Jaguars: Waiting to re-sign DJ Chark may be best thing for everyone

D.J. Chark #17 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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There’s no doubt the Jacksonville Jaguars should give DJ Chark a new deal.

Demetrius Harvey points out that DJ Chark is coming off a mediocre 2020 season, catching 53 passes for 706 yards and five touchdowns but rightfully points out that his subpar production might’ve been mostly due to the instability at the quarterback position.

Last season, Gardner Minshew II, Jake Luton, and Mike Glennon all took snaps under center and they all failed to move the Jaguars’ offense on a consistent basis, which in turn affected the performance of their skill position players, Chark included.

Nevertheless, Chark showed in 2019 he can play at a high level, hauling in 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. That year, he earned a Pro Bowl designation and the third-highest Pro Football Focus grade for a sophomore wide receiver. His numbers will surely go up with better quarterback play and coincidentally, the Jaguars will most likely use the first overall selection in 2021’s draft to take Trevor Lawrence, arguably the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck in 2012.

With more stability at the quarterback position, Chark should be able to go back to his dominant self. Harvey thinks the Jaguars ‘have a golden opportunity to get his contract done at perhaps the lowest number it will be’. He later says that the longer they wait, the more they will have to pay him and by the time they end up offering him an extension, there may not be guarantees he will want to stay. For that reason, he thinks the Jags should strike a deal while the iron is hot, but…