Jaguars: 3 Realistic free-agent options to replace DJ Chark in 2022

D.J. Chark #17 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
D.J. Chark #17 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars are 1-6 after losing to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8. In the midst of another lost season, the Jags’ front office is assessing the roster and weighing in on who’s going to be on the team in 2022.

One of the players on the outside looking in could be wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. Having suffered a season-ending injury in 2021, there is a chance the former LSU Tiger is not on the roster next season. If this scenario plays out next offseason, these players could help replace him.

3 Free Agent Wide Receiver Options For the Jaguars in 2022

1. Michael Gallup

Although he has only played one game so far in 2021, Michael Gallup has displayed WR1 capabilities throughout his career. Last season, he hauled in 59 receptions for 843 yards and five touchdowns in a loaded Dallas Cowboys offense where he was often the third option.

In 2019 however, Gallup posted 66 catches for 1,107 yards and six touchdowns. He would likely offer a similar skillset to Marvin Jones in Jacksonville, as he profiles as a big-bodied wideout with sure hands.

2. Tyrell Williams

Similar to Gallup, Tyrell Williams has only played in one game in 2021. However, he has shown the ability to be a very similar player to Chark. Since his days with the Chargers, the Western Oregon product has been a big-bodied deep threat.

Williams’ lone 1,000-yard season is far behind him at this point, but he can still offer big playability. Having said that, injuries have unfortunately taken hold of his career. If the Jaguars elect to go this route, it would offer a much cheaper alternative and a potentially big payoff.

3. Courtland Sutton

A wide receiver with truly game-breaking measurables, Courtland Sutton only has questions to answer about his health. After a 2020 season where he tore his ACL, he currently has 579 yards in 2021.

Back in 2019, Sutton logged 72 receptions for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns, all career highs. That year, he flashed the potential to be a dominant wide receiver in the NFL and is currently doing the same. If the Broncos decide that the injuries are just too much to stomach, the Jaguars should look long and hard at the 2018 second-round pick as a viable long-term option.

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