Jaguars OTAs: Trevor Lawrence coming along nicely and other takeaways

Urban Meyer, head of the Jacksonville Jaguars(Imagn Images photo pool)
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D.J. Chark #17 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

Meyer has been very blunt with Jacksonville Jaguars players but he cares.

So far, Urban Meyer has been very straightforward about his approach. Most of the time, you will hear college and NFL head coaches speak in clichés. You will often hear comments such as ‘Let’s take it one day at the time’, and ‘he’s progressing but he’s not where he needs to be’. However, Meyer had an honest assessment of wide receiver DJ Chark and other Jaguars players.

The Jags head coach noted that the 2018 second-round pick didn’t play well last season. Surprisingly, he didn’t try to stuff some positive praise about Chark’s performance in 2020. He went on to say that he didn’t like his size nor his strength. Meyer expanded on that and mentioned that his weight was ‘way below-average, way below what we expect from our receivers’.

Meyer then said that he liked that Chark addressed it, ‘he’s a big guy that played little last year. He’s got to play big and strong’. Although the LSU product has room for improvement, his performance also suffered in 2020 because of the instability at quarterback. With Lawrence throwing passes, the wide receiver should once again have a 1,000-yard season and earn his second Pro Bowl designation.

Chark is one of the Jaguars’ best offensive players and it’s refreshing to see Meyer push them hard in order to untap their potential. He’s entering a contract year, so he has a pretty good incentive to play like a top receiver.