The future of wide receiver Justin Blackmon is cloudy in Jacksonville and is appears that he’s cutting himself off from the people who want to help him have a career both on and off the field. While he’s been managing to stay out of trouble for the most part this offseason, Blackmon’s communication with the Jaguars is minimal at best and it’s starting to cause worry within the locker room.
According to Michael DiRocco from ESPN.com, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley stated that he hasn’t spoken to Blackmon in weeks, and it’s making him uneasy since they usually always meet once a week for an extended period of time. Jacksonville is also worried about Blackmon’s availability for the 2014 season and are already moving forward without him.
The Jaguars are still unsure of Blackmon’s availability for the 2014 season — he will be able to petition NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement before the season begins — and the team is planning on being without him.
The fact that the Jaguars, who are a team who underwent a significant facelift this season on defense, are starting to grow away from one of their players doesn’t suggest good things lie ahead. Blackmon has had problems off the the field that have taken him away from the Jaguars on Sundays, and it appears that if he’s going to be suspended for an extended period in 2014, this may be the beginning of the end for Blackmon in Jacksonville.