D. J. Chark

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D. J. Chark
No. 17 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-23) September 23, 1996 (age 23)
Alexandria, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Alexandria
(Alexandria, Louisiana)
College:LSU
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 61
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2019
Receptions:65
Receiving yards:970
Receiving touchdowns:8
Player stats at NFL.com

Darrell "D. J." Chark Jr. (born September 23, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU.

Early years[edit]

Chark was born to Shirley and Darrell Chark on September 23, 1996. He played for a youth league as a running back in his hometown. He attended Alexandria Senior High School in Alexandria, Louisiana, where played high school football and ran track.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Chark had offers from schools such as Memphis, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, among others. He chose to commit to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football.[3] Chark played at LSU from 2014 to 2017 under head coaches Les Miles and Ed Orgeron.[4] After not recording a reception his first two years, he had 26 for 466 yards and three touchdowns as a junior in 2016.[5][6] As a senior in 2017, he had 40 receptions for 874 yards and three touchdowns.[7] Known for his straight-ahead speed, Chark earned the nickname "The Flash" during his time at LSU. He wore number 7 at LSU.[8]

Receiving statistics[edit]

Year Team G Rec Yds Avg YPG Lg TD
2014 LSU (FBS) 6 0 0 0.00 0.0 0 0
2015 LSU (FBS) 5 0 0 0.00 0.0 0 0
2016 LSU (FBS) 12 26 466 17.92 38.8 80t 3
2017 LSU (FBS) 12 40 874 21.85 72.8 68t 3
Career Totals 35 66 1,340 20.30 38.3 80t 6

Punt return statistics[edit]

Year Team G Num Yds Avg FC Lg TD
2014 LSU (FBS) 6 0 0 0.00 0 0 0
2015 LSU (FBS) 5 0 0 0.00 0 0 0
2016 LSU (FBS) 12 0 0 0.00 0 0 0
2017 LSU (FBS) 12 18 190 10.56 21 75t 2
Career Totals 35 18 190 10.56 21 75t 2

Rushing statistics[edit]

Year Team G Att Gain Loss Yds Avg YPG Lg TD
2014 LSU (FBS) 6 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.0 0 0
2015 LSU (FBS) 5 2 86 0 86 43.00 17.2 79t 1
2016 LSU (FBS) 12 12 144 22 122 10.17 10.2 35 2
2017 LSU (FBS) 12 12 68 5 63 5.25 5.2 20t 1
Career Totals 35 26 298 27 271 10.42 7.7 79t 4

[9]

Professional career[edit]

On December 18, 2017, it was announced that Chark had accepted his invitation to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.[10] On January 27, 2018, Chark played in the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl and made two tackles and caught five passes for 160 receiving yards and two touchdowns as part of Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien's South team that defeated the North 45–16. He led both teams in receiving yards and earned the Senior Bowl's co-MVP award.[11] Chark's Senior Bowl performance immediately garnered him recognition as a top wide receiver prospect in the upcoming draft and he was widely praised among analysts, including Charles Davis and James Jones.[12]

External video
Senior Bowl: D.J. Chark catches 75-yard TD
Senior Bowl: D.J. Chark catches 63-yard TD
Top 5 D.J. Chark Reese's Senior Bowl plays

He attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and completed all of the combine and positional drills. His draft stock continued to rise after he tied for fourth among all players in the 40-yard dash, tied for ninth in the vertical jump, and tied for 13th in the broad jump.[13] Chark also attended a private workout for the Dallas Cowboys and pre-draft visits with the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos.[14][15] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Chark was projected to be a second round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the fifth best wide receiver prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com, was ranked the sixth best wide receiver by Scouts Inc., and was ranked tenth best wide receiver by Sports Illustrated.[16][17][18]

External video
D.J. Chark's NFL Scouting Combine
D.J. Chark runs 4.34 in the 40-yard dash
D.J. Chark records 10'9" broad jump
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
199 lb
(90 kg)
32 38 in
(0.82 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.34 s 1.51 s 2.54 s 40 in
(1.02 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine/LSU's Pro Day[19]

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Chark in the second round (61st overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Chark was the eighth wide receiver drafted in 2018.[20]

External video
Jaguars draft D.J. Chark 61st overall
Instant Draft Grade: D.J. Chark

2018 season: Rookie year[edit]

On May 25, 2018, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Chark to a four-year, $4.44 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $1.31 million.[21] In the Jaguars' Week 2 victory over the New England Patriots, Chark recorded his first professional reception, which went for 13 yards. However, he did lose the ball on a fumble on the same play.[22]

Chark finished his rookie year with 14 receptions for 174 receiving yards.[23]

2019 season[edit]

During Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Chark caught 4 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown as the Jaguars lost 40–26.[24] In Week 2 against the Houston Texans, Chark caught 7 passes for 55 yards and 1 touchdown as the Jaguars lost 13–12. [25] In week 3 against the Tennessee Titans, Chark caught 4 passes for 76 yards and his third receiving touchdown of the season in the 20–7 win. [26] In week 5 against the Carolina Panthers, Chark caught 8 passes for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 34–27 loss. [27] In week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts, Chark caught 8 passes for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 33–13 loss. [28]

Regular season[edit]

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2018 JAX 11 0 14 174 12.4 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 JAX 8 8 39 660 16.9 69 6 2 20 10.0 0 0 0 0
Career 19 8 53 834 15.7 69 6 6 20 10.0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khan Jr., Sam. "LSU lands commit No. 10 in WR Chark". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Dellenger, Ross. "DJ Chark's story: Top LSU receiver 'saved' dad, cared for ailing sister, came 'very close' to leaving team". The Advocate. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Smith, James. "LSU's proximity to home was key to landing 2014 receiver D.J. Chark". NOLA.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "D.J. Chark College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Guilbeau, Glenn. "The last year for LSU WR D.J. Chark of Alexandria has been one". The Advertiser. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Dellenger, Ross. "Flashy Smooth: Former LSU WR DJ Chark shows 'Day 2' talent on first day of Senior Bowl practice". The Advocate. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  7. ^ Dabe, Christopher. "D.J. Chark's 'straight-line speed' draws former LSU receiver to Senior Bowl". NOLA.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  8. ^ Press, Associated. "Jaguars draft big, speedy LSU receiver DJ Chark in 2nd round". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars, Wide Receiver". 247Sports. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Dellinger, Ross (December 18, 2017). "LSU WR DJ Chark accepts invite to Senior Bowl, 2 other Tigers heading to NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". theadvocate.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "LSU WR DJ Chark dominates in Senior Bowl, named game's co-MVP". SEC Country. Archived from the original on August 28, 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  12. ^ Cooper, Jon. "Former LSU WR DJ Chark impresses NFL analyst during Senior Bowl". saturdaydownsouth.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "2018 NFL Scouting Combine: Top Performers". NFL.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "Report: Broncos are having a pre-draft visit/workout with LSU wide receiver, D.J. Chark". milehighreport.com. April 12, 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  15. ^ Ratty, Ryan (April 12, 2018). "Report: Cowboys hold private workout with LSU WR D.J. Chark". bloggingtheboys.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  16. ^ "D.J. Chark, DS #5 WR, LSU". Draft Scout. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  17. ^ "NFL Draft D.J. Chark -ESPN". espn.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  18. ^ "The 2018 NFL Draft Big Board, Vol. 2". si.com. March 7, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  19. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: D.J. Chark". National Football League. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  20. ^ "2018 NFL Draft results: Jaguars pick DJ Chark". BigCatCountry.com. April 27, 2018. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "Spotrac.com: D.J. Chark contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  22. ^ "Jaguars' D.J. Chark: Loses fumble on first career catch". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  23. ^ "DJ Chark 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  24. ^ "Chiefs lose Hill, handle Jags 40-26 behind Mahomes, Watkins". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 8, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  25. ^ "Texans stop Jags' 2-point conversion to get 13-12 win". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 15, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  26. ^ "Minshew, defense shine as Jaguars thump Titans 20-7". www.espn.com. September 19, 2019. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  27. ^ "McCaffrey scores 3 TDs, Panthers hold off Jaguars 34-27". www.espn.com. October 6, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  28. ^ "Colts overpower Jaguars with strong ground game in 33-13 win". www.espn.com. November 17, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.

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