Longtime NFL veteran wide receiver DJ Chark signed a new contract with the Detroit Lions. Chark spent the first four seasons of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
For DJ Chark, it’s a 1-year deal worth $10M fully guaranteed. https://t.co/7cibMVQhxN
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2022
DJ Chark, Detroit Lions, Agree to Contract
Chark’s 2021 season was cut short due to injury. He suffered a broken ankle during Jacksonville’s Week 4 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Chark left that game early in the first quarter after one of his own offensive linemen fell on his ankle during a running play. In four games of action, Chark had seven receptions on 22 targets for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
Chark played in 13 games in the 2020 season, starting in 12 of them. It was a year of high expectations. Chark had a 1000 yard receiving season the year prior. Unfortunately, a chest/rib injury and a shin injury kept him out of three games, limiting his potential. Chark finished the season with 53 receptions on 93 targets for 706 yards and five touchdowns.
The 2019 season was Chark’s best statistically. That year he had 73 receptions on 118 targets for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. He played in 15 games, which is his highest mark to this point. Chark’s catch rate that season was 61.9%, over five percent higher than his average of 55.5% during his career. Though originally an alternate, Chark received the honor of playing in the Pro Bowl for the 2019 season.
Chark’s rookie season was in 2018. The Jaguars selected him in the second round (61st overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. It was a rough season for the young wideout. Just one year after the Jags were in the AFC Championship, he was low on the depth chart. Chark played in just 11 games with no starts, missing five due to a quadriceps injury. He had just 14 receptions on 32 targets for 184 yards with no scores. However, Chark was a contributor on special teams in his rookie campaign as well. He played 55% of the Jags special teams snaps. Chark had seven kick returns for 186 yards with a long of 47.
Chark is originally from Alexandria, LA, and played for Lousiana State University.
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