NFL Rumors: Will Justin Blackmon Play Slot Receiver For Jacksonville Jaguars?

By Joey Farbo

The Jacksonville Jaguars have rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon in training camp, but where does the first-round pick fit in the team’s new offense?

Latest rumors suggest Blackmon could start his NFL career as the Jaguars slot receiver.

Looking at the Jaguars depth chart at wide receiver, they have better options in Laurent Robinson, Cecil Shorts and Lee Evans for guys that can line up on the outside and stretch the field vertically. While Blackmon could certainly succeed on the outside, his tremendous route running skill and hands make him a perfect candidate to occupy the slot.

Blackmon’s primary competition in the slot would be Mike Thomas, who has been less than stellar ever since he signed a three-year contract extension in the middle of last season. If Blackmon does indeed slide into the middle to play the slot receiver position, it could be the end of Thomas’ Jaguars career despite his contract.

Regardless of where Blackmon plays this season, the Jaguars are hoping that he makes a significant impact on a passing offense that ranked dead last in the league in 2011.

Jaguars fans will have to wait until at least next week to see where Blackmon plays as the team has already announced that he will not play in the preseason opener on Friday against the New York Giants. The team will not see Blackmon in pads until they practice on Sunday and hope that he will get caught up enough to play in their preseason game next Friday against the New Orleans Saints.

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