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Justin Blackmon on Rookie Symposium: I’m trying to take it all in

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As you can tell from speakers like Adam “Pacman” Jones, Terrell Owens and Michael Vick, one of the NFL’s goals for the Rookie Symposium is to keep players from making bad choices that wind up compromising their ability to be on the field.

Based on behavior since the draft, there isn’t a rookie who needs to hear those speeches more than Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Blackmon’s arrest for driving under the influence earlier this month got his NFL career off on the wrong foot and raised a red flag that Jacksonville surely did not want to see after trading up to select Blackmon with the fifth overall pick.

Solomon Wilcots of the NFL Network caught up with Blackmon at the symposium on Thursday and asked him about his experiences at the event.

“It just opens it up a lot,” Blackmon said. “There’s a lot of good information here. I try to open up and take it all in.”

Blackmon also told Wilcots that he’s gotten a lot of support from his coaches with the Jaguars, which isn’t much of a surprise. Jacksonville has put a lot of their eggs in Blackmon’s basket when it comes to improving the team’s passing attack, so they are going to do everything in their power to make him a success. If their efforts pan out, Blackmon should be able to avoid a speaking engagement at future Rookie Symposiums.

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8 Responses to “Justin Blackmon on Rookie Symposium: I’m trying to take it all in”
  1. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 28, 2012 6:46 PM

    Justin Blackmon at the local watering hole: I’m trying to take it all in.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 28, 2012 6:53 PM

    “There’s a lot of good booze here. I just try to open up and take it all in.”.

  3. toolfan74 says: Jun 28, 2012 7:02 PM

    I’m sure there is some moron out there right now trying to conjur up some stupid story about how Justin Blackmon getting a DUI means the jags are relocating to the armpit of southern California, LA.

  4. tfbuckfutter says: Jun 28, 2012 8:55 PM

    Just pretend the information is a bottle of Patron.

    Then you’ll have no problem taking it all in.

  5. duanethomas says: Jun 28, 2012 9:01 PM

    @toolfan74. The empty seats, the tarps covering half the stadium and a general lack of fan support means the Jags will be relocating to L.A. Your owner is a freak with that “stache” and will fit in well with the rest of the weirdos in LaLa land.

  6. orthodoxdj says: Jun 28, 2012 9:22 PM

    Not the brightest guy.

  7. jaxuar says: Jun 28, 2012 10:54 PM

    We have Justin Freakin Blackmon!!!

  8. rushbacker says: Jun 29, 2012 2:22 AM

    Based on behavior since the draft, there isn’t a rookie who needs to hear those speeches more than Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
    __________

    Exactly. Second-year player Nick Fairley is the only guy who needs to hear it more than Blackmon.

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