Wide receiver Justin Blackmon was suspended for three-quarters of the 2013 regular season, and it appears the Jaguars are ready for the potential of being without him for all of 2014.
Jaguars G.M. David Caldwell said Friday that having Blackmon on the roster for 2014 was “not something we’re counting on,” according to Mark Long of The Associated Press and other reporters present.
Caldwell also indicated he would be “relatively surprised” if Blackmon were available this season, per John Oehser of Jaguars.com and other media.
The No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Blackmon has hauled in 93 passes for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns in 20 NFL regular season games. He showed considerable promise in his four games a season ago, racking up 415 receiving yards. However, he was suspended indefinitely in November for violating the substance-abuse policy.
Blackmon will have to apply to NFL reinstatement. Should he eventually return to Jacksonville, he would bolster a Jaguars receiving corps with another capable playmaking pass catcher in Cecil Shorts III. However, the Jaguars are ready to make other plans, it seems.