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Gus Bradley: Justin Blackmon is in a great frame of mind

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When the Jaguars put up their fourth loss of the season against the Colts on Sunday, it meant that the time had run out on wide receiver Justin Blackmon’s suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Blackmon will be back at practice on Wednesday, the first time he’s been able to work with his teamates since his suspension went into effect, and coach Gus Bradley sounds confident that Blackmon will hit the ground running.

“He’s done tremendous these last four weeks,” Bradley said, via Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times Union. “His body fat has dropped and his weight has gained. He’s in really, really good shape right now. He’s done everything that we’ve asked of him, he went on the trips with us. I could go with a list on some of the things we asked him to do that he’s done, so he’s a in a great frame of mind right now.”

Bradley said that he expects Blackmon to start against the Rams in Week Five if he remains in that great frame of mind. Blackmon’s return won’t fix all that ails the Jaguars right now, but he should boost a receiving corps that’s been thinned by injuries and that has struggled to hang onto passes from Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne.

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16 Responses to “Gus Bradley: Justin Blackmon is in a great frame of mind”
  1. mljohns says: Oct 1, 2013 10:44 AM

    That is the OLDEST looking 23 year-old I’ve ever seen in my life.

  2. serkeljerks says: Oct 1, 2013 10:52 AM

    Great!! Trade him to San Francisco!

  3. regisphilbin says: Oct 1, 2013 10:58 AM

    They must have asked him to switch to Bacardi & diet rather than fireball shots and craft beer.

  4. joetoronto says: Oct 1, 2013 11:21 AM

    And Blaine Gabbert’s a great QB.

  5. fukpittsburgh says: Oct 1, 2013 11:26 AM

    Go out and get this man Ozzie. This kid is going to be a boss.

  6. shackdelrio says: Oct 1, 2013 11:39 AM

    They aren’t trading Blackmon. Sorry folks.

  7. razzzmajazzz says: Oct 1, 2013 12:07 PM

    Great frame of mind? Let’s see how happy he is when he sobers up and remembers that he has to catch passes from Toilet Stain Blaine. Wait, I’m sorry…. have passes overthrown to him from Toilet Stain Blaine.

  8. fumblenuts says: Oct 1, 2013 12:10 PM

    I forgot this dude is still in the NFL….

  9. telke24 says: Oct 1, 2013 12:20 PM

    He looks like Ozzie

  10. CowboyErik says: Oct 1, 2013 12:20 PM

    Can he punt???????

  11. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 1, 2013 12:28 PM

    #1 rookie WR last year in TDs, yards…

  12. thegregwitul says: Oct 1, 2013 12:29 PM

    Call Tampa and ask the Bucs to eat most of Josh Freeman’s contract and if they agree, flip Blackmon to the Bucs for Freeman. Both players need a change of scenery, and at least the Jags are getting back a QB that won’t be suspended for the season if he fails his next drug test.

    Best case: Freeman bounces back and Jacksonville can draft Clowney. The Bucs get a viable third receiving target.

    Worst case: Both players implode.

  13. shackdelrio says: Oct 1, 2013 12:46 PM

    “thegregwitul says:
    Oct 1, 2013 12:29 PM
    Call Tampa and ask the Bucs to eat most of Josh Freeman’s contract and if they agree, flip Blackmon to the Bucs for Freeman.”

    That would be dumb

  14. whoknowsnothing says: Oct 1, 2013 2:45 PM

    Hopefully he grows up and the Jaguars can put a productive offense on the field.
    Blackmon, Shorts, and Drew-Jones looks great on paper, but Jaguars still need a spark out of their QB.

  15. kinggator says: Oct 1, 2013 2:54 PM

    Great frame of mind = Sober!

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 1, 2013 3:01 PM

    At least we won’t have to watch Shorts bobbling passes off his hands into interceptions quite so often. Hopefully. Cecil is nowhere to be seen when games are on the line, then when the Jags are down by four touchdowns and he is playing against backups in prevent defense, he adds a hundred yards of garbage time stats.

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