The New Orleans Saints passing game has definitely been lacking these past few weeks. This is due in large part to the team missing star wide receiver, Michael Thomas. It’s raised the question are the Saints too dependent on Michael Thomas. Most fans would agree that the answer is yes.
It’s time for the Saints to get Thomas a star-wide receiver to line up next to him. This is where star Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark comes into play.
Now, before we dive in further, it’s worth mentioning that Chark was injured during Thursday night’s game in Cincinnati. We’re unsure of his status yet moving forward but if he’s healthy, this team should target him.
Why it makes sense for Saints to trade for D.J. Chark
The Urban Meyer experiment for the Jacksonville Jaguars has been a hot mess. The team hasn’t looked very good in any facet of the game and has been bad, dysfunctional, and a disappointment.
The thought going into the season was that number one overall pick Trevor Lawrence and Meyer would turn this team around. However, with Lawrence looking very raw and with Meyer drawing heavy criticism, it’s likely that the rebuild will last even longer in Jacksonville.
Chark has seemed to struggle in the new offense Meyer has planned with his catch rate down to an abysmal 31.8%. The new offense Meyer has planned seems to favor newly signed wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., who was the most targets and yards on the team.
While Chark has struggled this year, it’s not like he’s been put in a position to succeed. Lawrence has been having accuracy problems all year, and Meyer looks to be one of the worst coaches in the league.
Chark has the tools to turn it around, and pairing him with Jameis Winston just seems to be a match made in heaven. Chark, a bonified deep threat, would be perfect with the strong arm of Winston. The number of plays that Sean Payton could draw up for Chark could get him back to his Pro Bowl-caliber self would be infinite.
This would also be a perfect pairing for Thomas when he is ready to come back.
As for what New Orleans would have to surrender in order to land Chark, a third-round pick is definitely the starting point, especially with the Jags receiver hitting free agency at the end of the season. With Chark being a free agent at season’s end, Meyer might even give Chark up for less so that the team gets something in exchange for trading him.
Again, Chark was injured on Thursday and we’re not sure if he’ll be playing another snap this season. If he is able to return, however, New Orleans needs to make it a point to target him.
The Jaguars are clearly a team that is selling as they traded former first-round pick C.J. Henderson to the Carolina Panthers.
With the New Orleans Saints needing a receiver and ready to compete, the team should absolutely call in on Chark.