Do you know what’s better than receiving presents? Getting them when you aren’t expecting them. Isn’t it great to be on the receiving end of a nice gesture? Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. must have been thrilled when he got a letter from his biggest fan.
Chark recently posted on social media a video of a letter a fan of his sent him. It reads, “Mr. DJ Chark, you are the best player ever. You are my favorite. Get well soon! Your biggest fan, Caleb. This is the kind of things that make your day, right? Think about it, you’re minding your own business, thinking about work, or maybe making a payment, and out of nowhere, you get a reminder that someone looks up to you.
Chark was recently placed on the Injured Reserve list after suffering an ankle fracture in the Jaguars’ Week 4 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s uncertain how much time he will miss but it won’t definitely be a short amount. Otherwise, he would have stayed on the Jaguars’ active roster.
The four-year wide receiver appeared in at least 80 percent of the team’s total snaps on offense in the first three games but was limited to just three due to the injury he sustained. Chark was in a contract year, and playing for a contract extension. While he could still get a new deal, he won’t have as much leverage as he could have if he hadn’t gotten hurt. Here’s Caleb’s letter to him in case you want to look at it.
How will the Jacksonville Jaguars try to replace DJ Chark?
Tavon Austin made an impact right after signing with the Jaguars in the offseason. The eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft made the 53-man roster but was placed on IR not long after. He’s now back with the team and is listed as the starter opposite wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. Also, sophomore Laviska Shenault Jr. had his best game of the 2021 season in Week 4, hauling in six receptions for 99 yards. He will likely see a surge in playing time and targets.
Now, nobody is trying to downplay Chark’s injury and subsequent absence from the team. After all, he is the team’s number one receiver and one of their best skilled-position players. Even though Jones had more receptions than him at the time of his injury, his impact goes beyond the stat sheet. Although the 2019 Pro Bowl nod is in the same echelon as Julio Jones or DeAndre Hopkins, he isn’t someone opposing defenses can take lightly, and will often be doubled in coverage.
Without Chark in the lineup, it will be interesting to see how Jones, Shenault, and Austin will fare. It’s never good to know your best player will be out with injuries but the Jaguars may have just enough wideouts to overcome his absence. The Jags would have had a better chance of pulling an upset against the Tennesse Titans if they had the former LSU Tiger in the lineup but there’s not much they can do but keep pushing and persevering.
Chark said so himself not long ago, “There’s times you get frustrated, but then you just go back to the drawing board and fix it, keep it moving”.