Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 realistic expectations for WR DJ Chark in 2021

D.J. Chark #17 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
D.J. Chark #17 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /
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DJ Chark Jr. #17 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

DJ Chark will score nine receiving touchdowns for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

DJ Chark had just five receiving touchdowns in 2020 after scoring eight the season before but he will register a career-high nine this upcoming season. Rookie Justin Herbert had 31 passing touchdowns in 2020 while Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, 2019’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, had 20 the season before.

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that rookie Trevor Lawrence finishes the 2021 season somewhere in the middle with 26. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Chark haul in nine receiving touchdowns. Again, the Jaguars’ offense should be better than it was last year. In 2020, the unit was 30th in points scored but the season before, it ranked a respectable 21st and 19th in passing touchdowns with 24.

In 2019, Chark had eight receiving touchdowns but the team didn’t have as many weapons on offense as they do ahead of training camp. Paradoxically, he will have more opportunities to score now that Jacksonville has more options in the passing game, including rookie running back Travis Etienne.

Laviska Shenault should also score a couple more touchdowns in 2021 while Marvin Jones will have seven or eight. Lawrence should make everybody around him better but nobody will benefit the most from having stability at the quarterback position than Chark. He won’t get to the ten-touchdown mark but he will still have the best season of his NFL career. Speaking of having a good year…