Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell doesn’t expect to have WR Justin Blackmon this season
Only two years ago, the Jaguars drafted Justin Blackmon with the fifth overall pick, hoping the two-time Biletnikoff Award winner (given to the top college wide receiver) would bring a downfield threat to an anemic passing game.
But after a DUI in 2012 and two violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, Blackmon was suspended indefinitely in November 2013.
He can apply for reinstatement before this upcoming season, but Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said on Friday that having Blackmon back with team in 2014 is “not something we’re counting on,” according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
Caldwell had said previously that having Blackmon back at any point would be a “luxury,” but that the team will welcome him back if the opportunity arises.
Blackmon showed promise his rookie season, catching 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns. After a four-game suspension to start the 2013 season, Blackmon returned with two monster games — 136 yards and a touchdown against the Rams in Week 5 and 190 yards on 14 catches against the Broncos in Week 6 — but was suspended again only two weeks later.
Don’t be surprised to see Jacksonville draft a wide receiver to team with Cecil Shorts III. Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is expected to go No. 2 to the Rams, but the Jaguars could trade up to get him or select a receiver with 39th pick (second round) or 70th (third round).
Caldwell — “It’s not something we’re counting on. … relatively surprised” — re Blackmon playing in 2014.
— Ryan O’Halloran (@ryanohalloran) May 2, 2014