Khan still thinks Blackmon has a future in Jacksonville

AP

Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville’s talented but troubled receiver, missed 12 games last season while serving two different suspensions, and he still hasn’t been reinstated by the NFL. But when Blackmon is eligible to return, the Jaguars will welcome him back.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan said on Friday that he “absolutely” wants Blackmon on his team.

“It’s disappointing what happened to him, but for the young man, we want him to get his life together and be a part of the Jaguars,” Khan said, via the Florida Times-Union.

Blackmon is eligible to be reinstated before the 2014 season begins.

23 responses to “Khan still thinks Blackmon has a future in Jacksonville

  1. Blackmon and Gordon are very similar in that they are young and very talented and troubled players.

    hoping they both get their stuff in order and blossom into the great professionals they can be.

  2. “It’s disappointing what happened to him . . .”

    Am I missing something? What ‘happened to him’ was completely his own doing, therefore it didn’t happen to him, he did it.

  3. There are way too many talented young men who will conduct themselves like professionals to keep making excuses for these guys. I hope he gets his act together, but he obviously doesn’t appreciate the amazing opportunity he has.
    Let someone else live the dream while this clown figures it out.

  4. Have Blackmon watch the Todd Merenovich documentary. It’ll should wake him up to show that you can be a LB NFL star one day and a bum on the street a few week later….life has a fine line. Teach him then have a sit down with Todd. You have to educate as well as rehabilitate.

  5. I remember before the 2012 draft, the talking heads said that there were five elite talents in the draft: Luck, Griffin, Matt Kalil, Blackmon, and Morris Claiborne.

    At the moment, only Luck appears to be playing at a high level (although his passer rating is much less impressive than you might think).

  6. Have Blackmon watch the Todd Merenovich documentary. It’ll should wake him up to show that you can be a LB NFL star one day and a bum on the street a few week later….life has a fine line. Teach him then have a sit down with Todd. You have to educate as well as rehabilitate.

    I “liked” this response but lets get something clear…. Todd isn’t hurting. He’s like 41, surfing and watching babes in bikinis run down the beach all day….while I work in a freaking call center in Phoenix for $16/hour.

  7. Yeah, he has a future in Jacksonville, however, not one anyone would want. He is a completely loose cannon, and anyone who would be foolish enough to risk serious money doing business with him, is asking for the terrible outcome which will surely follow.

  8. @ fdugrad – the Jags have NO risk when it comes to Blackmon. When he got the DUI after he was drafted, the contract he signed is very much in the Jags’ favor, stating suspensions void guaranteed money. His troubles mean that the Jags owe him NO guaranteed money. They could cut him tomorrow & not have to pay him a dime. The Jags GM has stated they will treat him like a luxury. If he’s available, he gets paid & they will use his talent. If he’s not available, they don’t owe him any money at all & they will plan on not having him, so if he’s there it’s gravy.

  9. @gojags: What you say makes a very good point, however, the article uses the word “future” and I was replying in that context, to any business dealings. He is simply too much of a risk to contemplate for any long term plans. To have even a modicum of success professionally or in life, Blackmon is strictly one day at a time regarding future plans, and an extremely high-risk gamble. Uneasy would rest the head of any GM and owner each and every night, hoping the phone does not ring some time after midnight.

  10. In the Jags postseason presser, they said they are going to prepare as if they will not have Blackmon. I expect them to draft a WR in the earlier rounds. They certainly have not given up in Blackmon, but at this point, they can’t depend on having him. If he can come back and get serious, the Jags will welcome him with open arms.

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