6 receivers with serious speed Steelers must sign in 2022
By Andrew Falce
Steelers could sign Chark
DJ Chark was a complete projection when the Jaguars drafted him in the second round of the 2018 draft. His stats at LSU were mediocre, as the Tigers were focused on running as opposed to passing then. He tested like an absolute freak at the combine though and was seen as a prototypical height-weight-speed player entering the NFL.
To this point, he has been just that, although inconsistencies have marred his ascension as a pro. His sophomore season was a coming-out party for Chark, as he posted over 1000 receiving yards despite the team being one of the more mediocre teams in the league. He followed that up with an inconsistent and injury-riddled third season before only playing in four games this past season.
There are a lot of questions with Chark at this point, as he has only had one good season with the Jaguars. Given his promise though, he will likely want a hefty contract in the 11-14 million dollars a season range. There would be a risk associated with signing him, but he would provide the Steelers with a true deep threat along the outside. The team had a lot of interest in Chark before he was drafted, thus adding him as a free agent makes sense for a team lacking speed.
The Steelers will be looking for two types of receivers this season: a physical slot type and a speedy deep threat. If they look for the latter in free agency, these six pending names make a lot of sense. The team could spend big for a regular starter or go cheap and find a role player. No matter what type of player they target, this offense needs some speed.