Second-year speedster D.J. Chark must make the jump from struggling rookie to playmaker in order to keep his Fantasy prospects strong. A change in offensive scheme and quarterback should help him have a chance to put up more meaningful numbers, but he'll have to stay healthy and see an uptick in targets to truly contribute. Until that happens, he's only worth holding on to in long-term Fantasy formats. Teammates Dede Westbrook and Marqise Lee are considered safer Fantasy options.
Chark demonstrated a solid rapport with new quarterback Nick Foles at minicamp, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports. Chark only recorded 174 receiving yards during his rookie season while missing time due to injury, so it's good to see him healthy for the spring and already developing some early chemistry with the new signal-caller. The 6-foot-4 Chark won't be gifted playing time just because of his second-round pedigree, however, so he'll need to impress in training camp and the preseason to beat out Chris Conley and Keelan Cole for the No. 3 receiver job.
Chark didn't catch either of his targets in Sunday's loss to the Texans, and totaled 14 receptions for 174 yards in 11 games this season. Chark missed the previous five games with the quadriceps issue so it was good to see him return to the field, though he played only 12 offensive snaps. The heavier workload he had been seeing prior to the injury dissipated, with Keelan Cole remaining as the team's No. 3 wide receiver for the season finale. The rookie second-round pick overall had an uneventful debut campaign, as he failed to make much of an impact on an unproductive offense. A full offseason with the team should help the 22-year-old's development significantly, as his raw technical skills as a receiver showed when on the field. At 6-4 and 198 pounds, Chark has the physical tools to be an explosive downfield threat, but the Jaguars still need to find a solution to their quarterback situation.
Chark (quadriceps) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice. As expected, Chark made his return to the practice field and he apparently wasn't limited in any way. This development puts the receiver on track to play in Sunday's regular-season finale in Houston after sitting out the Jaguars' last five games. The rookie validated that notion after Wednesday's practice, per John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site.
Chark (quadriceps) is slated to participate in practice Wednesday. It won't be revealed until after the session concludes whether Chark was a limited or full participant, but regardless of how he's listed, it would mark the rookie's first on-field activity since he tweaked his left quadriceps in a Week 11 loss to the Steelers. Since Chark has missed the Jaguars' last five games with the injury, he may only play a bit role in the team's offensive game plan if he makes it back for Sunday's season finale in Houston.
Chark (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports. The Jaguars will hold the rookie for the fifth consecutive game, an unsurprising development after he failed to practice this week. Chark may need to log a full practice or two next week to have a realistic shot at suiting up in the Jaguars' season finale Dec. 30 against the Texans.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|6||10/13||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|8||10/27||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|13||12/01||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|14||12/08||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
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