Jacksonville Jaguars Receiver Justin Blackmon Misses Final Day Of Rookie Minicamp With Foot Injury

By Joey Farbo

The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to take every precaution with their first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon.

Blackmon was held out of the final day of practice of the Jaguars three day rookie minicamp this weekend with soreness in his right foot.

Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said the move was only precautionary and that he would be ready to go when the entire team opens their organized team activities on May 15.

“He was just sore and we just felt like, ‘Was it worth the risk? Why push it any more?’’’ Mularkey said.

The Jaguars were right to hold Blackmon out of practice, because foot problems can linger if they are not treated properly. In the grand scheme of things, having a 100% healthy Blackmon in September will benefit the Jaguars much more than having him on the field for a relatively meaningless practice in early May. The practices this weekend were meant more for the guys trying to earn a roster spot for the upcoming training camp, not for a guy like Blackmon who already has his spot on the roster.

Blackmon, who the Jaguars moved up two spots in last months NFL Draft to select, is expected to become a much needed playmaker for an offense that finished dead last in the NFL in passing offense last season.

Mularkey was impressed with group of 50 players that participated in the minicamp this past weekend. The Jaguars signed seven guys who participated in the camp.

Included in the seven players that the Jaguars signed on Monday was former Cincinnati Bengals back-up quarterback Jordan Palmer.

The Jaguars also signed fullback Naufahu Tahi, defensive tackle Odrick Ray, wide receiver Mike Brown, wide receiver Chris Forcier, linebacker Donovan Richard and defensive back Jeremiah Brown.

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