Jaguars need these 3 veterans to break out in 2021

Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /
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1. DJ Chark, wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars

Wide receiver DJ Chark already had a Pro Bowl season in 2019. That year, the LSU product hauled in 73 yards for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. However, his production went down last year, catching 53 passes for 706 yards and five touchdowns. He still averaged 13.3 yards per reception but just like every other receiver on the Jaguars’ roster, he was affected by the team’s inconsistency at quarterback. You could even make the case the lack of a competent signal-caller affected the whole team, but that’s a different topic.

Things will be different this year though. Jacksonville now has a quarterback in Trevor Lawerence. Although it’s uncertain how what Lawrence’s ceiling is, he’s an instant improvement over Gardner Minshew II and any other signal-caller that took a snap under center for the Jags last year.

Even though the Jaguars added Marvin Jones Jr. this offseason, Chark will be the team’s number one receiver and the player that benefits the most from Lawrence’s arrival. Even without much help, the 2018 second-round selection managed to make plays last season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him cross the 1,000-yard mark once again and score nine or ten touchdowns, which would be a career-high.

Jones and sophomore Laviska Shenault will be an important part of the Jaguars’ passing game in 2021 but Chark needs to take the lead and play at a Pro Bowl level. Besides helping the team, his odds of getting a new contract would increase considerably.

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