Laviska Shenault Jr. vs D.J Chark: Who Will Have More Receiving Yards?

Laviska Shenault Jr. is going to have a big year this season.
Laviska Shenault Jr. is going to have a big year this season. / Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville seems to have its quarterback of the future in Trevor Lawrence, which means it needs to find out who will be its WR1 for the future. 

Last season, D.J. Chark Jr. -- who was the breakout star in 2019 -- took a step back. He went from over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns to just over 700 yards and five touchdowns. Chark did miss some games in 2020, but his catch percentage also dropped. 

The Jaguars were able to find a receiver to play alongside Chark in Laviska Shenault Jr. As a rookie from the University of Colorado, Shenault Jr. had 58 catches, 600 yards and five touchdowns. 

Coming into this season, WynnBET believes that Chark will have a better season, with his odds to lead the league in receiving at +10000. However, I’m going to go with Shenault Jr. to have a breakout season and step into the top receiving role. 

First off, Shenault Jr., who is +15000 to lead the league in receiving, is going to have a lot of opportunities for easy catches and the ability to make plays on his own. The Jaguars are expected to use him in a lot of screen passes and let him go to work, which will allow him to get the job done individually. 

Secondly, Shenault Jr. has great hands. He had a catch percentage of 73.4% last season. While that may be inflated because his routes are closer to the line of scrimmage, it should show that his opportunities are going to be easier than Chark’s. 

Chark is not only going to compete with Shenault Jr., but also Marvin Jones Jr. -- who Jacksonville signed in free agency. Now I’m not saying Chark is going to fall to third on the depth chart, but he won’t be the unequivocal WR1 and Shenault Jr. has the potential to do that this year. 

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