No. 3 former Jaguars player who will be missed – DJ Chark, WR.
Wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. was dealt a bad hand throughout his tenure with the Jaguars. A second-round pick in the 2018 draft, the former LSU Tiger made the Pro Bowl in just his second season, hauling in 73 receptions for 1,003 yards with eight interceptions.
However, the team’s inconsistency at quarterback hurt Chark’s production in 2020, catching just 53 receptions for 703 yards and five touchdowns. He still averaged more than 13 yards per reception but he was one of many Jaguars players that underperformed in a season in which they went 1-15.
Chark was a candidate to bounce back in 2021 and make the second Pro Bowl of his NFL career. The arrival of Urban Meyer was supposed to help the Jaguars get on the right track but had the opposite effect instead. Early in the season, the Jags’ offense was somewhat competent, and the wide receiver was a deep threat, averaging 22 yards per reception. However, it all came to an end against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4, when he sustained an ankle fracture that forced him to miss the rest of the year.
It’s fair to wonder what Chark could have accomplished in 2021 if there had been a competent coach in place and he hadn’t gotten hurt. However, dwelling in the past is like window shopping, it’s entertaining but it doesn’t take you anywhere. Chark isn’t looking back and will now be suiting up for the Detroit Lions, having signed a one-year deal that will allow him to show he can be the playmaker he was for the Jags back in 2019.