No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars player with a new team: DJ Chark, WR (Panthers)
The Jags went 6-10 in 2019 but there were several individual performances that got the spotlight. The main one might've been Gardner Minshew, who took the league by storm in his rookie campaign. The pass rush duo of Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue also showed they were still a dominant pass rush duo while a then-rookie Josh Allen had 10.5 sacks and even made the Pro Bowl. Another Jaguar who also had a fruitful year but has been somewhat forgotten is wide receiver D.J. Chark.
In 2019, Chark crossed the 1,000-yard mark and made the Pro Bowl. He would be the last Jaguars' offensive player to get the nod before Trevor Lawrence and Jamal Agnew were selected as alternates in 2022. Going back to Chark, he seemed poised to become a staple of the offense but injuries have derailed what once was a promising career.
One year after making the Pro Bowl, Chark missed time with injuries. Yet, he still managed to haul in a respectable 53 catches for 706 yards with five touchdowns. The former LSU Tiger was expected to come back under Urban Meyer the following year but instead fractured his foot in Week 4.
Once the 2021 season ended, the Jaguars, now under head coach Doug Pederson, let Chark walk in free agency. He went on to sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions and once again was held back by injuries. He hit the open market once again in 2023 and joined the Carolina Panthers.
Although he's been mostly healthy, he's not been much of a factor for the 1-8 Panthers, catching 17 receptions for 229 yards with three touchdowns. Looking back, it's fair to wonder whether Chark would've remained in Jacksonville if he had caught a couple of breaks. From the Jaguars' perspective, moving on from him was the right move. They signed Christian Kirk and Zay Jones last year and both have gone on to become integral pieces of the offense.