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How DJ Chark, Jr. Fits Into the Chargers Offense


Chargers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh said it best last month.

"Competitors welcomed."

That's the mindset Harbaugh and Chargers General Manager Joe Hortiz want to permeate throughout the entire Chargers roster.

And when Hortiz said earlier this offseason that he would always be looking to add talent to the Bolts, he backed that up with Monday's signing of wide receiver DJ Chark, Jr.

The Chargers had four wide receivers on their roster entering the draft. They then drafted three wide receivers and added three more undrafted free agents to that room.

The addition of Chark means the Chargers now have 11 wide receivers on the roster.

Let the competition begin.

Chark, a 2018 second-round pick by the Jaguars, is now the most experienced wide receiver on the roster.

He's appeared in 69 career games and has 212 receptions for 3,069 yards and 23 touchdowns.

His best year came in 2019 when he topped the 1,000-yard mark and made his lone Pro Bowl with Jacksonville.

Chark offers plenty of size as he stands at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. But he'll bring a speed element to the offense, too, as he clocked in at 4.34 seconds back at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

And while Chark does have some experience in the slot, the 27-year-old has mostly played on the outside in his career.

His presence gives the Bolts some versatility in their wide receiver room.

Joshua Palmer can line up either outside or inside, and the Bolts are expecting a leap from Quentin Johnston in Year 2.

Ladd McConkey, the Chargers 2024 second-round pick, should offer quickness and elite route running from anywhere on the field.

Add in Derius Davis and the Bolts recent seventh-rounders in Brenden Rice and Cornelius Johnson and the Chargers now appear to have plenty of options in the wide receiver room.

Does that mean Chark ends up on the Chargers 53-man roster?

That remains to be seen.

At this point, expect a fierce battle for roster spots and playing time at the wide receiver position.

That's just the way Harbaugh and Hortiz want it around here.

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