Justin Blackmon WR JAC 2 months ago1 Comment

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon is not expected to return to the team if and when he is reinstated by the league after being suspended for violating the substance abuse policy three times, according to ESPN.com. Blackmon has not played since Week 8 of the 2013 season, and general manager David Caldwell indicated the team has not been in contact with the former first-round pick. "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." Blackmon remains under contract with the Jaguars, but reports surfaced in May that he was denied reinstatement and it is uncertain if and when he will reapply.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 5 months ago1 Comment

Blackmon (suspension) applied for reinstatement but was denied by the NFL, 1010 XL's Mike Dempsey reports.

The Jaguars seem to view any future contribution from Blackmon as a bonus, and it now seems the former No. 5 overall selection is in danger of missing another season. Dynasty owners may want to wait for something more definitive, but it appears the Jags are ready to move forward with a receiving corps led by Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns, not to mention TE Julius Thomas.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 5 months ago6 Comments

It remains unclear whether Blackmon will return to the Jaguars at some point in the future, the Florida Times-Union reports.

When asked about Blackmon, Jags' GM Dave Caldwell reiterated that he is unaware of whether the former first-round pick will rejoin the team. "Our process hasn't changed," Caldwell said. "Plan to go without him, but if he emerges, he emerges and he's going to go in with those top guys and compete with those other guys. Hopefully we're able to get some news, but if not, we weren't planning on it, we're just going to go." Blackmon, who has had a number of run-ins with the law involving marijuana and alcohol, was effective in 2013, catching 29 passes for 415 yards and a touchdown, but a suspension limited him to only four games. If he returns to the team, he'll have to prove his way back onto the active roster, and at this point it seems as though the Jaguars are more than prepared to move forth without him.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 8 months ago7 Comments

Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is optimistic that Blackmon (suspension) will be back with the team for 2015, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Blackkmon has been suspended indefinitely since the middle of the 2013 campaign, but he will likely apply for reinstatement this offseason. While the Jags are optimistic, the reinstatement is no sure thing, given that Blackmon was reportedly arrested for marijuana possession in July. Still, he'll likely be eligible to play at some point in 2015, assuming he doesn't fail a drug test or have any additional legal issues. While not exactly a burner, Blackmon is faster than he appears, with an impressive combination of strength, ball skills and running ability. He flashed that skill set in 2013, catching 29-of-48 targets for 415 yards and a touchdown in four games. Even with the Jags selecting both Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee in the second round of the 2014 draft, Blackmon could conceivably re-emerge as Jacksonville's go-to receiver. On a less encouraging note, Blake Bortles struggled badly as a rookie, and the Jags still have a weak offensive line. There are a ton of different factors at play here, but Blackmon's talent makes him intriguing in any dynasty format.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 1 year ago

Speaking Thursday, Jaguars owner Shad Khan said the team has "no plans" to release troubled WR Justin Blackmon.

With Blackmon already indefinitely suspended, the Jags have little to gain by cutting him loose following his Wednesday arrest for marijuana possession. Blackmon does not count toward the 90-man roster. The best time to re-evaluate Blackmon's standing with the team will be if/when he's reinstated. It's not going to happen in 2014.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 1 year ago30 Comments

Justin Blackmon was arrested on marijuana possession charges Wednesday night.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 1 year ago3 Comments

The Jaguars say they "haven't heard much" from suspended WR Justin Blackmon, and "it doesn't sound like it's going in the right direction."

Several teammates and members of the organization have reached out to Blackmon, but he reportedly doesn't reply to their text messages or phone calls very often. Cecil Shorts indicated Blackmon has checked into rehab and is "doing all right." A former college coach of Blackmon's says the receiver admitted that he's "getting help." Blackmon caught 29 balls for 415 yards and one score in just four starts last season. His talent has never been questioned.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 1 year ago

The Jaguars have not ruled out a Justin Blackmon reinstatement at some point during the 2014 season.

We'd still consider it a longshot that Blackmon's ban is lifted prior to the 2015 season, but the Jags are holding out hope. Essentially, they're treating him as a luxury after adding two polished rookies in Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson to run with Cecil Shorts. As a multiple Stage 3 violator, Blackmon must apply to the league office for reinstatement.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 1 year ago

The clock is stopped on Justin Blackmon's contract while he's suspended.

It's one of the many reasons the Jaguars would be silly to cut Blackmon even though he's violated the league's substance abuse policy three times. He's not taking up a roster spot, they don't have to pay his salary and they'll have him under club control cheaply for three seasons if he ever does get reinstated. Blackmon is not expected to see the field until 2015 at the earliest.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 1 year ago

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Jaguars don't plan to release suspended WR Justin Blackmon.

The Jaguars are allowed to release Blackmon during his indefinite suspension, but they have no plans to do so and want him to return once reinstated. The team has no idea if, or when, Blackmon will be back in the NFL after multiple violations of the substance-abuse policy. He's being viewed merely as a luxury.