The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a wide receiver problem for many, many years. Granted, they’ve also had a quarterback problem — Blake Bortles, Chad Henne, and Blaine Gabbert being your quarterback for the past decade hinders things — but the receiver position in Jacksonville has been a wasteland.
Case in point: since 2005, this team has had only two 1,000-yard receivers — Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns — and neither are still with the team.
But this year alone, with a sixth round rookie throwing them passes, the Jaguars have two players on track to break the 1,000-yard barrier. Chris Conley is one and he’s looking like a very solid free agent addition averaging 17.0 yards per catch and hauling in 83.3% of the passes thrown his way.
DJ Chark is the other.
Whereas Conley is the dependable pass catcher running routes to the sideline or just past the first down marker, Chark is a deep threat — running go routes to the end zone or crossing patterns 20 yards downfield with the speed to rack up yards after the catch.
He’s also doing it at an extremely young age. At 22 years old, Chark is the youngest player in franchise history to post at least 200 receiving yards through Week 2 of the season. Through two games, Chark is averaging over 100 yards and one touchdown per week with an average of 18.3 yards per reception.
Here’s that 35 yard bomb from Nick Foles ➡️ @DJChark82.#Jaguars down 10-7 to #Chiefs. pic.twitter.com/jH6FZASoL8— Big Minshew Country (@BigCatCountry) September 8, 2019
This 69-yard pass from @GardnerMinshew5 ➡️ @DJChark82 is so, so #nice. pic.twitter.com/onQLevwB6e— Big Minshew Country (@BigCatCountry) September 8, 2019
GARDNER MINSHEW IS THE CHOSEN ONE @GardnerMinshew5 pic.twitter.com/sUy3ZVg5xS— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 15, 2019
“I think it’s consistency,” Marrone said after the loss to the Texans yesterday. “He’s a guy that can go in there and make plays and someone that is going to keep getting better and better. Better he becomes, it’s going to open up things for everybody else. He’s a key player in what we’re trying to get done and he’s worked extremely hard.”
Let’s hope the offensive game plan continues to feature Chark, because he’s a young, emerging talent.