Here is some news Jacksonville Jaguars fans probably didn’t want to here: General Manager Dave Caldwell says the troubled wide-receivers time as a Jaguar has likely come to an end.
“I think we’ve covered that,” Caldwell said. “We’ve moved on for this year.”
When asked if he would cut Blackmon, Caldwell said:
“We can’t [cut him]. If that even happens.”
Bradley also stated his disappointment in the situation.
“I feel at times there’s probably a little emptiness,” Bradley said. “There are some unknowns there and you don’t know how it’s working. You don’t want to shut it off. I was hoping it would be better than where it is going. We haven’t heard much and it doesn’t sound like it’s going in the right direction. Like Dave said, we can’t count on him.”
via Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley strongly hint suspended receiver Justin Blackmon done with team | The Florida-Times Union
On the field there’s not denying the talent that Blackmon has. With no elite quarterback, Blackmon looked be be breaking out as he gained 415 yards and 1 touchdown in his four games played. But off the field, the second year receiver has been unable to comply with the rules of the NFL, being suspended twice in a six-month time period, one resulting in a four-game suspension and one that wiped away the remainder of the 2013 season due to violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Yet to be reinstated, it’s put his tenure with the Jaguars in limbo and the organization, as seen above, is ready to move on.
And the process to move on has begun immediately as they’ve made moves in the 2014 NFL Draft to make up for Blackmon’s lost. In the second round, the Jaguars walked away with Marqise Lee of USC and Allen Robinson of Penn State. With Blake Bortles at the helm of the offense, getting something out of these two immediately will help clear the loss of Blackmon from the fans and organization.
This won’t be the last we see of Blackmon in the NBA. As we’ve seen in the past, someone will give this talented young player a second chance to prove that he’s matured and ready to be a consistent factor on the football field. A trade isn’t out of the question, but relinquishing an asset for a player who has these kind of troubles come off as irresponsible. If cut, he’ll likely have a market of teams waiting for him.
For now, we wait to see how the NFL chooses to handle this situation.