age:24
Born:September 23, 1996
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 2 (61)
Draft Team:JAX

D.J. Chark: Fails to produce in shootout

Chark caught one of seven targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 39-29 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Chark led Jacksonville in targets again, but he was once again inefficient despite seeing notable volume and a favorable gamescript. The third-year wideout and quarterback Gardner Minshew rarely seemed to be on the same page Sunday, as a number of Chark's targets came in the form of low or off target throws. The lack of a connection was perhaps most reliable on Jacksonville's final drive of the game, as Minshew threw a deep ball out of bounce to Chark, who nearly reeled it in, on third and eight. Then, on fourth and eight to essentially seal the game, Minshew missed a wide open Chark for what would have been a first down. The 2018 second-round pick was limited in practice all week due to an ankle issue, so it's possible that his efficiency issues can be blamed in part on injuries. Whatever the case, Chark will look to get right during Jacksonville's Week 8 bye.

October 25, 2020 5:09 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Ready for Week 7

Chark (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: The 24-year-old was listed as a limited practice participant all week, yet he's good to go for Sunday's contest. Chark will look to get back on track after an uneven performance in Week 6 as he caught seven of 14 targets for 45 yards.

October 23, 2020 12:57 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Logs limited practice

Chark (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Chark, who was listed as questionable for this past Sunday's game against the Lions, ended up suiting up and logging 57 of 64 snaps on offense in the Jaguars' 34-16 loss to the Lions, en route to hauling in seven of his 14 targets for 45 yards. With no reported setbacks in that contest, Chark's listed limitations Wednesday are likely maintenance-related.

October 21, 2020 2:52 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Inefficient with huge volume

Chark recorded seven receptions on 14 targets for 45 yards in Week 6 against the Lions.

Analysis: Chark entered the game with 20 targets in four games and nearly doubled his season total with this performance. However, the results expected from such volume didn't come, as he averaged only 3.2 yards per target and also failed to find the end zone. Nevertheless, Chark was clearly quarterback Gardner Minshew's top option and seemed to escaped any setbacks to an ankle injury that left him questionable to suit up. Chark will look to work more efficiently in Week 7 against the Chargers.

October 18, 2020 2:21 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Suiting up Sunday

Chark (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Analysis: Chark's status came down to a game-time call after he only managed one limited practice this week due to an ankle injury, but he demonstrated enough health in his pregame workout to receive the green light to play. The wideout is expected to handle his normal starting role Sunday, and he should benefit from a plus matchup versus a soft Lions pass defense that's missing No. 1 cornerback Desmond Trufant (hamstring).

October 18, 2020 8:32 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Viewed as game-time call

Chark (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions, is being viewed by the Jaguars as a game-time decision, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Pelissero's report paints a less rosier picture of Chark's health than one issued late Saturday by Adam Schefter of ESPN, who indicated the wideout was likely to play. In any case, Chark's status will come down to how he fares in a pregame workout, with a final word on his availability (or lack thereof) coming when the Jaguars release their inactive list around 11:30 a.m. ET. If Chark can't go, Laviska Shenault, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley would serve as quarterback Gardner Minshew's top options in the passing game.

October 18, 2020 5:44 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Likely to play Sunday

Chark (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old put in a limited practice Friday to earn the questionable tag, and he's set to play Week 6 barring a pregame setback. Chark's official status will become clear when the Jags release their inactives list about 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

October 17, 2020 9:00 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Questionable Week 6

Chark (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old sat out the first two practices of the week, but he was able to put in a limited session Friday to earn the questionable tag. Chark appears to be trending in the right direction for Sunday's matchup in the Lions, though his status may not be fully determined until the Jaguars release their inactive about 90 minutes before the 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

October 16, 2020 9:43 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Sidelined for another practice

Chark (ankle) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: The Jaguars' pass-catching corps is banged up heading into the team's Week 6 matchup with the Lions. In addition to Chark, tight end Tyler Eifert (neck) also sat out a second straight practice, while Laviska Shenault (hamstring) took part in some capacity Thursday after missing Wednesday's session. Chark could still put himself in position to play Sunday by returning to practice in some fashion Friday, but his status for the game appears dicey at the moment.

October 15, 2020 11:22 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Sitting out practice

Chark (ankle) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Though he's seemingly moved past the chest/back issue that sidelined him for a Thursday night game against the Dolphins in Week 3, Chark is now tending to a new injury after exiting late in Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Texans. At this stage, the Jaguars appear to be viewing Chark as day-to-day, but he'll likely need to advance to at least limited participation in practice by Thursday or Friday to have a shot at playing this weekend against the Lions. Even before Chark departed in the fourth quarter Sunday, he took a back seat in the passing game to rookie Laviska Shenault, who hauled in seven of eight targets for 79 yards.

October 14, 2020 6:28 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Departs with ankle injury

Chark was forced out of Sunday's game versus the Texans with an ankle injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Chark suffered the injury in the fourth quarter, and it's unlikely he returns with just a few minutes remaining in regulation. The third-year receiver caught three passes for 16 yards before exiting the game. Laviska Shenault, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley likely will be rolled out in three-wide sets for the remainder of the game.

October 11, 2020 12:44 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Scores twice in Week 4

Chark caught eight of nine targets for 95 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 33-25 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Chark did well to get both feet down in the back of the end zone on his 11-yard touchdown catch late in the first quarter, then scored from two yards out on a quick slant early in the fourth. The chest and back injuries that sidelined Chark in Week 3 are now firmly in the rear view mirror, and Jacksonville's top receiving option should continue to play a major role in his team's Week 5 clash with the win-less Texans.

October 4, 2020 1:51 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Clear of injury designation

Chark (chest) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Bengals, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Chark missed last week's loss to the Dolphins with the chest and back issues, but he'll be back on the field Sunday in Cincinnati. The 24-year-old caught all seven of his targets for 109 yards and one touchdowns through two games before being sideline, and he should reclaim his spot as Jacksonville's No. 1 wide receiver.

October 2, 2020 10:42 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Appears set to play Sunday

Coach Doug Marrone said the team is "comfortable" with Chark (chest) playing Sunday against the Bengals, ashlyn reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old was limited at practice Wednesday and Thursday while sporting a red non-contact jersey after sitting out Week 3, but the Jaguars apparently don't have any reservations in returning him to the field this weekend. Chark's availability should receive further clarity when the team releases its official injury report later in the day.

October 2, 2020 9:45 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Limited again in practice

Chark (chest/back) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After sitting out the Week 3 loss to the Dolphins, Chark has opened Week 4 prep with back-to-back limited showings in practice. He'll have one more opportunity to increase his participation level Friday, and if he does, he could approach Sunday's game in Cincinnati without an injury designation. Through his two outings this season, Chark has reeled in all seven of his targets for 109 yards and a touchdown.

October 1, 2020 1:57 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Limited in practice to begin week

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Chark (chest) would be a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Jacksonville isn't quite ready to turn Chark loose after he was sidelined for the team's Week 3 loss to the Dolphins, but the wideout looks to be in good place health-wise after passing all medical tests on his chest injury Monday. Assuming Chark is able to advance to full activity by Thursday or Friday, fantasy managers should expect him to be available for Sunday's game in Cincinnati.

September 30, 2020 6:25 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Getting more tests

Chark (chest/back) is still undergoing testing Monday morning, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Coach Doug Marrone sounded optimistic Friday, but it's at least a little concerning that Chark needs more tests to evaluate his injuries. He was held out of Thursday's 31-13 loss to the Dolphins, and fantasy managers should consider him questionable to return for Week 4 at Cincinnati.

September 28, 2020 6:49 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Slated to be 'fine'

Coach Doug Marrone said the Jaguars are awaiting the results of tests on Chark (back/chest) to determine how to proceed with his recovery, but the wide receiver is expected to be "fine," John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Operating on a short week before Thursday's eventual loss to the Dolphins, Jacksonville opted to keep Chark sidelined after he followed a LP/LP/DNP practice regimen due to back and chest injuries. Marrone's optimism regarding Chark's health is a good enough sign that he'll be available again in the near future, but fantasy managers will want to continue keeping close tabs on his status. In Chark's place Thursday, the Jaguars used a top WR trio of Chris Conley, Laviska Shenault and Keelan Cole, with Collin Johnson and Dede Westbrook occasionally filling in.

September 25, 2020 11:17 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Ruled out Thursday

The Jaguars downgraded Chark (chest) to out for Thursday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Chark initially took a questionable designation into the Week 3 matchup, despite failing to practice Wednesday after being listed as a limited participant on the injury reports Jacksonville released Monday and Tuesday. The Jaguars had some optimism earlier Thursday that Chark might be able to play through the injury on a short week, but he'll ultimately be forced to the sidelines for the first time in 2020. With their top wideout not suiting up, the Jaguars will likely lean on Keelan Cole, Laviska Shenault and Chris Conley as their primary options in three-receiver sets. Dede Westbrook, who has been inactive for the Jaguars' first two games, should also dress for the first time this season Thursday and could play a role in the passing game.

September 24, 2020 11:08 AM EST

D.J. Chark: "Trending upward" for Thursday

Chark (chest) is moving in the right direction in advance of Thursday night's matchup against the Dolphins, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Chark enters this week with a "questionable" tag after logging limited practice sessions Monday and Tuesday before sitting out Wednesday completely. It seems like this is something that can be chalked up to the Jaguars taking an overly cautious approach, but nonetheless, Chark's status will be worth checking up on prior to the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, when the final decision on his status will be made. Should Chark end up suiting up for his regular role, the matchup against Miami would be a favorable one. Through two games, the Dolphins have allowed the third-most standard fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, which includes a combined 30 catches for 454 yards and three touchdowns.

September 24, 2020 6:10 AM EST

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