Justin Blackmon WR JAC 2 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 8 months 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 8 months ago30 Comments

Justin Blackmon was arrested on marijuana possession charges Wednesday night.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 11 months ago

Jaguars owner Shad Khan called the Justin Blackmon situation an "absolute tragedy."

Khan loved Blackmon when he entered the 2012 draft, and the owner approved a trade-up to No. 5 overall to select the big receiver. He had alcohol issues at Oklahoma State but stayed out of trouble as a rookie before the train started coming off the tracks in 2013. He opened the year with a four-game ban before receiving an indefinite suspension in November. The new regime in Jacksonville didn't draft Blackmon and may be done with him. The Jaguars gave away Blackmon's locker this week and drafted two second-round receivers.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 11 months ago7 Comments

GM Dave Caldwell confirmed that the Jaguars will not have Justin Blackmon in 2014.

Justin Blackmon WR JAC 11 months ago5 Comments

Live at club headquarters, ESPN's Britt McHenry reported Wednesday that the Jaguars are "not expecting Justin Blackmon at all for 2014."

The words reportedly came directly from GM Dave Caldwell's mouth, though we do wonder if the Jaguars painted such a bleak picture to McHenry in an attempt to create the impression they'll take Clemson WR Sammy Watkins at No. 3 overall. Regardless, it's clear the Jags aren't counting on having Blackmon, and would consider his 2014 return a "bonus." As is, their starting wideouts are Cecil Shorts and Ace Sanders, with Mike Brown as their No. 3 receiver.