Jaguars again signal they don’t anticipate Justin Blackmon in 2014

AP

The Jaguars took a pair of wide receivers in Round Two on Friday night, selecting USC’s Marqise Lee at No. 39 and trading back into the back half of the round to draft Penn State’s Allen Robinson at No. 61.

This was the earliest the Jaguars had drafted a receiver since 2012, when they took Justin Blackmon with the No. 5 overall pick. However, Blackmon’s NFL career is on hold as he serves an indefinite suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

The Jaguars, meanwhile, have had to go about the business of building a capable receiving corps. According to G.M. David Caldwell, the club had Lee and Robinson rated rated “neck and neck” and didn’t anticipate having a shot at both. But when Robinson was still on the board later in the round, the Jaguars packaged third- and fifth-round choices for the 49ers’ second-round selection to add their second receiver in 22 picks.

Asked about Blackmon on Friday night, Caldwell again indicated the former Oklahoma State star was not expected to be on the club in 2014, saying the team had “moved on for this year.”

Coach Gus Bradley also sounded less than optimistic on Blackmon’s availability.

“Well, we haven’t heard much, and it doesn’t sound like it’s going in the right direction,” Bradley said of Blackmon, who must apply to be reinstated to the NFL.

Were Blackmon reinstated, the Jaguars would have to decide whether to add him to the roster — a roster that’s quite a bit deeper now at receiver out of necessity.

17 responses to “Jaguars again signal they don’t anticipate Justin Blackmon in 2014

  1. If Blackmon were to get reinstated there’s no chance they just release him. Not as one of the top talents on a rookie contract.

  2. He will be traded as soon as he is reinstated. If not released. A shame these kids are wasting a God given talent that others would only dream of just because of stupidity !

  3. Based on what they’re saying, it doesn’t even sound like Blackmon is interested in being reinstated. Reminds me of Odell Thurman. What a colossal waste of talent.

  4. Rookie QB and 2 starting rookie WR’s. This is not the recipe for an explosive 1st year offense. However, they have certainly put down a solid foundation for years to come.

  5. Hopefully he gets it together and doesn’t waste his talent. Whatever he did though can’t be as bad as killing dogs, knocking out your fiancé or killing a person with a vehicle so I say let the man play if you are going to let these real losers do so

  6. Blackmon and Josh Gordon probably both gone for a year. What a pair of idiots, obviously no brain at all.

  7. These red flags on Blackmon were well known and the Jags spent a top 5 pick on him anyway. They deserve what they got with him. But they have pit together a real solid draft so far this year.

  8. “bassplucker says: May 10, 2014 9:48 AM

    These red flags on Blackmon were well known and the Jags spent a top 5 pick on him anyway. They deserve what they got with him. But they have pit together a real solid draft so far this year.”

    The GM that drafted him was fired last year.

    He already got what he deserved.

  9. The Jags were smart when drafting Blackmon’s contract – they hold all the cards and don’t have to pay Justin a single dime unless the want to. Hopefully that dumbass can get his act together, because he’s got a ton if talent.

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