D.J. Chark

Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #17
Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #17

D.J. Chark News

Makes game-sealing catch

Chark caught three of four passes for 14 yards during Sunday's 20-16 win over Green Bay.

Analysis: Chark struggled to get open most of the game outside of the play in which he made the game-sealing catch on 4th-and-1 with just over a minute remaining in regulation. He'll finish out his one-year contract with Detroit having racked up 502 yards and three scores over 11 games. While this isn't the kind of production that will significantly boost his stock entering free agency, Chark performed well in a deep-threat role and caught a career-high three catches of 40-plus yards despite seeing a handful fewer targets than he saw during his productive days in Jacksonville between 2019 and 2020.

Jan 9, 2023 9:05 PM EST

Two long gains against Bears

Chark caught two of four targets for 56 yards during Sunday's 41-10 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Chark logged a pair of 28-yard gains but wasn't needed to do much else on a day Detroit had its way on the ground -- outside of throwing an impressive block to help spring Jameson Williams for a 40-yard rushing gain. Against a Bears defense that ranked among the worst in the league in many passing categories, this output was surely a disappointment to anyone counting on Chark for production. Look for the entire Lions passing game to rebound in a crucial regular-season finale in Green Bay to book a trip to the playoffs.

Jan 1, 2023 2:00 PM EST

Tops century mark

Chark caught four of five targets for 108 yards during Saturday's loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Chark made a number of nice catches -- including a 39-yard haul on 3rd-and-10 at one point -- while displaying a deep-threat ability that continues to complement fellow starting wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown well. Chark has ultimately finished with at least 94 receiving yards in the past four games and his 19.9 yards per reception over this stretch ranks among the highest in the league -- significantly outdistancing the season-long league leader in that category, Jaylen Waddle (18.0). With the Lions possibly set up to lean on the passing game over the final two games with Jamaal Williams (leg) uncertain to play, Chark could keep the good times rolling in Week 17 against the Bears.

Dec 25, 2022 8:01 AM EST

Blanketed by Jets

Chark caught one of two passes for 18 yards during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Chark ultimately drew one of the more unfavorable matchups he could find against likely defensive rookie of the year Sauce Gardner, who was almost never tested by Lions quarterback Jared Goff. Instead, the Lions directed the vast majority of the passing game through Amon-Ra St. Brown and running back D'Andre Swift on short passes. Chark and the rest of the Lions passing game will look to get back to their explosive ways in Week 16 against a Panthers defense that could be without top cornerback CJ Henderson (ankle).

Dec 18, 2022 2:13 PM EST

Continues surge in Week 14 win

Chark brought in six of seven targets for 94 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' 34-23 win over the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Chark co-led the Lions in receptions while pacing the team in receiving yards with the help of a game-long 48-yard grab on a second-quarter touchdown grab. The speedster has generated an 11-192-2 line over the last two games, and he's seen 18 targets in his last three contests overall. He'll look to continue his surge in a tough Week 15 road matchup against the Jets.

Dec 11, 2022 4:30 PM EST

Lights up old team

Chark secured five of six targets for 98 yards in the Lions' 40-14 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Chark got a crack at his original Jaguars squad and was able to generate a season-best catch and yardage totals in the process. The 2018 second-round pick of the Jaguars has shown signs of life over the last two games -- he also recorded his first touchdown since Week 1 against the Bills on Thanksgiving -- giving him some momentum heading into a key Week 14 divisional battle against the Vikings at Ford Field.

Dec 4, 2022 4:07 PM EST

Sees jump in usage

Chark caught two of five targets for 16 yards with one touchdown during Thursday's 28-25 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Chark snagged a short touchdown on 3rd-and-goal from the one-yard line but otherwise had trouble connecting with quarterback Jared Goff. No instance was more indicative of this than the Lions' final third-down play when Goff badly under-threw him on a potential go-ahead touchdown pass. On the bright side, Chark jumped to a 73 percent snap share after seeing 16 percent of the snaps in his return from an ankle injury last week against the Giants. Heightened production should follow in future weeks considering Chark averaged six targets per game while seeing a similar proportion of snaps over the first few weeks of the season.

Nov 24, 2022 8:40 PM EST

Set to play Thursday

Chark (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Thursday's contest against the Bills.

Analysis: Chark put an end to a six-game absence this past Sunday at the Giants, but he logged only 10 offensive snaps and didn't haul in his only target. This week, he followed up back-to-back limited listings in Lions injury reports with an uncapped session Wednesday, so he appears to be a bit more healthy ahead of his fifth outing of the season. If Josh Reynolds (back, questionable) joins Chark as active Thursday, the duo likely will play behind both Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond.

Nov 23, 2022 12:48 PM EST

Remains limited Tuesday

Chark (ankle) was limited in Tuesday's walkthrough practice.

Analysis: With another limited listing on Week 12 injury reports behind him, Chark has one more opportunity to get back to full ahead of Thursday's game against the Bills. Assuming he's able to suit up, he'll be looking to increase his snap share (16 percent) and target count (one) from this past Sunday's win at the Giants. With fellow wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond healthy, though, an active Chark may not see many looks from quarterback Jared Goff.

Nov 22, 2022 2:32 PM EST

Listed as limited Monday

Chark (ankle) was listed as limited on Monday's estimated injury report.

Analysis: Making his first appearance since Week 3 during Sunday's road win against the Giants, Chark handled a rotational role behind starters Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond. Chark earned just 11 of 67 snaps on offense and didn't haul in his only target, while St. Brown (60 snaps) and Raymond (57) got most of the work among Lions wide receivers. Considering his usage and current status on Detroit's first practice report of Week 12, Chark's ankle isn't yet 100 percent, and he may not be in line for many plays Thursday versus the Bills.

Nov 21, 2022 2:27 PM EST

Off injured reserve

Chark (ankle) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: The deep-threat specialist should return to the starting lineup with Josh Reynolds (back) out for a third straight game. It's been a disappointing Lions tenure for Chark as the 26-year-old had just seven receptions for 98 yards in three games before suffering an ankle injury that kept him out of the subsequent six contests. The imminent debut of rookie Jameson Williams (knee) clouds the rest-of-season projections for Chark, but he should be poised for a relatively intriguing Week 11 outing against an inconsistent Giants defense.

Nov 19, 2022 1:35 PM EST

Designated for return to practice

Coach Dan Campbell said Wednesday that Chark (ankle) is being designated for a return from IR, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Chark's practice window now opens up, giving him 21 days to resume handling on-field work without counting against the active roster. The speedy wideout hasn't played since Week 3, but it now appears he's nearing a return to the starting lineup, where he will stand to complement Amon-Ra St. Brown. Per Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com, the Lions also hope to start the practice window on Jameson Williams (knee) after Thanksgiving.

Nov 16, 2022 9:31 AM EST

Lands on IR

Chark (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Even with the bye week Chark still wasn't able to get on the practice field this week, essentially setting the stage for this designation. The speedy wide receiver won't be eligible to return until mid-November leaving the likes of Josh Reynolds (ankle), Tom Kennedy and Kalif Raymond to take on an expanded role.

Oct 22, 2022 1:25 PM EST

Ruled out again despite bye

Chark (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Dallas.

Analysis: Chark missed the last two games before a Week 6 bye and still hasn't returned to practice. Fellow wideout Josh Reynolds (ankle) is listed as questionable, further increasing the odds that depth receivers Tom Kennedy and Kalif Raymond see targets Sunday. Chark's next chance to play is Oct. 30 against the Dolphins.

Oct 21, 2022 12:56 PM EST

Doesn't practice Thursday

Chark (ankle) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Even with the benefit of a Week 6 bye, Chark isn't showing any sign that a return to action is imminent. In fact, he was seen wearing a walking boot Thursday, which he relayed to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com is a precautionary measure to expedite his recovery effort. Both Chark and Josh Reynolds (knee) have been unable to practice this week, and if they're sidelined Sunday at Dallas, the Lions' receiving corps would be whittled down to Amon-Ra St. Brown, Kalif Raymond and Tom Kennedy among options on the active roster.

Oct 20, 2022 1:38 PM EST

Not ready to practice

Chark (ankle) isn't in line to practice Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Chark has missed the Lions' last two games, with his looming non-participation at practice Wednesday suggesting that his status for Sunday's contest against the Cowboys remains cloudy. If he remains out or is limited this weekend, Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond would once again be in line for added WR opportunities in Week 7 alongside Amon-Ra St. Brown.

Oct 19, 2022 9:27 AM EST

Won't play this week

Chark (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Chark will miss back-to-back games before a Week 6 bye, potentially setting up a return Week 7 in Dallas. The Lions gave Tom Kennedy and Quintez Cephus (foot) a lot of playing time last week, but Cephus is ruled out this week, potentially creating an opening for Kennedy and Kalif Raymond (especially if Amon-Ra St. Brown also misses another game with his ankle injury; he's listed as questionable). Chark did manage one limited practice this week and could be ready to go after the bye.

Oct 7, 2022 1:22 PM EST

Back to limited practice

Chark (ankle) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: After following an LP/DNP/LP practice regimen last week, Chark was expected to play Week 4 against the Seahawks before the Lions ruled him out last Saturday. This time around, he mixed into drills Thursday after sitting out Wednesday, which also happened for fellow wide receiver Josh Reynolds (ankle) and tight end T.J. Hockenson (hip). Meanwhile, Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) and D'Andre Swift (shoulder/ankle) have yet to practice this week, so Chark could be on pace for a significant snap count Sunday in New England if he's able to get rid of his designation ahead of a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Oct 6, 2022 1:24 PM EST

Misses practice again

Chark (ankle) isn't practicing Wednesday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: Chark missed the 48-45 loss to Seattle on Sunday, getting ruled out Saturday after coach Dan Campbell had said Friday that the wideout would play. Chark managed limited practices last Wednesday and Friday but now is back to sitting out as the Lions begin preparation for a Week 5 contest in New England (followed by a Week 6 bye). Fellow wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds also missed practice Wednesday because of ankle injuries, though Reynolds played through his and had 81 yards and a score in the loss this past Sunday.

Oct 5, 2022 12:17 PM EST

Surprisingly ruled out

Chark (ankle) has been downgraded to out and will not play in Sunday's matchup against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Coach Dan Campbell hinted Friday that Chark would be able to play, but evidently the veteran's ankle injury was too difficult to overcome. The Lions will now be without three of their top offensive options with D'Andre Swift (shoulder), Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) and Chark all inactive. Expect Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond to see the majority of the snaps at wide receiver with tight end T.J. Hockenson and running back Jamaal Williams chipping in as capable mid-range targets.

Oct 1, 2022 1:25 PM EST

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