D.J. Chark

D.J. Chark

Wide Receiver #17
ADP:Round: 4, Pick: 6
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 199 lb.
College:LSU
Age:23
Born:September 23, 1996
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 2 (61)
Draft Team:JAX

D.J. Chark: Could see more slot work

Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden believes the Jaguars "can do a little bit more" with Chark this season, including work in the slot.

Analysis: Gruden discussed Chark in a conference call, noting that the 23-year-old wideout has confidence, work ethic, size and speed all working in his favor. Slot work wouldn't be anything new, as PFF shows that Chark got 24 percent of his routes and 17.5 percent of his targets from an inside alignment last season, catching 13 of 20 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns. He produced 1.43 yards per route run from the slot, compared to 1.78 YPRR on all other snaps. An ankle injury slowed Chark down in December and forced him to limp across the finish line for a 1,000-yard season, but he otherwise enjoyed a second-year breakout, catching 67 passes for 956 yards and eight touchdowns through his first 13 games. He appears locked in as the No. 1 receiver, leaving Chris Conley, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole and rookie Laviska Shenault to compete for snaps at the other two receiver spots.

May 27, 2020 5:50 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Quiet in finale

Chark caught four of five targets for 34 yards during Sunday's 38-20 win over the Colts.

Analysis: The 23-year-old was unable to find much involvement downfield in the season finale, but the production was just enough to put him over 1,000 yards for the season. Chark finished 2019 with 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games, a major jump forward after catching only 14 passes as a rookie last year. The 2018 second-round pick was one of the more productive wideouts in the league through Week 8 with 660 yards and six touchdowns, but Jacksonville's offensive struggles in the second half brought his numbers back down to earth. Regardless, Chark is primed to enter 2020 as the Jaguars' No. 1 wide receiver after showing a solid connection with rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew.

December 30, 2019 4:55 PM EST

D.J. Chark: No injury designation for finale

Chark (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Chark didn't advance beyond limited participation in practice this week, but the Jaguars were apparently encouraged enough with how he looked to clear him for the finale. The second-year player will fill his usual role as Jacksonville's top target in an offense that could be missing multiple key skill-position players in Week 17. Quarterback Gardner Minshew (shoulder), running back Leonard Fournette (neck) and fellow wideout Dede Westbrook (neck/shoulder) are all listed as questionable.

December 27, 2019 12:17 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Limited at practice Thursday

Chark (ankle) turned in a limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: Chark hasn't put in a full practice since rolling his left ankle Dec. 8 against the Chargers, but after returning from a one-game absence to play in the Week 16 loss to the Falcons, he may be able to suit up again in Sunday's finale against the Colts. Unless Chark puts in a full practice Friday, however, he'll likely enter the matchup with Indianapolis with an injury designation.

December 26, 2019 2:26 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Listed as limited Wednesday

Chark (ankle) was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimation.

Analysis: Chark (ankle) approached this past Sunday's game against the Falcons listed as questionable, but ended up suiting up and seeing action on 87 percent of the Jaguars' Week 16 snaps on offense. With no reported setbacks in that contest, the wideout's listed limitations Wednesday likely reflect that his reps would have been managed if the team had practiced.

December 25, 2019 3:17 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Drops crucial pass

Chark caught two of seven passes for 18 yards during Sunday's 24-12 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: The Jags fell behind early, but the game might have ended differently had Chark caught a would-be touchdown on fourth down with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter. It would have been a difficult catch for sure as Chark was hit from behind while trying to wrangle the pass, but it still torpedoed Jacksonville's comeback hopes. The sophomore target has run hot and cold this season and his last game against Week 17's opponent, Indianapolis, was among his high points of the year. He went for 104 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 15 targets, albeit with veteran Nick Foles throwing the passes.

December 22, 2019 3:57 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Suits up Sunday

Chark (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Chark, who logged a full slate of limited practices this past week, will thus return to action after missing last weekend's 20-16 win over the Raiders. He should reclaim his prominent role in the Jaguars passing attack in Week 16 and figures to see his share of targets Sunday in the absence of any in-game setbacks. Thirteen contests into his 2019 campaign, Chark has logged 67 catches on 106 targets for 956 yards and eight TDs. At 5-9, Jacksonville is out of the playoff mix, but Chark still has a couple of potential statistical benchmarks in sight as the season winds down for his team, specifically, 1,000 receiving yards and the ten-touchdown mark.

December 22, 2019 8:32 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Questionable but should play

Chark (ankle) is considered questionable for Sunday's game in Atlanta but is expected to play, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville reports.

Analysis: Chark has been working as a limited practice participant this week, and it appears he'll return to action Week 16 after missing last week's win over the Raiders. The 23-year-old should reclaim his status as Jacksonville's top wideout, though it's still worth checking in on his availability ahead of Sunday's 1 P.M. ET kickoff.

December 20, 2019 10:02 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Another limited practice

Chark (ankle) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Back-to-back limited sessions appear to have Chark angling toward a return to action Sunday against the Falcons, though it remains to be seen if he ends up listed as questionable for the contest come Friday, or heads into the weekend minus an injury designation.

December 19, 2019 12:43 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Returns to practice Wednesday

Chark (ankle) logged a limited practice Wednesday.

Analysis: The Jaguars' top receiver was unable to practice at all last week before missing this past Sunday's win over the Raiders, so his return to a limited session Wednesday is a key step toward potentially returning to action this weekend against the Falcons.

December 18, 2019 12:11 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Able to practice

Chark (ankle) is expected to participate in Wednesday's practice, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Chark did some on-field work Monday and now appears set for a return to practice. He'll likely be a limited participant, but that nonetheless gives him a shot to suit up for Sunday's game in Atlanta. The wide receiver was able to run and cut during his Monday workout, with coach Doug Marrone referring to the progress as "great news" for Chark's odds to play Week 16.

December 18, 2019 8:09 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Returns to field Monday

Coach Doug Marrone said Chark (ankle) received clearance to do on-field work Monday, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After rolling his ankle during the Jags' Week 14 loss to the Chargers, Chark was unable to practice last week and didn't suit up this past Sunday at Oakland. Per Marrone, Chark's activity included running and cutting, adding that the development is "great news" for his odds to return Sunday in Atlanta. Consequently, Chark's practice reps will be something to watch as the week goes on.

December 16, 2019 11:21 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Ruled out this week

Chark (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL reports.

Analysis: With Chark unavailable, added Week 15 opportunities will be on tap for fellow wideouts Chris Conley and Keelan Cole, as well as slot man Dede Westbrook (shoulder), assuming he's cleared to play this weekend.

December 13, 2019 9:51 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Misses another practice

Chark (ankle) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: What Chark is able to do at practice Friday, if anything, will thus be a pivotal with regard to his status for Sunday's game against the Raiders. If he's limited or out this weekend, added Week 15 looks will be available for Dede Westbrook (shoulder), Chris Conley and Keelan Cole.

December 12, 2019 12:27 PM EST

D.J. Chark: In line to miss another practice

Chark (ankle) is expected to miss another practice session Thursday.

Analysis: Chark rolled his ankle in Week 14's blowout loss to the Chargers, and so far it appears the injury will cost him two days of practice. He'll likely need to participate in some fashion Friday if he intends to be cleared for a favorable matchup Week 15 against the Raiders.

December 12, 2019 7:39 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Not ready for practice

Chark (ankle) won't practice Wednesday, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Chark was spotted in a walking boot after Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Chargers, with coach Doug Marrone saying the wideout could be either day-to-day or week-to-week. It wasn't the most helpful comment, but Marrone at least seemed to be hinting that the Jaguars still have hope for Chark to play again this season. An absence for Week 15 in Oakland would free up a regular spot for Keelan Cole in three-wide formations, alongside Chris Conley and Dede Westbrook.

December 11, 2019 7:52 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Has ankle injury of unknown severity

Coach Doug Marrone said Chark rolled his ankle Sunday against the Chargers and is considered "day-to-day or "week-to-week," Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL reports.

Analysis: Chark exited in the latter stages of the Jaguars' Week 14 defeat, finishing his day with nine catches (on 10 targets) for 75 yards. Considering Marrone couldn't hone in on a recovery timetable, Chark's ability to practice this week will be telling for his upcoming availability. Notably, and perhaps as a precautionary measure, Chark has been in a walking boot since postgame Sunday. Any sort of absence from Chark will whittle down the receiving corps, whose healthy members include Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, Keelan Cole and Michael Walker.

December 9, 2019 11:12 AM EST

D.J. Chark: In walking boot postgame

Chark (ankle) was seen with a protective boot on his left foot and left the locker room utilizing a scooter following Sunday's loss to the Chargers, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Chark was forced from Sunday's 45-10 loss in the second half after he'd already amassed nine receptions for 75 yards. This latest development implies that the surging second-year wideout could be in for a multi-game absence, which, at this point of the year, could equate to the balance of the regular season. An update on Chark's status is likely during head coach Doug Marrone's customary Monday press conference.

December 8, 2019 10:35 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Exits Sunday's game

Chark (ankle) was forced out of Sunday's game against the Chargers with an ankle injury.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Chark was a bright spot for the Jaguars, who were in the process of being routed by the Chargers. The wideout had logged nine catches on 10 targets for 75 yards before tweaking his ankle.

December 8, 2019 4:04 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Good to go in Week 14

Chark (back) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Jacksonville will have its top three receivers at its disposal in Week 14 after Chark, Chris Conley (ankle) and Dede Westbrook (personal) all practiced in some fashion Friday. In Chark's case, he upgraded from limited showings Wednesday and Thursday to put in a full workout Friday, erasing any concern about his availability for gameday. The Titans and Buccaneers have put the clamps on Chark the past two weeks, with the second-year wideout having only managed a combined seven catches for 85 yards and no touchdowns between those contests.

December 6, 2019 2:04 PM EST

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