DJ Chark

DJ Chark

25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Detroit Lions
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Chark's 2019 accounts for about half of his career receiving totals, though he's now played four seasons and 43 games. He had only 174 yards in 2018 as a rookie second-round pick, before exploding in 2019 for a 73-1,008-8 receiving line on 118 targets. The next year, Chark dropped to 53-706-5 on 93 targets in 13 games, and then last year he had 154 yards and two TDs before suffering a season-ending ankle fracture Week 4. The 26-year-old now heads to Detroit on a one-year, $10 million contract, and with plenty of time to work his way back from the ankle injury. The problem, at least for Chark's fantasy value, is that rookie No. 12 pick Jameson Williams might simply be better as the team's downfield threat once he completes his recovery from an ACL tear in January. The timing, of course, makes Williams uncertain for Week 1, whereas Chark said in May that he didn't have any limitations at spring practices. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Lions in March of 2022.
No physical limitations
WRDetroit Lions
May 12, 2022
Chark said he has taken part in early offseason workouts with no real physical limitations, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "[The coaching staff] is always there to let me know like, if it's bothering me I don't have to push it as hard or things like that, cause they want me to be where I'm at my peak when the season starts. But no, I do everything that everybody else does," Chark recently said.
ANALYSIS
Chark missed most of the 2021 campaign with a fractured ankle, but he has seemingly had a productive offseason that somewhat started with joining Jared Goff for throwing sessions in California. Since then, the receiver has been getting acclimated in Detroit and has remained setback-free while doing so. If the 25-year-old can stay that way through the end of the summer, Chark should easily open the season as the Lions' No. 1 perimeter receiver while Jameson Williams (knee) works his way back from an ACL injury.
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How do DJ Chark's 2021 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
81.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
2.06
 
% Team Air Yards
7.4%
 
% Team Targets
3.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
16.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
31.8%
 
Drop Rate
9.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.7
 
% Targeted On Route
22.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.57
 
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70863%
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26423%
23221%
19918%
14313%
464%
373%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do DJ Chark's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
198 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.34 sec
 
Vertical Jump
40.0 in
 
Broad Jump
129 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
32.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
2019
2018
After his breakout 2019, a combination of rib, shin and ankle injuries cost Chark three games last year, and he never found any consistency with the Jaguars’ carousel of subpar quarterbacks. But help is on the way. The Jaguars drew the first pick in the draft, with which they selected uber-prospect Trevor Lawrence, who should provide an immediate and significant upgrade. At 6-4, 198, with blazing 4.34 speed, a 40-inch vertical and a 129-inch broad jump, Chark’s athletic profile jumps off the page. And he’s already put up a 1,000-yard, eight-TD season with Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles. Chark won’t just have a new quarterback, but also a new offensive coordinator (Darrell Bevell) and new coach (Urban Meyer). Bevell has directed some run-heavy offenses, but Meyer’s teams have usually had more wide-open attacks, and with Lawrence under center, we have to imagine the Jaguars will be throwing it. Chark should be the top target, but second-year man Laviska Shenault showed promise as the rookie, and the team signed veteran Marvin Jones this offseason.
Despite doing little in 11 games as a rookie, Chark broke out in Year 2, making the most of his 118 targets - 13.8 YPC, 8.5 YPT - for a below-average passing team. At 6-4, 198, and with blazing 4.34 speed, a 40-inch vertical leap and 129-inch broad jump, Chark's physical tools are approaching Randy Moss territory. While he had only one catch of 40-plus yards, Chark caught 17 for 20-plus (T-9th), and there's little doubt he's fast enough to stretch the field. He didn't see a ton of work in the red zone (15 total targets, six from inside the 10) but still scored eight touchdowns and had only four drops all year. With Nick Foles in Chicago, it should be second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew's team all offseason, and he should get better and improve his rapport with the Jags' top receiver. The Jaguars drafted bruiser Laviska Shenault in the second round, and Dede Westbrook is still around, but they're more likely to compete with one another and Chris Conley than cut into Chark's secured role. Finally, the Jaguars offense should improve under new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who hasn't had a young receiver with this type of size and speed since he coached A.J. Green in Cincinnati.
A former LSU Tiger, Chark was selected in the second round of the 2018 draft and proceeded to be a non-factor in an unproductive offense for most of the season. He missed five games with a quad injury and had 14 catches for 174 yards, looking very much like a receiver relying on raw talent rather than technical skill. At 6-4, 198 pounds, and with a 4.34 40-yard dash and 40-inch vertical, the 22-year-old still possesses elite tools, but needs to take a significant step forward this offseason in order to utilize them. Dede Westbrook is locked in for regular snaps, but beyond that it's more of a crapshoot for the Jaguars at wide receiver. Chark has a realistic chance to secure the No. 2 or 3 role as he competes with Chris Conley, Marquise Lee and Keelan Cole. The upgrade to Nick Foles at quarterback should help Chark from both a developmental and production standpoint, but at this point it's difficult to call him a potential sleeper given his struggles last year.
The 6-4, 198-pound receiver out of LSU was a potential first-round pick in April's draft, but the Jaguars were able to snatch him late in the second round. Chark had a dominant combine with a 4.34 40-yard dash, 40-inch vertical and 129-inch broad jump after posting 40 catches for 874 yards (21.9 average) and three touchdowns for the Tigers in 2017. The 21-year-old seems unlikely to take on a high-volume role due to the Jaguars run-heavy offense and depth of talent at wide receiver, but his potential as a big-play threat could have Chark making significant contributions in his rookie season.
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Catching passes from Goff
WRDetroit Lions
April 22, 2022
Chark recently joined Jared Goff for a throwing session in California, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Signing with Detroit for one season
WRDetroit Lions
Ankle
March 15, 2022
Chark (ankle) is signing a one-year, $10 million contract with the Lions, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
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Bouncing back from ankle injury
WRJacksonville Jaguars
Ankle
February 28, 2022
Chark, who suffered a season-ending fractured ankle in Week 4 of the 2021 season, continues to rehab from the injury as free agency approaches, John Reid Florida Times-Union reports.
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Officially out for season
WRJacksonville Jaguars
Ankle
October 25, 2021
Coach Urban Meyer confirmed Monday that Chark (ankle) is out for the season, John Shipley of SI.com reports.
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Officially placed on IR
WRJacksonville Jaguars
Ankle
October 4, 2021
Chark (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday.
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