WR D.J. Chark Jr - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-3, 187Born: 9-23-1996College: LSUDrafted: Round 2, pick 2018

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Chark was in a walking boot after the Week 14 game. He is expected to travel with the team but his playing status is uncertain

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Chark's is week-to-week with an ankle injury. He might be out for the season

General News (Fri Dec 13): is out for this week's game.

General News (Thu Dec 12): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 11): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Mon Dec 9): left the stadium in a boot with the use of a scooter. Chark will be "week-to-week or day-to-day" with an ankle injury, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Week 15: at Oakland Raiders

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FBG says: Great matchup. Gardner Minshew had quite the uninspiring game for his first start back under center since Week 9 for the Jaguars, passing for just 162 yards and a touchdown last week as he was completely unwilling to throw a deep ball. Last week was certainly a contrast from what Minshew displayed earlier this season, as he was no stranger to taking deep shots at his big-bodied wide receivers. Minshew will be without one of those receivers though, as top target D.J. Chark may have caught his last pass this season. Chark suffered a foot injury in last week's game and will be unavailable this week. This leaves Dede Westbrook as the next best option as he should slide into Chark's position with Conley lining up opposite him. Westbrook has battled injuries of his own this season, but he has seen at least seven targets in three straight games and should offer a decent option on the outside. Leonard Fournette is the other primary target for Minshew, especially if those underneath passing routes continue to prevail in the minds of Jacksonville play-callers. Fournette has been on fire as a receiver this season and should continue to be a focal point of this entire offense. The Raiders have consistently been one of the worst teams in football against the pass. They have coughed up the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, the second-most passing touchdowns (30), the highest average yards per pass play (8.6) to opposing passing offenses. Big plays have been a problem for this defense as they lead the league in explosive passing plays allowed, giving up 63 receptions of 20 or more yards and 15 receptions of 40 or more yards. Slot receivers have given Jacksonville fits as cornerback Lamarcus Joyner has been the weakest link in this secondary. This will bode well for Dede Westbrook if the Jaguars can rotate him into his usual slot position this week, but Westbrook will likely run more routes on the outside in place of the injured D.J. Chark. Leonard Fournette should also have a great chance at making plays through the air this week, as these Raiders linebackers have been terrible in pass coverage while the entire defense has struggled to effectively tackle. The defensive line has done a decent job at applying pressure and should be an even match for the Jaguars in the trenches, but nothing else about this passing matchup is even as Gardner Minshew should have plenty of opportunities to get back on track this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at IND 59 0 0 0 15 8.0 104 2 0 22.4
12 at TEN 83 0 0 0 6 5.0 38 0 0 3.8
13 vs TB 67 0 0 0 5 2.0 47 0 0 4.7
14 vs LAC 58 0 0 0 10 9.0 75 0 0 7.5
15 at OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.2 * * * *
15 at OAK PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

D.J. Chark Jr's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 14 vs LAC (10 / 9 / 75 / 0 rec)

He made a fantastic contested back-shoulder fade catch on 3rd and 5 on the first drive to put the Jaguars in field goal range. In the two minute drill to end the first half, he dropped a contested intermediate Stop route a the sticks on 3rd and 11. It would have been a difficult grab, but the throw was on-target (slightly late) and one that an elite receiver needs to make to keep his team in the game. Late in the game, Chark rolled his ankle badly and was seen in a walking boot after the game. The team has signaled it could be a multi-week injury, effectively putting the rest of his season in doubt.

2019 Week 13 vs TB (5 / 2 / 47 / 0 rec)

DJ Chark fell victim to Foles' ineffectiveness in the first half, totaling zero catches until Minshew entered the game since Foles either only tested the middle of the field or checked it down. Chark was noticed more by Minshew, however, and ended the game with two catches for 47 yards, including the aforementioned 39-yard catch after he got open via an out-and-in route. He extended his body to dive for the catch, perfectly tracking it and putting himself in position to make the grab.

2019 Week 12 vs TEN (6 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)

Chark was not targeted until four minutes remained in the first half. He got back-to-back quick passes off RPOs, the second of which converted for a first down on 3rd and 4. He was targeted on a 9-route during the two-minute drill but the ball was horribly underthrown and he could not make the contested catch coming back to it. In the third quarter, he drew a pass interference on Adoree Jackson on a quick Slant. He caught some short passes in the second half, but overall was not heavily involved in the intermediate or deep game even though the Jaguars were in catchup mode.

2019 Week 11 vs IND (15 / 8 / 104 / 2 rec)

Despite the Jaguars' offense laying a complete egg on Sunday, DJ Chark once again showed why he is one of the AFC's top wide receivers. He caught eight of his 15 targets (Foles threw several deep passes at him that had zero chance at being completions), and totaled 104 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown came on the game's second drive as he beat man coverage with an inside breaking route, gainign easy seperation thanks to his body control and quickness out of his break. He caught the pass across the middle and then outran the rest of the Colts' defense to give the Jaguars their only meaningful score on Sunday. His second touchdown was an impressive play as well, even with the game already over. He beat the cornerback on a go route and then coralled the ball in his hands in the corner of the end zone for his eighth touchdown of the season. Overall, Chark showed the whole package on Sunday. He ran good routes, made good hands catches and was a terror after the catch. The Jaguars' offense may have stunk, but Chark certainly didn't.

2019 Week 9 vs HOU (9 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

Chark was a non-factor in the game against the Texans. Any time the Jaguars lined up in a two-back set, the Texans were all over their route combinations. Other than some designed screens, Chark commanded hardly any targets or looks from Minshew the entire day. He did receive a back-shoulder fade target that he caught at the 5 yard line, but the officials threw a flag and called Offensive Pass Interference on him.

2019 Week 8 vs NYJ (12 / 6 / 79 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

DJ Chark continued his strong 2019 campaign by recording a six catch for 79 yards performance, with the aforementioned touchdown added in. He gained easy seperation against the Jets' defensive backs all game long, particually beating them on inside breaking routes such as slants and digs. He caught one 19-yard pass on a backside dig that showed an improved ability to win the rep off of his release off of the line, eating up cushion with long strides that creeped up on the corner. His touchdown was the result of good chemistry with Minshew. He ran a drag from the backside of the formation and once he saw Minshew break from the pocket, he looked for a hole in the Jets' zone coverage before settling in near the sideline nearest to Minshew. He did have one 3rd down drop for the second week in a row, but Sunday was another positive step for the second-year wide receiver. He saw six targets, the second-most on the team behind Fournette's seven.

2019 Week 7 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec, 1 / 20 / 0 rush)

Despite the Bengals' top two cornerbacks being out, second-year receiver D.J. Chark only saw four targets in the passing game, which he converted to three catches for 53 yards, including a 33-yard reception. Chark was also given a direct handoff out of a backfield motion that saw him gain 20 yards thanks to smart open field running. On the few plays he was targeted, Chark once again showed tremendous balance and body control to go along with his already obvious speed. On one 3rd down play he caught a pass along the sideline and then was able to stay balanced and in bounds despite a tackle attempt, helping him pick up even more yardage.

2019 Week 6 vs NO (7 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)

Chark had one of his least impactful games of the season thanks to the Saints aforementioned strategy to have two defenders on him at all time. One of these defenders was Marshon Lattimore, making it even rougher sledding for the emerging second-year player. Chark finished the game with three catches for 43 yards on seven targets. Minshew tried to hit him deep down the sideline once but he underthrew it. Otherwise Chark was only able to make a big play when schemed open by offensive coordinator John DeFilippo or when the Saints defenders got lost in coverage on one 22-yard catch. Chark was also the intended target on Minshew's interception in the second half. He beat Lattimore on the route but Minshew tried to lead him too much as he stopped running, indicating the two were on the wrong page.

2019 Week 5 vs CAR (11 / 8 / 164 / 2 rec)

Chark seems to be having a new breakout game each week but his latest performance was the best of his entire career. He tore apart the Panthers elite pass defense and finished his day with an 8/164/2 statline on 11 targets, and he was just as bit as dominant as the numbers suggest, missing out on a third touchdown by only a yard. Chark looked like a younger A.J. Green on Sunday thanks to elite body control and concentration going along with his speed and 64 frame. He caught everything that came his way and this was ultra-apparent on his second touchdown catch, with him extending the full length of his body and making a strong hands catch against tight coverage. Chark has become the team's unquestioned No. 1 WR.

2019 Week 4 vs DEN (8 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

On the second drive, he made a beautiful diving catch after drawing pass interference while breaking free on a double move. The play had potential to be huge down the field, but the interference slowed him enough in the route to where he had to dive to catch up to the ball. During the Jags' final drive of the first half, he beat Chris Harris easily on a vertical route to catch a touchdown on a perfectly thrown ball from Minshew. However, it was negated due to a penalty on the offensive line. The two continue to show a penchant for connecting on vertical routes. He was just out of bounds after pirouetting along the left sideline on another potentially big catch downfield on the first drive of the second quarter.

2019 Week 3 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 76 / 1 rec)

Chark's first catch of the night was a big one. He ran a fade against Cover 1, beating Malcolm Butler just enough for Gardner Minshew to drop it in the bucket for him in the endzone. He had another couple of short catches in the first half, but nothing of note. On the Jaguars first offensive play of the second half, he again beat Malcolm Butler on a vertical route against Cover 1 for 37 yards. Butler actually had good coverage, but Chark was able to climb the ladder and beat Butler at the catch point.

2019 Week 2 vs HOU (9 / 7 / 55 / 1 rec)

Chark turned in his second straight strong performance after a career day against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 1. He did not make any huge downfield plays against Houston, but he did show terrific ball skills on two separate third down catches, which is a big positive since ball skills were his biggest red flag in 2018. Chark was used all over the field for Jacksonville and is beginning to have the look of a WR1. He scored the team's only touchdown by running a smart drag route into the hole in the Texans' zone coverage on the team's second-to-last offensive play.

2019 Week 1 vs KC (4 / 4 / 146 / 1 rec)

Chark was the star of the Jaguars offense Sunday after having a terribly inconsistent rookie season. His catching woes seemed to be behind him for at least Sunday as he showed strong hands and good ball tracking ability on both his 35-yard touchdown and his 69-yard catch and run. He provides a speed/size combo that only Chris Conley otherwise offers on the roster. He has improved his route running and if he remains consistent catching the ball, could develop into a legitimate WR2 for Jacksonville.


Latest News

Jaguars | Week 15 injury report for Jacksonville (Fri Dec 13, 02:22 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark (ankle) was unable to practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 15 versus the Oakland Raiders. WR Dede Westbrook (shoulder), CB A.J. Bouye (calf), CB Tre Herndon (shoulder), OL Brandon Linder (knee), TE Seth DeValve (oblique), DL Calais Campbell (back), S Ronnie Harrison (concussion), P Logan Cooke (hamstring) and OL Cedric Ogbuehi (hand) practiced fully Friday, Dec. 13, and have been removed from the injury report.

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Jaguars | DJ Chark to miss Week 15 (Fri Dec 13, 02:02 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark (ankle) on Friday, Dec. 13, was ruled out of Week 15.

Our View: Dede Westbrook is the only Jaguars receiver with any momentum coming into this one, although Chris Conley and Keelan Cole should get some more targets with Chark out. Nick O'Leary could also hit as a sleeper tight end.
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Jaguars | Jacksonville's Thursday practice report (Thu Dec 12, 02:48 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark (ankle) did not participate in practice for a second straight day Thursday, Dec. 12. WR Dede Westbrook (shoulder), CB Tre Herndon (shoulder), OL Brandon Linder (knee) and DL Calais Campbell (back) were limited. CB A.J. Bouye (calf), TE Seth DeValve (oblique) and S Ronnie Harrison (concussion) practiced in full.

Our View: Chark was reportedly going to travel with the team as of earlier this week but he is trending towards being out this week. Westbrook would be the only viable Jaguars receiver despite the good matchup vs. Oakland.
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Jaguars | DJ Chark likely idle again (Thu Dec 12, 10:52 AM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark (ankle) is expected to miss practice again Thursday, Dec. 12.

Our View: Chark wants to play but he may get shut down in Week 15. His injury is considered week-to-week, so don't rule out a possibility that he returns in either Week 16 or Week 17 to finish out the season.
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Jaguars | DJ Chark misses practice (Wed Dec 11, 04:00 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Our View: Chark is pushing to play, so keep monitoring his status. Even if he misses this week against the Raiders, Chark could be back for one of the final two games after that.
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