D.J. Chark

D.J. Chark

Wide Receiver #17
ADP:Round: 7, Pick: 9
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: Sitting out season finale

Chark (shin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: The 24-year-old was unable to practice this week due to the shin injury and won't be available for Week 17. It's a disappointing end to a disappointing season for Chark, who finishes with 53 receptions for 706 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games after breaking out with a 1,000-yard campaign in 2019. Laviska Shenault, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley are poised to lead Jacksonville's receiving corps in the season finale.

January 1, 2021 10:31 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Another practice absence

Chark (shin) remained sidelined at practice Thursday.

Analysis: With Chark now having logged consecutive DNPs, his status for Sunday's game against the Colts is cloudy. If he ends up missing Jacksonville's season finale, added snaps and targets will be available for Laviska Shenault, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley.

December 31, 2020 12:29 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Misses practice

Chark (shin) didn't practice Wednesday, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Mark Long of the Associated Press reports previously relayed that Jaguars coach Doug Marrone was unsure about Chark's Week 17 status, so the wideout's absence from practice Wednesday would appear to be more than just rep management. If Chark is out or limited Sunday against the Colts, added targets would be available for Laviska Shenault, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley.

December 30, 2020 12:57 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Status shaky for Week 17

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that he's unsure about Chark's chances of playing Week 17 against the Colts while the receiver tends to a shin injury, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Jacksonville hadn't previously announced that Chark picked up an injury in the Week 16 loss to the Bears, during which he played 75 percent of the offensive snaps and grabbed four of seven targets for 62 yards and a touchdown. Chark's activity (or lack thereof) in practices Wednesday through Friday will likely determine whether the wideout plays in the season finale, but the Jaguars could be hesitant to keep him active if he's not able to advance to full participation by the end of the week. The 1-14 Jaguars have little at stake Week 17, so it would make sense for the organization to take a cautious approach with a player who will be a big part of its plans in 2021.

December 30, 2020 6:31 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Records score in lopsided loss

Chark brought in four of seven targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 41-17 loss to the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: Chark's touchdown reception, which came from 20 yards out on an impressive catch in the left corner of the end zone, actually pulled the Jaguars even with the Bears at 10-10 in the second quarter. While Chicago would go on to separate comfortably in the second half, Chark was able to pace Jacksonville in receiving yardage while finding the end zone for the first time since Week 9. Chark will look to follow up his solid numbers with even better production as the Jags close out a forgettable season versus the Colts on the road in Week 17.

December 27, 2020 2:51 PM EST

D.J. Chark: 53 yards in defeat

Chark caught four of five targets for 53 yards during Sunday's 40-14 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Baltimore had this game in hand early and went into halftime with a 26-0 lead, but Jacksonville's pass catchers didn't benefit much from the negative game script. Chark clearly remains the Jaguars' No. 1 wide receiver, but that hasn't meant much lately with only 12 catches for 154 yards and zero touchdowns over his past four games. A matchup with the Bears in Week 16 is unlikely to significantly improve his outlook.

December 20, 2020 1:40 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Does nothing with nine targets

Chark recorded two receptions on nine targets for 16 yards in Week 14 against the Titans.

Analysis: Chark was third on the team with nine targets -- his highest mark since Week 9. However, he failed to get on the same page as either Mike Glennon or Gardner Minshew, leaving with him another subpar performance. Given the lack of clarity regarding who will be under center for the Jaguars in Week 15 against the Ravens and the difficulty of the matchup, it will be tough for Chark to produce regardless of his target volume.

December 13, 2020 6:41 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Two catches in Week 13

Chark caught two of seven targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: Chark was removed from the injury report after missing last week's game with a rib injury, but he still didn't seem to be 100 percent out there and failed to get on the same page as quarterback Mike Glennon. Jacksonville's No. 1 receiver will look to build on his seasons totals of 43 catches, 575 yards and four touchdowns in Week 14 against the Titans.

December 6, 2020 3:49 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Clear for Week 13

Chark (ribs) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at Minnesota, John Shipley of SI.com reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old sat out Week 12 due to the rib injury and began the week practicing as a limited participant, but he was able to show enough to avoid the questionable tag. Chark will be seeing his first game action with Mike Glennon at quarterback, who took over the starting job last week.

December 4, 2020 10:00 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Logs limited practice

Chark (ribs) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Chark was unable to practice last week, so back-to-back practices -- albeit in a limited fashion -- have the wideout trending in the right direction as Sunday's game against the Vikings approaches. Friday's final injury report of the week should reveal whether he heads into the weekend listed as questionable, or minus a Week 13 injury designation.

December 3, 2020 12:40 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Practices in limited fashion

Chark (ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Chark wasn't able to practice in any capacity prior to being ruled out for last weekend's game against the Browns, so that it represents tangible progress to now see him handling limited reps. Mike Glennon is in line to start Sunday's game in Minnesota, so if Chark is cleared to return he'll face the task of working with his third quarterback of the season.

December 2, 2020 1:58 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Ruled out this week

Chark (ribs) won't play Sunday against the Browns, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site

Analysis: The same applies to Chris Conley (hip), but on the plus side for the Jaguars, Laviska Shenault (hamstring) is slated to return to action this weekend and he should head the team's Week 12 wideout corps along with Keelan Cole.

November 27, 2020 10:19 AM EST

D.J. Chark: Logs another DNP

Chark (ribs) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: Back-to-back absences put Chark's status for Sunday's game against the Browns in doubt. A return to practice Friday, in any capacity, would bolster his chances of suiting up this weekend. In addition to Chark being banged up, it's also worth noting that fellow wideouts Laviska Shenault (hamstring) and Chris Conley (hip) were limited at practice Thursday.

November 26, 2020 12:04 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Unable to practice Wednesday

Chark (ribs) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Chark handled his typical workload in last week's loss to the Steelers, so this injury may have surfaced in the following days. It's concerning that Chark didn't practice at all. He'll look to upgrade his participation by Friday to have a shot to play Sunday against the Browns, a friendly matchup since Denzel Ward (calf) is out of the picture.

November 25, 2020 2:32 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Logs four catches against Steelers

Chark secured four of eight targets for 41 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-3 loss to Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Chark exploded with seven catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in quarterback Jake Luton's first start Week 9 against the Texans, but he's produced a tempered eight receptions for 97 yards in two outings since. Despite the offensive struggles, exemplified by just one total passing TD for Jacksonville between Weeks 10 and 11, Chark remains the clear No. 1 receiving option. The 24-year-old has averaged 8.2 targets per game since Week 4, as Jacksonville readies for a home test against Cleveland in its upcoming matchup.

November 22, 2020 5:24 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Team's leading receiver in loss

Chark caught four of five targets for 56 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-20 road loss to the Packers.

Analysis: On the heels of a 146-yard, one-TD performance last week against the Texans, Chark once again finished as his team's leading receiver despite ranking third behind Chris Conley (eight) and Keelan Cole (seven) in targets. After compiling 73 receptions and 1,008 receiving yards during a breakout 2019, Chark now has 37 total catches for 493 yards through his first eight appearances of the 2020 campaign. A Week 11 matchup against the Steelers is formidable, with Pittsburgh ranking third best in catch rate allowed to opposing wideouts (61.9 percent). Though if Chark is able to break through in the scoring column, where Pittsburgh is tied for fifth worst with 12 receiving TDs surrendered to opposing WRs, he could provide a lucrative fantasy week.

November 15, 2020 3:36 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Ready for Week 10

Chark (illness) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in Green Bay.

Analysis: Chark didn't practice Thursday due to a non-COVID-19-related illness, but the ailment won't hurt his ability to suit up this weekend. He'll look to produce against a Packers defense that has given up 7.9 yards per target and eight touchdowns to wide receivers in eight games (both top 10 most stingy) this season.

November 13, 2020 12:24 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Misses practice Thursday

Chark (illness) didn't practice Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: The report did specify that Chark's illness is not COVID related, so for now it looks like he should be able to recover in time for Sunday's game against the Packers. Friday's injury report will reveal whether the wideout approaches that game with a Week 10 injury designation or gains full clearance to play this weekend.

November 12, 2020 1:41 PM EST

D.J. Chark: Torches Texans for 146 yards

Chark caught seven of 12 targets for 146 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-25 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Chark made a huge impact early in the game with a 73-yard touchdown catch and run to get his team on the board. The big play accounted for half his yardage output on the day, but he still came through with some other notable gains en route to a new season high in that department. Chark's outburst was especially surprising considering Jake Luton was making his first career start under center, and the duo will look to build on this productive effort next Sunday in an effort to keep up with the high-scoring Packers.

November 8, 2020 3:04 PM EST

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

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