DJ Chark
WR DET (6)
Mon 8/8/22 12:56 PM

Chark caught four passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's team scrimmage, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
Playing against a mix of first- and second-team cornerbacks, Chark reportedly looked like the vertical threat that Detroit lacked last year. While he may lose opportunities to Jameson Williams (knee) by season's end, vertical targets in the Lions' new offense should be concentrated on him in the short term. Considering the 6-foot-4 wideout also has a solid chance of leading his team in red-zone targets, Chark could surprise as a fantasy asset during his $10 million "prove it" year.

DJ Chark
WR DET (6)
Thu 7/28/22 7:06 PM

Chark has lined up across the formation during the installation of Detroit's new offense under first-year offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Chark largely stayed on the perimeter of the field during his time in Jacksonville, but it sounds like the Lions could be looking to get him the ball in other ways. However, with so many mouths to feed in the short-area passing game between Amon-Ra St. Brown, D'Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson, it is fair to wonder how many more could be left over for someone else. Meanwhile, none of those other guys come close to having both of Chark's 6-foot-4 size and sub-4.4 speed, so the Lions don't really have a better option than Chark on the outside -- at least until Jameson Williams (knee) returns. In the end, most of Chark's production should be expected to come from his typical X-receiver alignment, though it is nice to know that there could be upside for more.

DJ Chark
WR DET (6)
Thu 5/12/22 2:18 PM

Chark said he has taken part in early offseason workouts with no real physical limitations, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "[The coaching staff] is always there to let me know like, if it's bothering me I don't have to push it as hard or things like that, cause they want me to be where I'm at my peak when the season starts. But no, I do everything that everybody else does," Chark recently said.
EDGE Analysis
Chark missed most of the 2021 campaign with a fractured ankle, but he has seemingly had a productive offseason that somewhat started with joining Jared Goff for throwing sessions in California. Since then, the receiver has been getting acclimated in Detroit and has remained setback-free while doing so. If the 25-year-old can stay that way through the end of the summer, Chark should easily open the season as the Lions' No. 1 perimeter receiver while Jameson Williams (knee) works his way back from an ACL injury.

DJ Chark
WR DET (6)
Fri 4/22/22 8:35 AM

Chark recently joined Jared Goff for a throwing session in California, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
Chark missed most of last season after fracturing his ankle in Week 4. While it's not perfectly clear where he stands in his recovery, head coach Dan Campbell said the Lions expect nearly perfect attendance for the start of offseason workouts, and Chark's ability to catch passes from Goff in recent weeks demonstrates that the wideout is not starting the offseason on the sidelines.

DJ Chark
WR DET (6)
Tue 3/15/22 8:46 AM

Chark (ankle) is signing a one-year, $10 million contract with the Lions, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
EDGE Analysis
Coming back from a season-ending ankle fracture suffered in Week 4 of 2021, the 25-year-old wideout reportedly will receive $10 million guaranteed with another $2 million available via incentives. Chark should be ready for training camp, or perhaps even the offseason program, at which point he'll profile as the top downfield threat for Lions QB Jared Goff. The team also has Amon-Ra St. Brown coming off a big rookie year where he did most of his damage in the slot, while perimeter receiver Josh Reynolds recently signed a two-year extension. Chark, a 2018 second-round pick, caught 147 passes for 2,042 yards and 15 TDs over his four years in Jacksonville, with about half that production coming in his second season (73-1,008-8 receiving line in 2019). He'll turn 26 in September and shouldn't have too much trouble earning snaps and targets in Detroit.

DJ Chark
WR DET (6)
Mon 2/28/22 6:04 PM

Chark, who suffered a season-ending fractured ankle in Week 4 of the 2021 season, continues to rehab from the injury as free agency approaches, John Reid Florida Times-Union reports.
EDGE Analysis
Chark, who was limited to just seven catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in four games this past season, is poised to become an unrestricted free agent, and Reid suggests that the 2018 second-rounder potentially could ink a short-term contract extension with the Jaguars. That said, it's also plausible that the 25-year-old wideout could field more lucrative offers from other teams if he hits the open market. Either way, once Chark re-proves his health, the 6-foot-4, 198-pounder -- who logged a 73-1,008-8 stat line in 15 contests back in 2019 -- profiles as a fantasy bounce-back candidate in 2022.

DJ Chark
WR DET (6)
Mon 10/25/21 10:44 AM

Coach Urban Meyer confirmed Monday that Chark (ankle) is out for the season, John Shipley of SI.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Meyer took his time confirming the length of Chark's recovery timetable, as the wideout was placed on IR due to a fractured left ankle back on Oct. 4, but the season-ending nature of his injury can now be considered official. As Meyer noted Monday, Jamal Agnew has impressed over the last two weeks after stepping into a larger role on offense, but Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault remain the clear top two wideouts on Jacksonville's depth chart.

DJ Chark
WR DET (6)
Mon 10/4/21 2:52 PM

Chark (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday.
EDGE Analysis
Chark's placement on IR was expected because the receiver is expected to miss the remainder of the 2021 campaign due to a fractured left ankle that he sustained in Thursday's loss to the Bengals. Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault will serve as the Jaguars' top receivers going forward, while Tavon Austin, Tyron Johnson and Jamal Agnew are likely to compete for additional work.

DJ Chark
WR DET (6)
Mon 10/4/21 11:19 AM

Chark (ankle) will be placed on IR on Monday, John Shipley of SI.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Players on IR technically are eligible to return after missing as few as three games, but the fractured left ankle Chark suffered during last Thursday's loss to the Bengals is expected to sideline him for the rest of the 2021 season. Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault will operate as Jacksonville's clear top wideouts going forward, while Tavon Austin, Jamal Agnew and Tyron Johnson are all candidates to see increased targets.

DJ Chark
WR DET (6)
Fri 10/1/21 9:44 AM

Chark, who is expected to miss the rest of the season after sustaining a fractured left ankle during Thursday's loss to the Bengals, is likely to require surgery to repair the injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
The 25-year-old was carted off the field after suffering the injury Thursday, and it's not a major surprise to find out his 2021 campaign is likely over. Chark should be moved to injured reserve in the near future, and the team should update his status shortly as he continues to be evaluated. The 2018 second-round pick is in the final year of his rookie contract and now is set to enter free agency coming off a broken ankle while totaling seven catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season.