Chark caught one of four targets for 13 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 31-20 win against the Patriots. Chark didn't see a target in the season opener last week, but he played 30 of 71 offensive snaps Sunday. The 21-year-old did haul in his first career catch in the third quarter but promptly lost the handle. QB Blake Bortles threw 45 passes and totaled 377 yards Sunday, yet Chark was unable take advantage of the pass-heavy offense with Leonard Fournette (hamstring) inactive. Chark was clearly the team's No. 4 receiver Sunday behind Keelan Cole, Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook, and he's likely to remain in that role for the near future.
Chark didn't draw any targets in Sunday's 20-15 win over the Giants. Chark did at least have some value to his team, logging 13 snaps on offense and 16 on special teams. He starts his career as the No. 4 wide receiver in a run-heavy offense, but there could be opportunity around the corner if Donte Moncrief (one catch on five targets) continues to struggle.
With Marqise Lee (knee) set to be placed on IR, Chark is a candidate to see added snaps and targets this coming season, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports. Chark has been opening eyes this summer, but his path to targets was not especially clear before Lee's injury. While Chark may open the season a slight notch below Keelan Cole, Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook, it's not hard to imagine his profile in the Jacksonville offense increasing as the season rolls along, either through additional injuries or simply by establishing a strong rapport with QB Blake Bortles.
Chark was targeted once but did not record a reception during Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons. The rookie second-round pick wasn't involved much, but his fantasy outlook for the 2018 season is nonetheless on the rise after Marqise Lee was carted off the field with an ugly knee injury. While Keelan Cole will likely be joined by Donte Moncrief or Dede Westbrook in the starting lineup if Lee is forced to miss time, Chark is also a candidate to take on some of the vacated snaps.
Chark "has been the most impressive (Jacksonville) receiver in camp" according to ESPN's Michael DiRocco. Chark, who the Jaguars took 61st overall in April's draft, has some competition for a key role in the team's offense, namely fellow wideouts Donte Moncrief, Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook. Based on their NFL experience, Lee and Moncrief currently profile as the team's top short-term options, but Chark -- who is listed at 6-foot-4, 198 pounds -- figures to continue to jostle for slotting behind that duo with Cole and Westbrook. It may take an injury or two for the rookie to become a reliable fantasy consideration, given that he may not initially step into a high-volume role, but Chark does offer a nice long-term ceiling if he's able to continue to polish his route-running at the pro level.
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