Jaguars WR D.J. Chark has been the ‘most impressive receiver’ at training camp
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a litter of options to solidify themselves as the No. 1 receiver in a Nick Foles-led offense. Whether it be Marqise Lee, Chris Conley, DeDe Westbrook, Terrelle Pryor, or Keelan Cole, somebody maybe that answer. ESPN’s Mike DiRocco offers a different option: second-year LSU product D.J. Chark.
DiRocco names Chark as the Jaguars’ MVP of training camp, as he says on ESPN.com,
“Chark made more of an impact as a gunner in 2018 than he did as a receiver (14 catches). He said he didn’t realize the amount of time he needed to spend with his playbook each week and didn’t know how to prepare. But he says he’s much more comfortable now and that shows. He had issues catching the ball last season, but he showed no signs of that in OTAs and training camp. He’s been the most impressive receiver, and it comes at a position that desperately needs playmakers to emerge alongside Dede Westbrook.”
Chark’s selling point is his speed. At the 2018 NFL Combine, the 6-foot-3 receiver ran a blazing fast 4.34 second 40-time. That showed in his rookie year, as the speed merchant averaged 15.8 yards per reception.
Though speed kills, Chark wasn’t a killer as a rookie; as he recorded 14 receptions for 174 yards on a lowly 43.8% catch rate. But indications point to him reversing course and turning into a speed merchant with capable hands and receiving skills in 2019.
Foles is a big-arm quarterback that tends to favor receivers with speed. Considering Chark is just that, he may be in-line for a big sophomore season.