Jaguars G.M.: Justin Blackmon is “doing the right things”

AP

The Jaguars could use all the help they can get on offense.

And if you listen to them, there’s a sense former first-rounder Justin Blackmon might be able to.

Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell said on Friday’s PFT Live that he’s encouraged by the reports he’s getting on the wide receiver, who is eligible to apply for reinstatement after his latest substance abuse suspension.

“It’s currently in the league’s hands and it’s in Justin’s hands, to be honest with you,” Caldwell said. “The reports I’ve gotten second-hand is that he’s doing the right things and engaging in the program and he’s really trying to make positive strides in his life. Our thoughts are with him.

“We’ll welcome him back if he does all the right things and hopefully the league shows some urgency in trying to focus on him and he shows some urgency in trying to do the right things. Right now, those reports are positive.”

Owner Shad Khan made similar statements recently, so it’s clear the Jaguars are willing to work with him.

His suspension was indefinite, and until he applies for reinstatement it could be a moot point. But the fact team officials are openly lobbying for his return can’t hurt. Blackmon hasn’t played since 2013, so it’s hard to expect anything on the field, but if he’s getting his life turned around, the football might be a secondary concern.

30 responses to “Jaguars G.M.: Justin Blackmon is “doing the right things”

  1. Dude would be like 5th on the depth chart. How can you justify giving him more snaps than Cecil Shorts, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee or Allen Robinson?

  2. He’s also said the right things before and it was nothing but a bunch of empty words. Maybe now that he realizes he life on easy street is in the balance he’s finally getting his head out of his backside.

    He’s at the point now where talk is cheap and he can talk all he wants. He’s going to have to PROVE he has changed. He no longer deserves the benefit of the doubt and he has only himself to blame for that.

    It’s a crying shame. When he’s on the field he’s almost unstoppable.

  3. It’s OK. We all know why he needs to stick around the NFL. If he were to leave prior to getting more photo ops, then we’d never fully appreciate how bad Dez Bryant would look sporting a beard.

  4. What is WITH the front office of this team?! The brain trust behaves just like Charlie Brown, as he hurls himself at full speed attempting to kick the football to the opposing team, secure in the knowledge that Lucy will hold the ball in place THIS time! We ALL know how this ends and the Jags should know how the latest episode will end with THEIR ” Lucy.”

  5. Good chance of rust even if he gets back on the field next year.

    The same situation for Josh Gordon when he comes back in 2016….or 2017. You can’t just pick up where you left off if you’ve had a layoff of over a year.

  6. @ fdugrad – they are treating him like a luxury. If the league reinstates him, great…he’s got unquestionable talent. If they don’t reinstate him or he screws up again, they’re not counting on him. The Jags spent 2 second round picks on receivers last draft.

  7. Face reality, they’re “sticking with him” because they don’t want to admit they drafted a turd. Everyone knew he was a turd, but they drafted him anyway.

  8. “justin blackmon is doing all the right things”

    G.M. TRANSLATION: Once justin blackmon is reinstated… we would like to get rid of him but his value due to his history is value is so low… so… we have to get out in front of this story by creating some fake positives to puff up his diminished value.

  9. He looks about 35 in that picture. Gotta wonder how many good years he has left even if he’s on the straight and narrow from here on out.

    He may yet turn out to be this generation’s Cris Carter… but I wouldn’t put any of my own money down on that.

  10. barsfordays says: Feb 20, 2015 4:25 PM

    Dude would be like 5th on the depth chart. How can you justify giving him more snaps than Cecil Shorts, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee or Allen Robinson?

    ————————————————————

    Shorts is a FA and almost guaranteed to sign with someone else. Hurns is a #4 WR at best on a good team. Robinson has a serious foot injury to overcome, and would be the starting X if healthy. Lee showed a nice skillset but would be best in the slot.

    Blackmon will most likely be the starting Z if he is reinstated before camp. The reports I’ve read is he had been training hard in hopes he would be reinstated (outside of rehab, that is).

    So, Jax’s 2015 starting WRs could be Robinson at X, Blackmon at Z and Lee in the slot.

    A lot of potential…and question marks.

  11. I’d be skeptical, because so many of these stories don’t end well. But the Tyrann Mathieu situation here in Phoenix gives me hope. That man has completely turned his life around. He’s been a model citizen and leader in the locker room the entire time he’s been here, and turned out to be an absolute steal in the 3rd round of the draft. Blackmon would do well to reach out to him for a little support, I’m sure he’d gladly provide it.

  12. Not sure if I should give the Jags credit for sticking with this kid through all of this, or to give them scorn for enabling him through all of it.

    I’m leaning towards the credit. As far as I remember, his only issues were substance based. He wasn’t out fighting at clubs or getting domestic violence beefs or anything like that

    Although, as talented as Blackmon was coming out, I find it hard to believe he’s going to be out of the game for as long as he has, and come back to be effective any time soon

  13. The guy saying Blackmon would be 5th on the depth chart is an idiot. When Blackmon was playing his second year he was blasting. I believe had had a couple 100 yd games and a 200 yarded if I recall. Fact is if Blackmon is anything like he was before suspension, he’s number 1.

  14. For the Jags to still support him is great. Hell this regime they have now didn’t draft him but he has alot of talent. To them he is a luxury. What if he comes back and miraculously had not lost a step. He is a difference maker. What if they cut him and he got picked up by another team then never touched a drug or alcohol again. They would get ridiculed for it. They are in a great spot. They already have good young talent. Plus a possible veteran in free agency. Then possibly Blackmon comes back. That’s a great young WR group for Bortles. Now worry about the Oline and pass rusher.

  15. @gojags436, I appreciate your opinion, however, since 2010 he has had two DUI and a pot arrest, 2013 four game suspension in April and indefinite suspension as of Nov 2013. In addition, the Jags were aware of his problematic college history prior to drafting him with the fifth pick of the draft. He has played in only twenty games for them has a total of six TD and less than 1,500 receiving yards. That’s a mighty expensive luxury regardless the circumstances you cited.

  16. marty2020 says:
    Feb 20, 2015 5:38 PM
    JoeToronto, the current regime didn’t draft him. So they would have no sense of embarrassment about releasing him if they wanted to.
    ************************************************
    Khan was the owner and he’s quoted in the story, Marty.

  17. barsfordays says:
    Feb 20, 2015 4:25 PM
    Dude would be like 5th on the depth chart. How can you justify giving him more snaps than Cecil Shorts, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee or Allen Robinson?
    ==========

    If you add up all of the talent in those players entire bodies, it wouldn’t add up to what Blackmon has in his finger nail.

    He’s the #1 reciever on that depth chart the second he is reinstated. Don’t get it twisted.

  18. joetoronto says:
    Feb 20, 2015 8:14 PM
    marty2020 says:
    Feb 20, 2015 5:38 PM
    JoeToronto, the current regime didn’t draft him. So they would have no sense of embarrassment about releasing him if they wanted to.
    ************************************************
    Khan was the owner and he’s quoted in the story, Marty.
    =======

    Do you know what Google is? It’s this thing where you can do 5 minutes of research and get your facts straight.

    Khan was absolutely NOT the owner of the team when the Jags drafted Blackmon and Bradley was NOT the coach.

  19. I’d rather have him than Clowney right now. Both are worthless, but at least Blackmon has some upside.

  20. If you have watched this kid play then you know why Jax is trying everything they can. He is a game changer. They do not have a physical talent close to him on the WR squad.

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