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Jaguars don’t expect Justin Blackmon to play again

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Three years ago the Jaguars used the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft on receiver Justin Blackmon. Now the Jaguars think Blackmon’s career is over.

Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said today that Blackmon, who has been suspended by the NFL for the last 21 months because of repeated failed drug tests, appears to have decided that he’s not willing to put in the work to get himself back on the field.

“I have not heard anything and I guess I harbor a little bit of hope but realistically I think when you’re away from the game for two-and-a-half years what you were once is not what you probably will be,” Caldwell said. “Your skills do erode and especially if you’re not staying in tip-top shape and you’re not in football shape. I don’t know to expect but I would say common sense would probably be if you haven’t played football in two-and-a-half years apparently that’s not a priority for you.”

That’s a shame. Blackmon has great, great talent. He was a two-time winner of the Biletnikoff Award for the best wide receiver in college football, and he was the first wide receiver ever to win the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Award. He could have been something special in the NFL.

Instead, Blackmon will be a cautionary tale of a player whose great talent wasn’t enough to overcome his off-field problems.

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  1. treye2 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:57 PM

    L-O-S-E-R!

  2. jhein23 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:57 PM

    It’s a shame the he wasted his talents and a shame that he was paid more money than most of us will see in our lifetime.

  3. barsfordays says: Aug 4, 2015 12:58 PM

    They have Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Rashad Greene and Allen Robinson. They dont need Blackmon anyway

  4. jonathankrobinson424 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:59 PM

    ..the bottle is more important to him than football. Everyone makes a choice.

  5. lightninhopkins says: Aug 4, 2015 12:59 PM

    Booze is a helluva drug.

  6. pcbjagsfan says: Aug 4, 2015 1:00 PM

    Best of luck to Justin. I hope he can overcome his issues and live a good life outside of football. Now comes the opportunity to show your character and be a positive example for others.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:03 PM

    jhein23 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:57 PM
    It’s a shame the he wasted his talents and a shame that he was paid more money than most of us will see in our lifetime.
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    Why is this always a refrain? Find something to make big money with and profit from it. Don’t begrudge these guys because they do their (major) part in driving revenue and getting their fair share of it for being one of 1,500 of the greatest football players on earth.

  8. noleitup says: Aug 4, 2015 1:04 PM

    Thats just sad. Hope he saved some money.

  9. doomsdaydefensetx says: Aug 4, 2015 1:05 PM

    Some people aren’t mentally tough enough to walk the straight and narrow, that or they don’t have a good support system behind them.
    If it’s neither of those the person is probably just an idiot.

    Which one are you JB?

  10. trumb1mj says: Aug 4, 2015 1:06 PM

    Someone will give him another shot.

  11. rexdarteskimospy says: Aug 4, 2015 1:06 PM

    barsfordays said:

    “They have Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Rashad Greene and Allen Robinson. They dont need Blackmon anyway”

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    That’s all true, but he’s still a waste of a top-10 pick in the draft. I remember Jeff Fisher was really wanting to take him and was openly pissed when the Jaguars leaped ahead of St. Louis that year and stole him away. Worked out well for the Rams, but it came at the Jaguars’ expense.

  12. RonKarate says: Aug 4, 2015 1:08 PM

    Playing for the Jags will do that.

  13. patriotsdefense says: Aug 4, 2015 1:08 PM

    Blackmon is responsible for his actions but the NFL needs to start treating addiction issues differently. Yes, he should have been punished but 21 months in total seems excessive. What is being done to Josh Gordon is also excessive. I just wish there were better steps in place were rehabilitation and football were the focus and not banishment. Maybe the NFL can start by taking marijuana off the banned substance list as more states end the practice of prohibition.

  14. thedom2424 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:08 PM

    Remember when scouts were saying he is a better WR prospect than Dez Bryant and without the off-field problems… So much for that

  15. djbleedthestar says: Aug 4, 2015 1:10 PM

    But wasn’t he supposed to be Dez without the off the field issues??

  16. flipola says: Aug 4, 2015 1:10 PM

    Low risk, “high” reward.

  17. ceraser45 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:17 PM

    Its not about other teams giving him a shot. He doesnt even want to play in the NFL. He is all pudgy now and apparently failed another test. That was the #5 pick in the 2012 draft, so basically Jax wasted a 1st rounder on him. That 2012 1st round is looking really weak now!

  18. finfanjim says: Aug 4, 2015 1:17 PM

    It’s a shame. I remember seeing the bit on how he befriended a little boy while at OSU. And how he was a very positive influence in the boy’s life.

    Addiction is hell. Hopefully his life doesn’t end in a quick demise. Because he does seem to be pissing his life away…

  19. ceraser45 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:18 PM

    patriotsdefense says:
    Aug 4, 2015 1:08 PM
    Blackmon is responsible for his actions but the NFL needs to start treating addiction issues differently. Yes, he should have been punished but 21 months in total seems excessive. What is being done to Josh Gordon is also excessive. I just wish there were better steps in place were rehabilitation and football were the focus and not banishment. Maybe the NFL can start by taking marijuana off the banned substance list as more states end the practice of prohibition.

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    These guys are continuing to FAIL these tests. If you can’t stop failing the tests, what is the league supposed to do?

  20. spartyfi says: Aug 4, 2015 1:18 PM

    Charles Rogers 2.0

  21. jjackwagon says: Aug 4, 2015 1:26 PM

    Biggest bust since Ja’Marcus Russell.

  22. sadsackashizz says: Aug 4, 2015 1:26 PM

    ceraser45 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 1:18 PM

    patriotsdefense says:
    Aug 4, 2015 1:08 PM
    Blackmon is responsible for his actions but the NFL needs to start treating addiction issues differently. Yes, he should have been punished but 21 months in total seems excessive. What is being done to Josh Gordon is also excessive. I just wish there were better steps in place were rehabilitation and football were the focus and not banishment. Maybe the NFL can start by taking marijuana off the banned substance list as more states end the practice of prohibition.

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    These guys are continuing to FAIL these tests. If you can’t stop failing the tests, what is the league supposed to do?

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    Looks like you totally missed the point of what he was saying.

  23. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:28 PM

    and people rip on Spielman for taking Matt Kalil

  24. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 4, 2015 1:32 PM

    Poor Jags can’t catch a break. You never take a flier on the 5th overall pick. Just like the Bucs are going to find out with Jameis, its just not worth it.

    Why don’t the Jags spend some of that $ they have on FA players? Just make a run at it? I’m all for building in the draft but sometimes you just have to go for it. Make a splash!

  25. benwaballs11 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:32 PM

    I remember when the big debate was whether the Browns should draft Blackmon or Richardson. I’m sure glad they went with Richardson.

  26. doe22us says: Aug 4, 2015 1:33 PM

    This is a case of having a mega millions winning ticket and flushing it down the toilet. Good riddance…

  27. frank booth says: Aug 4, 2015 1:39 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 1:03 PM

    jhein23 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:57 PM
    It’s a shame the he wasted his talents and a shame that he was paid more money than most of us will see in our lifetime.
    ———-

    Why is this always a refrain? Find something to make big money with and profit from it. Don’t begrudge these guys because they do their (major) part in driving revenue and getting their fair share of it for being one of 1,500 of the greatest football players on earth.
    ==================================
    But he’s not one of the greatest 1500 football players on Earth. And he signed a contract to work towards that and he didn’t hold up his end of the bargain, wasting his talents and the time and trust of the organization. He drove no revenue for the organization and took the money and gave no production back.

    And if it is so easy to find something to make big money and profit from, I doubt you would be wasting your time posting on this website.

  28. 69finfan says: Aug 4, 2015 1:40 PM

    The bottle is more powerful than football, not more important.

  29. barry0181 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:44 PM

    Poor Jags can’t catch a break. You never take a flier on the 5th overall pick. Just like the Bucs are going to find out with Jameis, its just not worth it.
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    Can you see the future? Jameis hasn’t even played a down in the NFL. There have been no off field issues. He will be fine.

  30. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 4, 2015 1:53 PM

    Pretty sure there’s no team with as bad luck as the Jaguars in the draft

  31. wackyjag says: Aug 4, 2015 1:58 PM

    Think about these bust for a second, Blaine Gabbert 2011 1st round Bust Blackmon 2012 1st round bust….Ouch

  32. realfootballfan says: Aug 4, 2015 2:02 PM

    Jeff Fisher somewhere wiping the sweat off his brow. Charles Rogers, the alcohol edition.

  33. jwm042085 says: Aug 4, 2015 2:03 PM

    I mean it’s not up to anyone but him to decide what he does with his life, nowhere on his contact did it say make sure all your decisions make everyone in the world happy. Is it sad as far as them using a top pick on him, seeing he could have likely made HOF and been another T.O or something yeah that sucks. But the guy worked hard his whole life in football up to the NFL, if he wanted to walk away and do his own thing the what’s wrong w/ that? It’s his life…

  34. mthoren68 says: Aug 4, 2015 2:09 PM

    Another athlete who is going to be 28 and have more regrets than money.

  35. bassplucker says: Aug 4, 2015 2:12 PM

    What a stupendous waste of a prime draft pick. Made all the more so by the fact that the red flags were there for everyone to see. These are the kind of the decisions that take a team straight to the bottom and keep them there for several years.

  36. jonathankrobinson424 says: Aug 4, 2015 2:15 PM

    Poor Jags can’t catch a break. You never take a flier on the 5th overall pick. Just like the Bucs are going to find out with Jameis, its just not worth it.

    ————————————————————
    Winston is going to surprise his haters….he will be just like Ray Lewis. He’s talented and truly believes in himself. Every once in while a true star is born in the NFL and the Bucs finally have one. He will rip up the NFL for years.

  37. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 4, 2015 2:17 PM

    As Todd Marinovich said in the Marinovich Project – it was my talent to waste.

    I know from my perspective I am envious reading about this situation but what Marinovich said reasonates strongly.

    Justin Blackmon is an adult and obviously doesn’t feel as strongly about the sport as most professionals do. It’s no different than us normal folk that have crossed individuals with great talent that decided to do something different, something less glamorous.

    If Blackmon doesn’t enjoy the sport than more power to him. But, if he is plagued by a ‘disease’ such as addiction than I feel sorry and hope he can right the ship.

  38. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 4, 2015 2:23 PM

    At least he’s already in FL.

    It’s the mecca for down & out sub humans.

  39. bangithard says: Aug 4, 2015 2:24 PM

    this organization does not know how to take care of troubled players.

    Blackmon needs a retired player mentor such as a Chris Carter. the mentor needs to work for the organization and take a troubled player under the wing – teach them, train them, and mold them

    there is a lot thrown at young people that they don’t know how to handle.

    Organizations such as the Cowboys understand the certain players need help, other franchise are lost.

    this is a shame, Blackmon has some problems, and is throwing away a very rewarding NFL career. he could have been with a different organization getting help.

    Further, the NFL is culpable in the fact that banning these players completely removes the support system that they can lean on… shame on the jags and the NFL.

  40. bernieknowsfootball says: Aug 4, 2015 2:42 PM

    well that’s one blessing that the Browns finally side stepped

  41. tformation says: Aug 4, 2015 2:43 PM

    Do the Jaguars just have really bad luck or really bad scouts?

    The team is cursed in the draft. Did someone not let the goat into Everbank field on draft day or something? Did Mark Brunell curse the organization when he was traded to the Redskins?

    OK, Brunell’s no Babe Ruth, but just sayin’, the Jags seem cursed.

  42. billswillnevermove says: Aug 4, 2015 2:46 PM

    What a waste. Just stupid.

  43. nflrule says: Aug 4, 2015 2:59 PM

    Jags=Waste,Bortles is next

  44. professorpigskin10 says: Aug 4, 2015 3:00 PM

    trumb1mj says: Aug 4, 2015 1:06 PM

    Someone will give him another shot.
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    I think that’s the last thing an alcoholic needs

  45. steelerben says: Aug 4, 2015 3:18 PM

    ceraser45 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 1:17 PM
    Its not about other teams giving him a shot. He doesnt even want to play in the NFL. He is all pudgy now and apparently failed another test. That was the #5 pick in the 2012 draft, so basically Jax wasted a 1st rounder on him. That 2012 1st round is looking really weak now!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Andrew Luck, Ryan Tanehill, Luke Kuechly, Dontari Poe, Fletcher Cox, Michael Floyd, Michael Brockers, Bruce Irvin, Quinton Coples, Dre Kirkpatrick, Melvin Ingram, Chandler Jones, David DeCastro, Dont’a Hightower, Whitney Mercilus, Nick Perry, Harrison Smith.

    In a league where the first round is basically a coin flip, that is right around 50%.

  46. vicnocal says: Aug 4, 2015 3:23 PM

    You don’t even have to cite his COLLEGE awards in order to build a case for his talent – he once had a game in the NFL where he had 14 catches for 190 yards, and another game where he went for 7 catches 236 yards.

  47. Ferdinand says: Aug 4, 2015 6:00 PM

    Has he ever even played a pro game? I seem to remember him getting arrested for another DUI and getting suspended almost immediately upon getting drafted.

  48. kspec1982 says: Aug 4, 2015 6:33 PM

    I don’t understand why put yourself through rehab if your not planning on playing again?

    He could have just said screw it kept drinking and smoking and went on being a bum.

    It just doesn’t make sense.

  49. mnsadsportsfan says: Aug 4, 2015 8:24 PM

    Geez I wish this dude had a reality show.

  50. overthetop6 says: Aug 4, 2015 11:19 PM

    Biggest bust since Ja’Marcus Russell.

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    Ja’Marcus Russell flat couldn’t play in the NFL. Blackmon, when he made it on the field, looked every bit as advertised. He just couldn’t stay on the field.

  51. xinellum says: Aug 5, 2015 9:57 AM

    While Irsay is an alcoholic, opiate fiend, who bought an apartment for a woman who supplied his drugs and she ended up committing (cough-cough) “suicide”, that’s OK, he has a lot of money. But Blackmon smoked a little weed, okay, a lot of weed, but we are basing this on the antiquated system of the NFL for punishing people for something that is legal, decriminalized or medically cleared in the majority of states. Clearly not a performance enhancer just something the “old, rich, white boys club” has determined is a way to single out young black men and hold them down because that is more their culture than going out and getting drunk. While all the good white players are allowed to get away with murder (literally), the young black players are single out. I am white but I clearly can see what the NFL is doing. Maybe Boykin and McCoy aren’t too far off the mark but their remarks should be directed at ownership and coaches as a whole not just Kelly.

  52. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 6, 2015 1:53 AM

    Looked like an all pro when he was playing…kind of like josh Gordon.

  53. freebird2011 says: Aug 7, 2015 10:29 AM

    Whoever said Charles Rogers 2.0 was right on the money.

    Rogers attempted to make a comeback after a couple years away from football and ran a 4.90 40. This was after running a 4.26 at Michigan State’s Pro Day.

  54. wolfpacka42 says: Aug 10, 2015 2:45 PM

    Yes. Justin Blackmon did violate the NFL drug policy but the punishment given does not fit the crime. To me one he needs help. Two I don’t think that you can on drugs every day and be an effective NFL player. LT back in the day was another story. I beleive that he did some pot and alcohol here and there. I don’t think that its an every day problem. Same thing with Josh Gordon. However if I was Justin Blackmon I would not want to play for the Jaguars again. A trade would be better for him. I can see him and Gordon ending up in the CFL in the near future.

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