Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said Tuesday he believes the Jaguars "can do a little bit more" with Chark this season, including using him out of the slot more often. Gruden discussed Chark in a conference call, noting that the 23-year-old wideout has confidence, work ethic, size and speed all working in his favor. Slot work wouldn't be anything new, as Pro Football Focus shows that Chark logged 24 percent of his routes and 17.5 percent of his targets from an inside alignment last season, catching 13 of 20 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns. He produced 1.43 yards per route run from the slot, compared to 1.78 YPRR on all other snaps. An ankle injury slowed Chark down in December and forced him to limp across the finish line for a 1,000-yard season, but he otherwise enjoyed a second-year breakout, catching 67 passes for 956 yards and eight touchdowns through his first 13 games. He appears locked in as the No. 1 receiver, leaving Chris Conley, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole and rookie Laviska Shenault to compete for snaps at the other two receiver spots.
Chark caught four of five targets for 34 yards during Sunday's 38-20 win over the Colts. The 23-year-old was unable to find much involvement downfield in the season finale, but the production was just enough to put him over 1,000 yards for the season. Chark finished 2019 with 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games, a major jump forward after catching only 14 passes as a rookie last year. The 2018 second-round pick was one of the more productive wideouts in the league through Week 8 with 660 yards and six touchdowns, but Jacksonville's offensive struggles in the second half brought his numbers back down to earth. Regardless, Chark is primed to enter 2020 as the Jaguars' No. 1 wide receiver next season, no matter what the team does for its coach and quarterback.
Chark (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Colts. Chark didn't advance beyond limited participation in practice this week, but the Jaguars were apparently encouraged enough with how he looked to clear him for the finale. The second-year player will fill his usual role as Jacksonville's top target in an offense that could be missing multiple key skill-position players in Week 17. Quarterback Gardner Minshew (shoulder), running back Leonard Fournette (neck) and fellow wideout Dede Westbrook (neck/shoulder) are all listed as questionable.
Chark (ankle) turned in a limited practice Thursday. Chark hasn't put in a full practice since rolling his left ankle Dec. 8 against the Chargers, but after returning from a one-game absence to play in his team's Week 16 loss to the Falcons, the wideout may be able to suit up again in Sunday's finale against the Colts. Unless Chark puts in a full practice Friday, however, he'll likely enter the matchup with Indianapolis with an injury designation.
Chark (ankle) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report. Chark (ankle) approached last Sunday's game against the Falcons listed as questionable, but he ended up suiting up and playing 87 percent of the Jaguars' offensive snaps. With no reported setbacks in that contest, the wideout's listed limitations Wednesday likely reflect that his reps would have been managed if the team had actually practiced.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||11/01||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|10||11/15||@Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|3 Year Avg||75||44||591||4||24||13.43||84|