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. 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.
Chark recently joined Jared Goff for a throwing session in California, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Chark missed most of last season after fracturing his ankle in Week 4. While it's not perfectly clear where he stands in his recovery, head coach Dan Campbell said the Lions expect nearly perfect attendance for the start of offseason workouts, and Chark's ability to catch passes from Goff in recent weeks demonstrates that the wideout is not starting the offseason on the sidelines.
Chark (ankle) is signing a one-year, $10 million contract with the Lions, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. Coming back from a season-ending ankle fracture suffered in Week 4 of 2021, the 25-year-old wideout reportedly will receive $10 million guaranteed with another $2 million available via incentives. Chark should be ready for training camp, or perhaps even the offseason program, at which point he'll profile as the top downfield threat for Lions QB Jared Goff. The team also has Amon-Ra St. Brown coming off a big rookie year where he did most of his damage in the slot, while perimeter receiver Josh Reynolds recently signed a two-year extension. Chark, a 2018 second-round pick, caught 147 passes for 2,042 yards and 15 TDs over his four years in Jacksonville, with about half that production coming in his second season (73-1,008-8 receiving line in 2019). He'll turn 26 in September and shouldn't have too much trouble earning snaps and targets in Detroit.
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. Chark, who was limited to just seven catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in four games this past season, is poised to become an unrestricted free agent, and Reid suggests that the 2018 second-rounder potentially could ink a short-term contract extension with the Jaguars. That said, it's also plausible that the 25-year-old wideout could field more lucrative offers from other teams if he hits the open market. Either way, once Chark re-proves his health, the 6-foot-4, 198-pounder -- who logged a 73-1,008-8 stat line in 15 contests back in 2019 -- profiles as a fantasy bounce-back candidate in 2022.
Coach Urban Meyer confirmed Monday that Chark (ankle) is out for the season, John Shipley of SI.com reports. Meyer took his time confirming the length of Chark's recovery timetable, as the wideout was placed on IR due to a fractured left ankle back on Oct. 4, but the season-ending nature of his injury can now be considered official. As Meyer noted Monday, Jamal Agnew has impressed over the last two weeks after stepping into a larger role on offense, but Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault remain the clear top two wideouts on Jacksonville's depth chart.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/09||@New England Patriots||5||18.56|
|9||11/06||Green Bay Packers||14||20.67|
|11||11/20||@New York Giants||11||20.35|
|15||12/18||@New York Jets||13||20.65|
|18||01/08||@Green Bay Packers||14||20.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||78||44||623||5||29||14.16||92|