While the Jacksonville Jaguars don’t have too many things going their way, one bright spot as of late is wide receiver Justin Blackmon. There aren’t too many great Fantasy Football producers on the Jaguars squad by Blackmon appears to be the only lock.
After missing the first four games of the 2013 NFL season due to violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, Blackmon has tore it up on the field. Blackmon has had problems off the field in the past and he has recognized his faults and takes full responsibility for them.
In his rookie year, Blackmon caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns. In an overtime loss to the Houston Texans in 2012, Blackmon record top-notch numbers with 236 yards and one touchdown. The potential for this first year player was quite high, as long as he could stay out of trouble.
Vowing to stay in top NFL shape during his off time to start the season, Blackmon has looked unstoppable in his first two starts. He’s gathered in 19 passes on 29 targets with 326 yards and one touchdown. Blackmon appears to want to prove his four-game suspension is behind him and is now focused solely on aiding the team.
Part of his success could be due in part to the new starting quarter back, Chad Henne. Former starter, Blaine Gabbert went down with an injury and Henne has stepped in and done quite well. Henne is already named the starter for their Week 7 contest.
Against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Henne completed 27 passes, 14 of them going to Blackmon. Clearly with Henne, Blackmon is the top go-to option in the passing game that has the potential to break any play loose at any time.
Also during the contest on Sunday, fellow Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts may have suffered a fractured rib. This only comes as more good news for Blackmon owners as he now has the field to himself. He may draw double coverage but Blackmon is extremely quick and talented and the Jaguars are most likely going to be playing from behind in multiple games, forcing them to throw.
Blackmon owners have been quite happy with his performance so far and should continue to place him in their starting lineup. While the team itself may not have too much on the positive end of the spectrum, Blackmon has all kinds of upside and will continue to please his Fantasy owners.