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D.J. Chark

Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver #17
Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver #17
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D.J. Chark News

Records TD grab in loss

Chark brought in three of 12 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 37-21 loss to the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: As his extremely poor catch rate implies, Chark's afternoon would have been a complete fantasy washout had it not been for his sensational 41-yard touchdown grab late in the third quarter. The chemistry between Chark and rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence clearly needs some work, but the respective talent of each player should certainly lead to some big games as the season unfolds. Chark will look to start making good on that potential in a Week 2 home battle versus the Broncos.

Sep 12, 2021 3:34 PM EST

Fully recovered from finger surgery

Chark (finger) isn't listed on the injury report for Jacksonville's Week 1 matchup with Houston, Michael DiRocco of reports.

Analysis: As expected, after coach Urban Meyer declared the wideout healthy upon his Monday return to practice. Chark had been out since the first week of August after getting surgery on a hairline fracture in his finger, with the expectation all along that he'd be ready for Week 1. He'll have target competition from fellow wide receivers Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault, but the Jaguars don't have a tight end or running back who demands significant volume from rookie QB Trevor Lawrence. The new-look Jags start their season against the AFC South's other rebuilding franchise, traveling to Houston for Week 1.

Sep 8, 2021 2:58 PM EST

Recovered from broken finger

Chark (finger) is 100 percent healthy entering Week 1 after sitting out the preseason, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: It's not a major surprise, as Chark and coach Urban Meyer have consistently indicated the wideout would be ready for the season opener after undergoing surgery in early August for a hairline fracture in his finger. The 24-year-old's status, or lack thereof, on the injury report later this week should provide final confirmation of his outlook for Sunday at Houston.

Sep 6, 2021 2:14 PM EST

No worries for Week 1

Coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that Chark (finger) is on track for Sept. 12's season opener in Houston, Michael DiRocco of reports.

Analysis: Meyer also said wideouts Marvin Jones (shoulder) Tavon Austin (quadriceps) will be available for Week 1. Chark underwent surgery early August to address a hairline fracture in his finger, which forced him to miss the entire preseason, but he'll be available to head the Jaguars' revamped receiving corps with quarterback Trevor Lawrence under center when the regular season kicks off.

Aug 31, 2021 1:56 PM EST

Sits out preseason finale

Chark (finger) won't suit up for Sunday's preseason finale against the Cowboys.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow wideout Marvin Jones (shoulder), though the expectation remains that both players should be available for Week 1 action. Chark is bouncing back from a procedure in early August to repair a hairline fracture of his finger, but as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks, look for the 24-year-old to man a starting WR spot in Jacksonville's season-opener, Sept. 12 against the Texans.

Aug 29, 2021 8:46 AM EST

Spotted at practice

Chark (finger) was on the field with pads at Monday's practice but didn't catch any passes, James Johnson of Jags Wire reports.

Analysis: The wideout had surgery in early August to repair a hairline fracture of his finger, with coach Urban Meyer saying afterward that Chark should be ready for the regular-season opener. He'll miss the entire preseason and may be limited in practice for a few more weeks, but his presence on the practice field confirms Chark is on track to suit up against the Texans on Sept. 12, likely working as Jacksonville's No. 1 receiver.

Aug 17, 2021 9:18 AM EST

Has hairline finger fracture repaired

Coach Urban Meyer expects Chark (finger) to play in the Jaguars' season opener against the Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Schefter's report confirms that the team's No. 1 wideout underwent surgery to address a hairline fracture of his finger, but given the timing of the procedure, Chark's Week 1 availability isn't expected to be impacted. Assuming that's the case, the 2018 second-rounder remains in line to head a 2021 wide receiver corps that also features Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault, with Phillip Dorsett, Collin Johnson and Jamal Agnew also in the mix.

Aug 8, 2021 10:07 AM EST

Undergoes hand procedure

Chark reportedly underwent a procedure this week to address a hairline fracture in his hand, but is expected to be ready for the Jaguars' season opener, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union relays.

Analysis: For his part, Mark Long of the Associated Press indicates that Chark is dealing with a finger issue, but either way, it looks like Jacksonville's top wideout will miss some time and his status will now need to be monitored leading up to Week 1.

Aug 8, 2021 9:45 AM EST

Battling minor injury

Chark is sitting out Friday's practice with an undisclosed minor injury, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: It's unclear when the injury cropped, up, but Chark won't be taking part in Friday's session. Fellow wideout Marvin Jones (personal) is also absent, so Laviska Shenault and Collin Johnson should work as the team's top receivers to finish the week. Chark should be considered day-to-day until the team updates his status.

Aug 6, 2021 7:21 AM EST

Adding strength during offseason

Coach Urban Meyer challenged Chark (shin) to get stronger during the offseason, and the wideout has already added seven pounds in the weight room, Michael DiRocco of reports.

Analysis: Meyer didn't like what he saw from the 24-year-old when reviewing film from the 2020 season, and the new coach approached the wideout to voice his concerns. It's a pivotal point in Chark's career as he enters a contract year, and he should benefit from more stability at quarterback with rookie first overall pick Trevor Lawrence taking the reigns. Chark eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards with eight touchdowns in 2019, but he struggled to find consistency last season with 706 receiving yards and five scores. The addition of Marvin Jones should also help open downfield opportunities for Chark, and the offense as a whole.

Jun 3, 2021 4:17 PM EST

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.

Jan 1, 2021 10:31 AM EST

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.

Dec 31, 2020 12:29 PM EST

Misses practice

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

Dec 30, 2020 12:57 PM EST

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.

Dec 30, 2020 6:31 AM EST

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.

Dec 27, 2020 2:51 PM EST

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.

Dec 20, 2020 1:40 PM EST

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.

Dec 13, 2020 6:41 PM EST

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.

Dec 6, 2020 3:49 PM EST

Clear for Week 13

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

Dec 4, 2020 10:00 AM EST

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.

Dec 3, 2020 12:40 PM EST

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