D. J. Chark
Chark at the 2020 Pro Bowl
No. 17 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-23) September 23, 1996 (age 25)
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 highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2021
Receptions:147
Receiving yards:2,042
Receiving touchdowns:15
Return yards:178
Rushing yards:20
Player stats at NFL.com

Darrell Demont "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

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

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]

Statistics

Year Team G Receiving Rushing Punt returning
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD
2014 LSU 6 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2015 LSU 5 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 86 43.0 79 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
2016 LSU 12 26 466 17.9 80 3 12 122 10.2 53 2 0 0 0.0 0 0
2017 LSU 12 40 874 21.9 68 3 12 63 5.3 20 1 18 190 10.6 75 2
Career Totals 35 66 1,340 20.3 80 6 26 271 10.4 79 4 18 190 10.6 75 2

[9]

Professional career

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 a touchdown 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
video icon Senior Bowl: D.J. Chark catches 75-yard TD
video icon Senior Bowl: D.J. Chark catches 63-yard TD
video icon 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
video icon D.J. Chark's NFL Scouting Combine
video icon D.J. Chark runs 4.34 in the 40-yard dash
video icon D.J. Chark records 10'9" broad jump
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+78 in
(1.90 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][20][21]

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Chark in the second round with the 61st overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Chark was the eighth wide receiver drafted in 2018.[22]

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

2018 season

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.[23] 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.[24]

Chark finished his rookie year with 14 receptions for 174 receiving yards.[25]

2019 season

During Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Chark caught four passes for 146 yards and a touchdown as the Jaguars lost 40–26.[26] In Week 2 against the Houston Texans, Chark caught seven passes for 55 yards and one touchdown as the Jaguars lost 13–12.[27] In Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans, Chark caught four passes for 76 yards and his third receiving touchdown of the season in the 20–7 win.[28] In Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers, Chark caught eight passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the 34–27 loss.[29] In Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts, Chark caught eight passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the 33–13 loss.[30] Overall, Chark finished the 2019 season with 73 receptions for 1,008 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns.[31]

2020 season

In Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Chark caught eight passes for 95 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns during the 33–25 loss.[32] In Week 9 against the Houston Texans, Chark had seven receptions for 146 receiving yards, including a 73 yard receiving touchdown, in the 27–25 loss.[33]

2021 season

On August 8, it was revealed that Chark had surgery to repair a broken finger. The injury was not as serious as Chark was expected to be ready by the start of the season.[34]

Regular season

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Receiving Rushing
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD
2018 JAX 11 0 14 174 12.4 38 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 JAX 15 14 73 1,008 13.8 69 8 2 20 10.0 20 0
2020 JAX 13 13 53 706 13.3 73 5 0 0 0 0 0
Career 32 20 140 1,888 13.5 73 13 2 20 10.0 20 0

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