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Jaguars not planning for Justin Blackmon being available this season

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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.

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29 Responses to “Jaguars not planning for Justin Blackmon being available this season”
  1. doe22us says: May 2, 2014 1:40 PM

    The fact that he is saying that he doesnt expect him to be there, lends me to believe the guy is still token up. Wow, that will be a waste.

  2. rrhoe says: May 2, 2014 1:46 PM

    What a waste of talent,I really thought this guy could’ve been just a good as A.J. Green,silly me.

  3. chinahand11 says: May 2, 2014 1:52 PM

    If it is something they are “not counting on him” then you can book it JB got caught again. Too bad; another wasted talent.

  4. jcmeyer10 says: May 2, 2014 1:54 PM

    C’mon man. I know you think 6 million dollars will buy a lot of green but think about what 40 million dollars will get you!

  5. wmthomas3 says: May 2, 2014 1:56 PM

    *Sigh* It’s tough to see someone waste an opportunity like this.

  6. chunkderrrty says: May 2, 2014 2:00 PM

    Who would of thought dez Bryant would be a more of a model citizen than this guy.

  7. thewiseowloftruth says: May 2, 2014 2:02 PM

    So disappointed on draft night when Jags traded one spot ahead of the Rams to draft him. In hindsight, glad it worked out that way.

  8. 80sbroncofan says: May 2, 2014 2:03 PM

    Funny thing is that the Rams were going to select Blackmon until the Jaguars jumped over the Rams to take him. Jaguars saved the Rams a lot of grief by doing that.

  9. brainlesssloth says: May 2, 2014 2:03 PM

    It is too bad that he could not see that 3-4 more years of football woudl have paid for the rest of his life of tokin and doing whatever he wanted…its’ the weed affecting his decision making ability.

  10. thegreatgabbert says: May 2, 2014 2:04 PM

    JustBack.

  11. jayovalentine says: May 2, 2014 2:13 PM

    Cut ties soon as possible.

  12. tobis81 says: May 2, 2014 2:13 PM

    The Hawks should trade a low round pick for his rights… Low risk, high reward. I’ve always liked this guy, especially coming out if college. He looked great last season before his suspension. Needs to stay clean!!!

  13. lks311 says: May 2, 2014 2:18 PM

    Being a team bereft of luck and talent, if ever there was a candidate to trade back it’s the Jags. They could easily drop back 10 spots and get three additional starters. They’re idiots if they stay at #3.

  14. southpaw79 says: May 2, 2014 2:24 PM

    I am sure someone will take him off your hands for cheap.

  15. radioactivechimp says: May 2, 2014 2:25 PM

    Likely a smokescreen to make teams think that they’re taking Sammy Watkins. Why else would you divulge this information right now?

  16. nflofficeadmin says: May 2, 2014 2:29 PM

    get your mind right.

  17. pillowporkers says: May 2, 2014 2:31 PM

    The timing of this screams a smokescreen. Trying to make it look like a team with a pair of good young WRs might take watkins.

  18. johnnyjagfan says: May 2, 2014 2:33 PM

    Smokescreen. By rule, the team can’t talk about reinstatement. If he’s applying for it, the Jags will be waiting. This guy is unreal good.

  19. bennyb82 says: May 2, 2014 2:59 PM

    Tough spot for Jacksonville. If you trade him, you’re not gonna get much. If I’m the GM, I am keeping him. With the amount of football he has missed, there is a chance that he gets it right this time. I’ll take that chance over a 6th round pick.

  20. gnorules says: May 2, 2014 3:25 PM

    Really a shame to see. He has a ton of talent and is a real game changer. But is seems like the only changing he needs to do is to get the substance abuse out of his life. If he could, he’s got millions of dollars that will come his way.

  21. 700levelvet says: May 2, 2014 3:34 PM

    Just another hood rat. I guess it’s society’s fault … What a waste

  22. fdugrad says: May 2, 2014 3:51 PM

    Hard to have sympathy for Jags. He IS as he was advertised, namely a man with severe substance abuse issues. What was the front office THINKING when they drafted him so closely to the top of the draft?

  23. drweedybaked says: May 2, 2014 4:31 PM

    Ricky Williams must have been his idol.

  24. lewiscafarella says: May 2, 2014 4:36 PM

    What a darn shame. Such a waste of amazing talent. He’s really really good. What’s the deal with these guys? And it’s ALWAYS WR’s who seem to get in trouble. Innit?

  25. bornahawker says: May 2, 2014 5:37 PM

    Sammy Watkins

  26. elranchotropicana says: May 2, 2014 10:38 PM

    Hey justin,I’m gonna get you high today,cause you ain’t got no job-an you ain’t got s— to do

  27. jazynaz says: May 3, 2014 1:25 AM

    how can the league suspend him indefinitely? why is the GM not expecting the suspension to be lifted for the entire year?(for drug use?) i haven’t kept up on this so it doesn’t make sense how he can just vanish, and sort of not planned for at all, like he was never there. aren’t players usually reinstated at a predetermined date?

    drug addicts, depending on the persons character, rarely have successful “reentry” without intervention, support, rehab, and many blessings.

  28. fdugrad says: May 3, 2014 1:50 AM

    Did you ever notice, that regardless whether it’s offense or defense, the farther the player is away from the line, the more impulsive he is, the more he yaps and the more trouble he causes through his CONSTANT drive for the spotlight?

  29. jaxcliff says: May 4, 2014 4:37 PM

    This isn’t a smokescreen or even news, the Jaguars have been saying this same thing for about six months now.

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